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Arts & Science Research Talks

The Arts and Science Research Talk series was started in 2005 to provide a venue for Athabasca faculty to share their research with the University community. We also envisioned a space where graduate students, tutors and visiting speakers could present their work.

We strive to represent a range of academic interests and topics from all of the Arts and Science Centres with the aim of fostering an excitement about our intellectual interests and a supportive environment to encourage networking among our faculty and staff. Sharing our intellectual output is an important aspect of university life.

In Athabasca University’s networked environment, this can present some challenges. In order to complement the successful Lunch 'n' Learn series in Athabasca, and the Centre for Innovative Management’s Collaborative Research Forum in St. Albert, it was decided to hold the Arts and Science Research Talks in Edmonton at the Edmonton Learning Centre.

We broadcast the talks via web conferencing to allow off-site participation as well as later viewing of the recorded series.

Our first year was highly successful, featuring award winning poet George Elliot Clarke as a guest speaker, as well as a range of our own Athabasca University academics. We look forward to a continuing tradition of interesting and wide-ranging talks.

2016 Presentations

We are inviting presentations for the 2015-2016 Arts and Science Research Talk series. We welcome presentations by faculty members, tutors and students at AU. We particularly welcome presentations by new faculty members so that we get to know our colleagues and their work. Preference is given to new presenters in the event we have too many potential speakers, and we also seek a balance of disciplines and topics.

Unless special arrangements are made, the live talk venue is at AU Edmonton. All talks will be presented through Adobe Connect as well. If there is interest, or a presenter from another AU centre, we can use video conferencing. As with previous years, the talks will begin at 3 pm, and run for about 45 minutes, followed by question and discussion time until 4:30.

When submitting talk proposals, please include your name, discipline, and centre affiliation, a tentative title, and a preferred talk date. If any dates are NOT possible for you, please let us know. We will request abstracts and short bios of presenters shortly before each talk date.

Please respond to Leslie Main Johnson ( with a cc to Bob Heller (

Updated November 24 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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