April 29, 2024

This May 22, it’s time to Get Science Done

Join Faculty of Science at launch of new strategy during lively evening of science and discovery
Ampersand lobby
Ampersand lobby Courtesy Ampersand

Often, science is about the small details — the tiny factors and data points that gradually point to exciting breakthroughs and world-changing firsts.

But sometimes, it’s about the big questions — like how can we maximize science’s benefit to Canada? How do we secure Alberta’s STEM talent pipeline for decades to come? And how do we ensure that science makes the world a better place, each and every day?

These questions have been at the forefront of the Faculty of Science for over a year during the creation of the faculty’s 2030 strategic plan, Get Science Done. Following a rigorous consultation and development process, Science will unveil the plan with a launch event at the Ampersand building on May 22.

“The bottom line is that we are here to serve the community,” says Dr. Kristin Baetz, dean of science. “This faculty drives Alberta’s STEM talent pipeline and accelerates discovery and innovation to solve key challenges for all of us. Our new strategy is all about that — making science accessible to everyone and delivering tangible benefits for Canada.”

Get Science Done’s lighthearted name reflects the can-do spirit of science, which was on full display during the extensive consultation process. The Faculty of Science’s strategy task team met with hundreds of students, faculty members, support staff, community representatives, and industry partners to gather their input and feedback. After further iterations, the resulting strategy was approved by the Faculty of Science Council in March 2024.

“Get Science Done is aligned with the university’s Ahead of Tomorrow strategic plan and with Alberta’s needs,” says Baetz. “And now, we’re excited to share it with everyone.”

Launch event will showcase and celebrate UCalgary Science

On May 22, university and community members are invited to the Ampersand building for a lively evening of science and discovery at the Get Science Done launch event. Beginning at 5:30 p.m, the event will feature a keynote talk, an industry panel, booths and exhibits, and a networking session, plus appetizers and beverages for all.

Attendees will also be able to get a first look at the Multidisciplinary Science Hub, the new state-of-the-art science building that will be built on campus following a funding announcement in Alberta’s 2024 budget.

“It’s going to be a great event, and everyone is welcome,” says Baetz. “Science touches everyone’s lives, and we’re committed to transdisciplinarity across our whole university community. No matter what you study or work on, there will be something for you.”

Attendees are asked to RSVP to the event to help the Faculty of Science prepare accordingly.

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