The University of Victoria, one of Canada's leading universities, is a rich and supportive learning community for students and faculty alike. Widely recognized for leadership in research, inspired teaching and community engagement, UVic provides innovative programs and real-life learning experiences in a diverse and welcoming West Coast environment. The University will celebrate its 50th anniversary in during 2012-13, five decades after receiving degree-granting status in 1963.
The University of Victoria is listed in the elite 200 in the Times Higher Education’s 2011 World University Rankings at number 177 in the world, as the top-ranked university in Canada without a medical school. There are only nine Canadian universities in the top 200. Student enrolment is approximately 20,000 (including 3000 graduate students). There are almost 5000 employees including about 900 faculty distributed among 10 faculties and 2 divisions.
The University of Victoria (UVic) has established a reputation across Canada and around the world as a centre of interdisciplinary research and innovation that is making major contributions to the advancement of knowledge and its application to societal issues. UVic researchers are at the forefront of national and international efforts to address such issues as climate change, the future of the oceans, the nature of social change, and the application of the latest discoveries to improve environmental and human health. Our researchers are highly successful in attracting external grants and contracts, over $100 million in 2011, and UVic makes a significant investment in research activities to support our primary research goals of advancing the state of knowledge and applying it to society’s aspirations and problems. UVic owns the world-leading Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) Observatory, comprising the VENUS coastal network and the NEPTUNE Canada ocean network. The observatory pioneers a new generation of ocean observation systems that use innovative engineering and the Internet to provide continuous, long-term monitoring of ocean processes and events, as they happen.
The Biology Department includes 29 regular faculty, 4 senior instructors, 30 adjunct faculty, and 55 graduate students. Research areas include biomedical research and genomics, cell, molecular and developmental biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, forest biology, marine science, neuroscience and physiology. Research facilities include, the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada cabled observatories, an advanced imaging lab, and electron microscopy lab, a greenhouse, an extensive Aquatics Facility and a new coastal research vessel. The University’s location provides superb access to many marine habitats for research and teaching, including proximity to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Much of the research in the Biology Department is directly related to EMBC activities. Faculty and students focus on both freshwater and marine organisms, conservation and biodiversity
The University of Victoria is located in western North America in the province of British Columbia, the richest area in terms of biodiversity in Canada, particularly in coastal and marine environments. Access to diverse coastal habitats as well as laboratory facilities (on campus and at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Center) provides a unique opportunity for student research projects. Faculty in the Biology Department will mentor interested graduate students who want to develop research projects in British Columbia.