If you are registering for the full conference choose On The Edge 2018 Annual Conference to register.  

All of the special events listed on this page will be available to you as part of your registration process. 

If you are not registering for the conference you can still sign up for some special events for a fee.

 Thursday Night Reception Tickets

Beakerhead Mini-Course

Snorkel Safari

People from Victoria Island can register for just RBCM day if they like. 


Conference Registration

    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 15 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Vancouver

    On The Edge

    Register here for the full conference including all sessions with limited space and additional fees. 

    Everyone is welcome you do not have to be a SWCC member to register for the conference. 

    This year SWCC invites conference registrants to write in a question or ethical dilemma relating to best practices in the field as part of the registration form. From dealing with sources, to conflicts of interest and more, the questions will be taken up by panelists during a special session on ethics and science writing at the conference. (Authorship of questions will be considered anonymous unless otherwise specified.)

    Our STAN partner members automatically share April 12 at Science World and can also register for the rest of the SWCC conference at the SWCC member rate. 

    Additional fees will be charged for specific space limited events. They are available on a first come basis, you will be asked to pay for them as part of the regular registration process. 

    • 12 Apr 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Telus Science World

    If you are not registered for the conference you can still get single tickets to this event.

    $25 - limited number of tickets available

    SciComm Shenanigans: Power Point karaoke

    Ever felt like you were dying a slow painful death by Power Point? At Power Point karaoke we turn tragedy into comedy for some killer laughs. Volunteer members of the audience treat us to a presentation with irreproducible results. Hosts provide a short deck of randomly selected power point slides that the volunteer presenter has never seen before. Voila. It’s flying by the seat of the pants improvised wacky science [fiction]. Join us!

    Lesley Evans Ogden

    Jared Stang 

    Marcello Pavan

    • 13 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Vancouver

    If you are not registered for the full conference, you can register here for the Beakerhead mini course.

     $500 fee includes conference day rate and course fee. 

     space limited

    You’ve been curious about the Banff Science Communications program but have not had the time or money to attend — yet. Here’s your chance to taste the best of Banff in a one-day program tailored for this conference. Spend a day with the program’s founding faculty: leave the conference with a spring in your step and ideas for engaging mainstream audiences. Banff alum are welcome too for a booster shot! Brought to you by Beakerhead, the annual smash-up of art, science and engineering. Biology bit: Beakerhead was incubated in Banff and now offers the made-in-Banff science communications training across the country. Yep, the offspring ate its mother.  Learn more

    • 15 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    If you are not registered for the full conference you can register here for just the Victoria Royal BC Museum Sessions and Tour Day. $75, includes Lunch

    Delegates are invited to make their own way to Victoria for the sessions organized at the Royal BC Museum on Sunday, April 15. Detailed travel information from Vancouver is available hereIf plan to fly home from Victoria, the Victoria International Airport, YYJ, is 30km away (half hour by taxi) with direct and connecting flights all over Canada.

    Royal BC Museum, Victoria

    10:00 am - 2:00pm

    Science Communications at the Epicentre, Municipal & Provincial Policy in Victoria, with University of Victoria

    Building Relationships and Engaging Indigenous Communities

    The Science Behind the Scenes at RBCM

    The Royal BC Museum is known for immersive diorama’s that locate visitors within the landscape of BC and highlight the diverse views of its Natural History. But how do the exhibits come to be, and what is the science that happens behind the scenes? This tour will take a secret passage to the other side of the displays, and showcase the collection of specimens that make the museum so valuable. The tour will be led by museum educator Amina Chergui, with a visit and conversation with a Royal BC Museum Natural History Curator.

    Free time in museum or to explore Victoria

    • 15 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Horseshoe Bay

    If you are not registered for the full conference you can register for the snorkel tour here

    $120 snorkel & kayak

    $90 ride along

    space limited

    Don a wetsuit, mask, fins and snorkel, and plunge beneath the waves of Howe Sound. British Columbia’s nutrient rich waters are home to world-renowned marine biodiversity—kelp forests, colorful invertebrates, rock fish nurseries, and numerous species of whales and dolphins. 

    The snorkel safari provides an intimate, experiential learning opportunity: Participants will explore the Pacific Ocean’s intricate web of life and discuss how warming oceans are pushing some species to the edge. Lucky snorkelers may experience up-close-and-personal encounters with harbor seals at Pam Rocks (they like chewing on white-colored fins!). 

    SWCC member and polar snorkeler Susan R. Eaton will lead the snorkel safari. Jett Britnell, BC-based underwater, wildlife and expedition photographer, will document the snorkel safari for the SWCC. Water safety will be provided by certified snorkel guides with Sea Dragon Charters of Horseshoe Bay. All equipment, including sea kayaks, is included in the excursion. Participants must be able to swim confidently. A non-snorkeler ride-along discount is also available. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided on the boat. Space is limited and available on a first come basis. 

    For more details: https://www.seadragoncharters.com/snorkel-kayak

    $115 Snorkel and Kayak

    $85 Non-snorkeler ride-along option

    Note: Transportation not included in price: City Express Bus from downtown Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay is recommended

    Leader: Susan R. Eaton

    A geoscientist, journalist and conservationist, Susan R. Eaton explores the world’s oceans—from Antarctica to the Arctic—in the snorkel zone, a unique land-sea-ice-air interface where charismatic animals and snorkelers co-mingle. She studies the interplay of plate tectonics, oceans, glaciers, climate and life in polar regions. The founder and leader of the 2014-2018 Sedna Epic Expedition, Susan documents disappearing sea ice in the Arctic and delivers ocean education outreach to Inuit youth. Team Sedna is comprised of women ocean explorers, scientists, educators, artists and scuba divers from around the world.

    In 2015, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (the “RCGS”) named Susan one of Canada’s top 100 modern-day explorers and trailblazers. A year later, the RCGS named her one of Canada’s 25 greatest female explorers. A graduate of Carleton University’ School of Journalism, Susan began her media career in as an on-camera news reporter with CBC-TV. Today, as a freelance writer, she reports on science and technology, business, energy, the environment, space, geotourism and adventure travel. @SusanREaton_Geo