Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada

Extreme Weather 2021: A Snapshop of B.C.'s Future?
20220302_EventProfile_Wagstaffe.jpgIt started with a deadly heat dome that settled over the Pacific Northwest back in June 2021. That was followed by a devastating wildfire season, and that was followed by one of the worst flood disasters this province has ever seen. I'll take you through the series of unique conditions that came together for these unprecedented events to occur -- and why we need to prepare now for the next one.

Johanna Wagstaffe is the meteorologist and scientist for CBC Vancouver and CBC News Network. Wagstaffe's academic background in seismology and earth science has led her to cover major earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, floods and the Copenhagen, Paris and Glasgow Climate Change conference. She has hosted three award-winning CBC podcasts including: Fault Lines, 2050: Degrees of Change, and is the author of several children's science books.

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March 02, 2022 at 7:00PM

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ARPICO was honoured to host Ms. Johanna Wagstaffe for her talk on “Extreme Weather”. Ms Wagstaffe received her undergraduate degree in Geophysics at the University of Western Ontario with honours. She then studied meteorology at New York University. She is an award winning broadcaster at CBC for her program “50 degree of change”.

She has covered many events as a broadcaster, such as the recent Copenhagen climate change conference.

The talk covered three major weather events in British Columbia for 2021:
•    The heat wave, which resulted in 995 deaths;
•    The wild fire season, which destroyed the town of Lytton and caused wide-spread damage in the province;
•    The flooding of the Fraser Valley in November.

These were unprecedented events. The scale of insurance claims is now officially given as 50 million but estimates may reach $7.5 billion.

The Heat Wave

The heat wave had been forecasted by meteorologists, thanks to the cooperation between Canadian and US scientists. The meteorological model showed a potential for heat up to 50 degrees. The model described a high pressure wave resulting in a heat wave, with a sinking air mass compressing the heat already in place, resulting in a heat dome.

As it turned out, Lytton broke temperature record in Canada and Northern Hemisphere, reaching 49.6 degrees. The jet stream which carries weather systems from West to East over the region became stalled. This happened in combination with the sun solstice when the sun was sending rays at the highest angle, thus aggravating the overall effect . The temperature in Metro Vancouver inside houses reached over 30 Degrees (without air conditioning).

This event escalated  talks addressing the continuing reality of climate change. Scientist ran models with and without climate change as a contributing factor indicating that an event like the heat wave was 150 time more likely to happen as a result of climate change. Some immediate practical mitigating steps were suggested;  for instance, ensuring that the elderly are escorted out of unsafe houses and use of heat pumps to cool buildings.

The Wildfires

The wildfires came the day after the heat wave.

The previous heat had dried out a lot of potential fire fuel. Ms. Wagstaffe’s showed a fire risk map for the whole of British Columbia reported on the day before the fires broke out. To the best of her knowledge, such a map had never indicated such extent of red, indicative of areas of high risk.

A proposal to address the danger of wild fires was to change land use and invite indigenous involvement is being considered. For instance, the western practice of aggressively extinguishing wild fires, leads to accumulation of fire fuel. In contrast, indigenous manage land by controlled fires, which creates natural barriers for wild fires by burning dry brush. BC planned to have 150 controlled fires, but only half of them happened. Even-though the Indigenous approach would lead to more smoke year round, people can plan around that.

The Flood

The flood was brought by the pineapple express. This was the name given to the phenomenon of atmospheric rivers which carry huge amount of water from Hawaii.

There were five to ten atmospheric rivers events, resulting in over 300 mm in Fraser Valley, flooding the locations where there was infrastructure and agriculture.

The areas around Sumas is a bowl. It used to be a lake, and after it was dried out it became fertile agricultural land. Now, after the flood, it may be considered accessible only in summer, and in other seasons its highways are accessible only to critical vehicles.

A scientific report determined that atmospheric rivers giving rise to the flood was 60% more likely to happen because of climate change. The speaker noticed one positive result  arising from the flood: it brought out  kindness and cooperation in people– she saw lending hands and resources like never before.

These events had been forecasted as a result of climate change, but were not expected to occur in  this decade and were not expected to happen back to back, in rapid sequence.


The world is now paying attention to climate change. The demand for impactful, long term mitigating measures is coming from ground up. At the Glasgow conference the speaker met with activists and people operating behind the scenes, creating solutions on their own.
•    The speaker noted that while the overall picture may seem depressing, and window of opportunity is narrowing, there is still hope for a change of course. This will be addressed in the upcoming climate change conference in Egypt in November 2022.
•    With regard to quantifying extreme weather events, a lot of research is being done and the climate models are getting better at predicting extreme events.
•    As for arctic and methane melt, there is now an active warning because it is happening 2 to 3 degree faster than predicted. This phenomenon tends to create a blocking patten in the jet stream, as it decreases the temperature difference needed to keep the jet stream flowing.
•    Covid restrictions had a noticeable positive effect on the environment. Pollution levels improved dramatically and there was a brief pause in the rise of CO2. Of interest was the temperature drop in urban zones during smart working, where big office buildings were not being heated any more. Asking people to work from home might be a way to reduce the impact of a heat wave.
•    Global warming means that in general earth will get warmer up but not uniformly so. In the interior of BC for instance some areas are showing signs of aridification.
•    The need to curb wildfire was emphasized. Forests are carbon sinks and when they burn down carbon gets released. The speaker noted that this does not happen with controlled burns, which will not burn oldest and tallest trees, but only brush and fuel. The speaker endorsed the practice of planting new trees after logging.
•    The prospect of capturing carbon from atmosphere remains controversial. What needs to happen is to make sure that the energy capture stays higher than the energy emitted to build and maintain the process.
•    Food security and crop failures are expected to be significantly affected by  climate change. At the Glasgow conference it was a head-line topic. However, the impact is not as straightforward to measure as sea level change. One curious aspect of this problem is the change in salinity in the Fraser River, due to sea levels rising at the mouth of the river and the decrease in water volume flowing downstream, due to reduction in the snowpack over the years.
•    The rise of world population compounds the problem.  At the moment 70% of the world’s population live in cities.
•    Solar and wind power present similar issues as capturing carbon. Mined metal is needed to build the equipment. More mining means more  methane. Mining companies will be encouraged to take new initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint.
•    Amongst these alternatives and solutions, nuclear energy has made a comeback. Though it scares people, countries do rely on it, because it reduces the carbon footprint. And of course there is the promise of nuclear fusion, always just 10  years away.
•    Nations leading the way in addressing climate change include British Columbia, a leader in promoting integrated solutions at all levels. California ranks first in implementing laws to curb climate change. Denmark gets an honourable mention as well. The rest of the world for the moment largely is simply to see how these climate change measures will work.

