Science Literacy Week kicks off at SFU Library, September 20th

Illustrations of science and research, such as books, test tubes, satellites. Text: Science Literacy Week, Sept 20-26.

Science Literacy Week is a national celebration of science and runs from September 20-26, 2021. The SFU Library, along with campus partners and friends, joins other scientific, cultural, and community organizations across the country in marking this week with events and displays.

This year's theme is "C is for Climate."

Learn more about the climate crisis

Climate crisis: Get informed and take action
Explore SFU Library's research guide on the climate crisis.

Climate Justice and Inequality: A Below the Radar series
A podcast series from SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement which "features conversations that range from how systems of power consistently undermine climate action through policy, to how climate justice is intrinsically linked to issues of colonization and racial injustice."

Celebrating Science Literacy Week with the Media and Maker Commons

The SFU Library Media and Maker Commons is a collaborative, hands-on learning space located in the W.A.C. Bennett Library in Burnaby.

Whether you are working on your research, coursework, or a personal project, the SFU Media and Maker Commons will provide you with space, services, tools, and training to make, create, prototype, and play.

Check out this virtual tour to see some of the tools and technologies including 3D printing, virtual reality, machine embroidery and more.

All SFU students, faculty, and staff are welcome! Check out the Media and Maker Commons website to discover more.

Join us for in-person workshops

Spatial is Special: a Very Short Intro to GIS

What is GIS (Geographic Information System) and what does it mean by thinking spatially? This workshop will introduce you to a few basic GIS concepts by using a cloud-based GIS application (ArcGIS Online). The workshop is geared toward anyone curious about GIS or interested in making a quick digital map to visualize phenomena around us on earth.
The workshop will cover:
  • What is GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and why is GIS useful
  • Geospatial data basics
  • Hands-on:

* add a dataset from an open data portal
* make a map and do a basic spatial analysis
* understand the basic components of GIS and how to think spatially

ArcGIS Online. You do not need to install any software but need to send email to to request an ArcGIS online account at least one day ahead of the workshop if you wish to participate the hands-on part. Also, bring your own laptop if you want to participate.

This workshop is in-person.
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room 7050.2


Introduction to R (2-day workshop)

This two-day workshop introduces the programming language R.  R is an open-source, widely used, and increasingly popular tool for statistical and data analyses, text mining, geospatial analysis, modelling, and a growing number of other applications. No prior knowledge is required. Students will learn the skills needed to start analyzing their own data.

The topics covered include:

  • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
  • simple commands to get you started,
  • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
  • basic data analysis tools (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.)

 As time permits, an introduction to functions may also be covered.


  • Participants need to bring a laptop with the latest versions of R and RStudio installed.

This workshop is in-person.
Dates: Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 10:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 10:30am to 5:30pm
Location: Bennett Library, Burnaby, Rm 7200

Looking for more Science Literacy Week activities?

Explore the Science Literacy Week website, or follow them on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

September 20-26