Brock Talks

As part of UBC’s Centennial Celebration, the Pacific Museum of Earth and the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences teamed up to produce Brock Talks, a public lecture series that showcases cutting-edge and provocative topics of broad public interest in Earth science. From global climate change and sea level rise to the natural hazards of large destructive landslides in British Columbia—Brock Talks covers subject matter that are relevant and topical to everyone living in the dynamic geological environment of western Canada. The lecture series’ name commemorates Reginald W. Brock, geologist and geological engineer, who was one of the first four professors appointed at UBC in 1914 and who served as the first Dean of Applied Sciences and Head of the Department of Geological Sciences (currently Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, EOAS).


Join us in the Earth Sciences Building lecture theatre for an evening of innovative science presented by internationally renowned scientists. The Brock Talk series aims to educate the community on scientific issues that affect our collective safety, financial, environmental, and educational well-being. By dedicating the lecture series to one of UBC’s founding faculty members, R.W. Brock, we hope to involve the Metro Vancouver community in a dialogue of B.C.’s unique geographical and geological setting and how UBC and B.C.’s shared history has and will continue to contribute to the stewardship of the province’s natural resources and natural environment, while maintaining a sense of excitement surrounding the Centennial year celebration.

Watch past Brock Talks:

Prof. Paul Hoffman, Nov 7, 2015: Earth’s Astonishing Climate History (introduction by EOAS Professor Mark Jellinek)


Prof. Dante Lauretta, Jan 25, 2018 Exploring asteroids in the Near-Earth Space