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Western Science is home to both foundational and applied research that impacts the quality of life of society as a whole and holds a number of open free events throughout the year to highlight the breadth and depths of our scholarly engagement and to engage members of the public, industry, and government in our research enterprise.

For department-led talks, colloquia, and other offerings, it is also helpful to check out discipline-specific websites or the Western Events Calendar. 

Future Events

Stay tuned for upcoming research events and talks!

Annual Research Events

Faculty of Science

Fallona Family Interdisciplinary Science Award & Lecture - January 16, 2024


Helen Battle Lecture

Dr. Helen Battle had a long and highly-distinguished career at Western. She was a Western alumna who graduated with a BA in Honors Zoology in 1923 and completed her MA in 1924. She earned her PhD in Zoology from the University of Toronto in 1928 and was the first woman in Canada to earn a PhD in marine biology. Dr. Battle earned many honours in her lifetime, including the Canada Centennial Medal in 1967, honorary degrees from Western and Carleton, and the UWO Alumni Association Award of Merit. She died in 1994 at the age of 90.

The department also features open seminars as well as many PhD Theses lectures open to the public.


Fred Pattison Senior Lectureship

no 2024 talk scheduled as of yet.

This lecture series was endowed by the family of Fred L.M. Pattison, Head of the Department from 1959 to 1965.

Paul de Mayo Lectureship

no 2024 talk scheduled as of yet.

Paul de Mayo was a dedicated teacher-scholar at Western for 35 years. After his death in 1994, contributions for a fund to commemorate his life and work came from around the world, reflecting the high respect, admiration, and affection of his former collaborators and colleagues. This fund now honors one of Western's top graduate students each year.

The department also features a seminar series featuring invited speakers on an array of topics.

Computer Science

Stay tuned for more information from the Department of Computer Science.

Earth Sciences

C. Gordon Winder Memorial SCUGOG Public Lecture is an endowed lecture to bring Earth Sciences to the public. No 2024 talk scheduled as of yet.

The department also has a departmental colloquium series, typically once per month, and there is some information about a few upcoming ones on the left hand side of their home page.

Physics and Astronomy

Elizabeth Laird Memorial Lecture

No 2024 talk scheduled as of yet.

This lecture series was initiated in 1970 to honour Professor Elizabeth Rebecca Laird—long-time associate, colleague and friend of the Physics Department at The University of Western Ontario. It was the first lecture series in the Faculty of Science at Western to carry the name of an individual, which is particularly fitting since she accomplished so many “firsts” in her long and distinguished career.

These lectures are designed to bring to the general public some of the excitement that leading physicists from all over the world have as they understand fundamentals and apply their special talents to solving many of today's scientific and technological problems.

The department also features colloquia featuring speakers from within the department and from other institutions.

School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Nerenberg Lecture Series

No 2024 talk scheduled as of yet.

The Nerenberg Lecture Series recognizes accomplished people having extraordinary and authentic things to say to a broad audience on the great ideas of our age relating to science and mathematics.

The Nerenberg Lecture is named after the late Morton (Paddy) Nerenberg, a much-loved professor and researcher born on 17 March - hence his nickname. He was a Professor at Western for more than a quarter-century, and a founding member of the Department of Applied Mathematics. He was a successful researcher and an accomplished teacher, who believed in the unity of knowledge. He believed that scientific and mathematical ideas belong to everyone and that they are of human importance. He regretted that they had become inaccessible to so many, and anticipated serious consequences from it. He died in 1993 at the age of 57. He is survived by his children Albert, Ben, and Simone. The series honors his appreciation for the democracy of ideas.

This free public lecture series seeks to make the important, the surprising and the little known discoveries of science and mathematics accessible to all.

Both departments have seminars and colloquiums, but these are mainly attended by their faculty, students and postdocs. Saying this, if people from outside the Dept are interested, they are welcome to check out the calendars on the Mathematics and DSAS websites.