Research

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VIU Professor Studies How Pandemic Affected Recreation Programming in the Yukon

September 14, 2021

Dr. Aggie Weighill is participating in a two-phase research project that aims to develop a more resilient, post-pandemic model of recreation delivery.How people view the role and importance of physical activity in the well-being and social togetherness of their community is a... Read more


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BC Government announces support for VIU-developed drug checking technology

August 17, 2021

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is excited to share the news that the provincial government is providing $305,000 for HarmCheck – a cutting-edge drug-checking technology that was developed at VIU.It uses high-throughput paper spray mass spectrometry to provide rapid drug-checking... Read more


Dr. Amanda Wager, wearing a green shirt and black blazer, stands in front of a white wall.

Indigenous Youth Exploring Issues through VIU Art-based Literacy Project

June 23, 2021

VIU community-engaged research team working with youth to use art as a conduit for self-care, language learning and as a relationship-building tool.A team of Vancouver Island University (VIU) community-engaged researchers is working with Indigenous youth on a project that is... Read more


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VIU Invites Community to Learn about Sustainable Development through Online Game

June 22, 2021

VIU receives $100,000 from the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program to continue promoting and advancing goals at the University.What would you do if you were in charge of a country? How would you balance the needs of your people against creating a... Read more


Sean Sloan faces the camera while standing in front of a canopy of trees.

VIU Canada Research Chair Developing Tools to Inform Forest Recovery Initiatives

June 15, 2021

Dr. Sean Sloan will build on expertise in the field of forest management, wildfire dynamics, and satellite Earth observation to develop a new understanding of the geography of forest recovery and burning, with applications for sustainable forest management.Vancouver Island... Read more


Genevieve van der Voort examines insect samples with a microscope.

VIU Undergraduate Student Publishes Research Paper in Peer-Reviewed Journal

June 9, 2021

Genevieve van der Voort was the lead author of the published research – a rare accomplishment for an undergraduate student.Genevieve van der Voort is graduating from Vancouver Island University (VIU) with a significant accomplishment under her belt – she is lead author on a research... Read more


Dr. Lindsay McCunn smiles at the viewer while wearing a grey blazer and shirt.

VIU Researcher Investigates Hospital Design Elements to Improve Employee Well-being

May 20, 2021

VIU researcher surveying Island Health employees working in Cowichan District Hospital to understand what physical architectural features make a difference in their work satisfaction and well-being. Vancouver Island University (VIU) Psychology Professor Dr. Lindsay McCunn is... Read more


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VIU’s Milner Gardens Marks 20 Years as a Public Garden

May 13, 2021

Donated to VIU 25 years ago, the property is home to a range of educational activities, community events and research projects.From programs that connect children to nature, to the magic of Christmas in the garden, to studying the effects of climate change on local plants, Vancouver... Read more


A student wearing a green dress stands in front of audience members and discusses their research during the 2019 CREATE Conference.

VIU Students Presenting Research and Creative Activity during CREATE Conference

April 8, 2021

WHAT: VIU virtual CREATE Conference – a celebration of student scholarship, research and creative activityWHEN:  April 12-15, 2021, various timesWHERE:  Sessions offered via Zoom and online galleries, see full schedule hereVancouver Island University’s (VIU’... Read more


Deep Bay

BC Government Announces Support for Development of a Food Hub at VIU's Deep Bay Marine Field Station

March 2, 2021

The BC government has announced support for the development of new food hubs to strengthen food security on the island, including a new Seafood Innovation Centre at VIU’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station.“We are thrilled to harness the potential of Deep Bay’s world-class research labs... Read more