Our research stations draw scholars from around the world to conduct disciplinary and interdisciplinary research of the highest caliber, and to educate students from all levels. For example, the Kluane Lake Research Station operated by our Arctic Institute of North America, is one of Canada’s most valued, celebrated, and well-used facilities that provides a major gateway for researchers from across the globe to access research sites. The BioGeoSciences Institute (Barrier Lake Station and R.B. Miller Station) provides unique access and support for research in the Front Ranges of the Rockies—each year ~1700 User Days are logged by researchers from within the university and ~2.3 times that from across Canada and beyond.
Such stations are also paragons for the integration of experiential learning for undergraduates, graduates, and K-12 students. Our own BioGeoSciences Institute at Barrier Lake, hosts K-12 students from across the Province to learn about environmental sciences and field research (>2156 User Days per year), and conducts more than 3200 user days in university courses. We also support the Bamfield Marine Station, through our institutional partnership with the University of Victoria, UBC, UAlberta and SFU.
By supporting international class research stations, we also obtain reciprocal arrangements at stations in Canada and beyond, which provide opportunities for our students and scholars to test their ideas in different settings and participate in courses across a wide range of disciplines.
The University of Calgary is also investing in novel research stations that are partnerships in industrial settings. ACWA (Advancing Canada’s Wastewater Assets) embeds unique full-scale experimental facilities in a fully-operational large municipal wastewater treatment facility that enables researchers to investigate new treatment technologies and approaches for assessing environmental impacts of emerging pollutants, such as personal care pharmaceuticals, biological active compounds and industrial wastewater. We will continue to explore ideas for novel research stations, and we encourage the engagement of all disciplines to explore new partnerships (e.g., Urban Planning, Humanities, Social Work, Cultural Research).
The University of Calgary Research Stations: