Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Research Centre utilizes new Main Street Studio to connect with young researchers


May 28, 2015

On Tuesday May 26th, the Bulkley Valley Research Centre (BVRC), in collaboration with Coates & Company, hosted an open forum and networking evening at the Main Street Studio in downtown Smithers. The topic of discussion for the evening: Connecting our natural and cultural resource research community.

Over 30 young researchers and interested folks came together at the new multi-purpose studio space for a lively discussion about cultural and natural resources, research in the region, and ways to increase participation by individuals at all stages of their careers in the BVRC and its programs.

The idea for the event arose from the BVRC’s goal to increase its role as a community nexus for researchers, and in particular, the desire to connect with recent graduates and young people in the field of natural and cultural resources. 

The collaboration with the summer pop-up studio was perfect for the event said Rick Budhwa, BVRC Executive Director. “We wanted to find a venue to encourage organic conversation and keep it informal. The space couldn’t have been more suitable.”

The evening was the first instalment of the Main Street Studio’s weekly Tuesday Talks. Sonja Coates, of Coates & Company said: “The success of the evening showed us that we have the format right for these Tuesday Talks. Our goal is to create an inspiring and comfortable space, ask an audience how they feel about a certain topic and then allow them to bring their ideas forward.”