2018 Henry Marshall Tory Lecture – Fall edition

“Cannabis, the Plant Not the Politics”
…psst, this is not your typical horticultural lecture!

Just days into the legalization of cannabis, Jim Hole, Alberta’s most well-known, respected and articulate horticulturalist will speak about “Cannabis, the Plant Not the Politics” at the Telus Centre on October 25, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

We look forward to seeing you,

Friends of the University of Alberta

(Doors open at 6:30pm.)

Reserve your ticket here.

Raise the Bar

Artificial Intelligence. Is it Alexa and Siri? Or Hal-9000 and Robocop? On September 25th, join the Friends of the University of Alberta for a pint or glass of wine, and find out more about the Fantasy & Reality of Artificial Intelligence from one of North America’s leading researchers in the field.

On Tuesday September 25 at 5:30pm we present our inaugural event at Accent Lounge (8223 -104 St.) Professor Jonathan Schaeffer will speak about artificial intelligence followed by a free flowing and informal Q & A session about AI, its promise and implications.

Tickets are only $10 and include one free drink token. But space is limited so register now. Click here to get your EventBrite tickets.

‘Raise The Bar’ is a program designed by The Friends of the University of Alberta Society to bring fascinating and entertaining educational subject matter to informal gathering places to engage the broader community in post-secondary learning opportunities.

Friends of the University of Alberta Society

2018 Campus Water Features: Flora and Fauna Tour

Back by popular demand… Please join us on a tour through North Campus’ urban forest led by horticulturalist and landscape designer, Wayne McCutcheon. The tour will highlight some of campus’ unique plant and tree specimens, the various water features and its overall landscape. This tour has been re-named Campus Water Features: Flora and Fauna Tour to be more inclusive of the diverse elements of the tour.

Register for your free ticket via EventBrite on one of these links:

cancelled July 31, 2018

August 23, 2018 and

September 27, 2018

For everyone who has been associated with the University of Alberta, its campus has a place in our memories – and its trees through the changing seasons are very much a part of those memories. Much of the original native forest which provided the back drop to the University’s first sod turning ceremony has changed. Many new trees have found their way onto campus, including several specimens not native to the Edmonton area. The campus has inherited a truly lovely urban forest of 4,000 trees.

We will be meeting at 3:45 p.m. in front of the Administration Building, facing the bus loop, at the University of Alberta’s North Campus. The tour will begin at 4 p.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes!

(***The tour is limited to 20 people on a first come/first registered basis. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled – the event organizers will confirm by email.)

Sneak peek at new Student Innovation Centre

A few of the Friends were treated to tour of the new Student Innovation Centre. Dean of Science, Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer proudly showed us the new space that the Faculty of Science has built with planned opening in the Fall of 2018.

Further description can be read here.

Conversations will begin with the Faculty of Science to explore ways the Friends of the University of Alberta may contribute to the experience in this student space.