In conclusion, the speaker noted that the world is like the Titanic, and we all see the iceberg approaching. We all know that catastrophic climate change will happen under the present course. Whether we can turn the ship around remains the big question. The speaker encouraged the audience to add individual skill and interest and to be part of the overall effort.
Join us as a member of ARPICO to support our endeavour to disseminate knowledge and research work, provide accesible and informal forums for discussions and debate, and exchange ideas realted to topics and issues relevant to modern society.
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A Tale of Two Oceans: Climate Change and the Future of the Arctic and Antarctic Marine Ecosystems
a talk by Prof. Philippe Tortell

The polar waters of the Arctic Ocean are experiencing significant impacts of global climate change, including warming, sea ice loss, and altered circulation patterns and biological productivity. At the other end of Earth, Southern Ocean waters surrounding Antarctica, are responding quite differently to on-going climate change. Understanding the similarities and differences between these two polar regions is critical to better understanding the future trajectory of the world’s oceans, and their…

June 19, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Museum of Vancouver - History Room - 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9

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A Gut Feeling: The Impact of Industrialization on our Inner Ecosystem
This event is a collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver in celebration of Italian Research Day in the World instituted in 2018 to value the quality and competencies of Italian researchers abroad and promote concrete actions and investments to allow Italian researchers to continue pursuing their careers in their homeland as well as make Italy an attractive environment for foreign researchers.

A Gut Feeling: The Impact of Industrialization on our Inner…

April 10, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Museum of Vancouver - History Room - 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9

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The Broadway Subway Project: Building a better future while respecting an affordable present
Italian engineer Andrea Calì, Deputy Project Director for the Broadway Subway Project in Vancouver, will share with us his experience on this and other international tunnelling projects as representative of Ghella, an Italian company and international leader in the field of underground boring.

After an introduction on the exciting and challenging project currently underway along the Broadway corridor in Vancouver, the event will focus on the relationship between the Project Team and the Local Community, and the policies and strategies…

October 26, 2023 at 7:00 PM

Museum of Vancouver - History Room - 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9

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The Age of Immunotherapy
This event is a collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver in celebration of Italian Research Day in the World instituted in 2018 to value the quality and competencies of Italian researchers abroad and promote concrete actions and investments to allow Italian researchers to continue pursuing their careers in their homeland as well as make Italy an attractive environment for foreign researchers.

The Age of Immunotherapy
a talk by Dr. Gregorio Aversa
The Immune system has evolved primarily to…

April 12, 2023 at 7:00 PM

Museum of Vancouver - History Room - 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9

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"Beauty in an Act" Project
This event is a collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver to support the "La Bellezza in un Gesto" ("Beauty in an Act") project within the broader context of promoting the image of Italy abroad through the sport of fencing. The Italian national female and male épée fencing team will be in attendance.


Fuelling For Optimal Health and Performance
a talk by Emma McCrudden
Our knowledge about food and nutritional sciences has increased dramatically over recent decades and…

December 07, 2022 at 7:00PM

Museum of Vancouver - Joyce Walley Room - 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9

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October 13, 2022 at 7:00PM

Italian Cultural Centre – Museum & Art Gallery – Room 5 – 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC, V5M 3E4

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The inner lining of all blood vessels is composed of so-called endothelial cells, a single-layered cobblestone-like sheet of cells that play an important function as precise sensors of molecules and shear stress in blood. In response they regulate vessel tone,…

April 13, 2022 at 7:00PM

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Art historians have long debated the question why sources about the origin of the Mona Lisa portrait provide conflicting information. This monograph presents a solution for this quandary: those 16th-century sources don't agree because they are not talking about the same painting.
Jason Halter is one of a team of leading scholars and experts who have contributed to the veracity…

November 18, 2021 at 7:00PM

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Livestock depredation by wolves is a cost of wolf conservation borne by livestock producers, which creates conflict between producers, wolves and organizations…

April 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM

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January 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM

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March 04, 2020 at 5:45pm

Italian Cultural Centre – Museum & Art Gallery – Room 5 – 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC, V5M 3E4

20191120_EventProfile_Bombardini.jpgWhether we pick up an old-fashioned newspaper, listen to the news on the radio, or get our local or international affairs update through social media, we realize that the state of the economy at pretty much all scales is lurking behind many aspects of our lives and may be responsible for their ups and downs. The intricacies linking trade and economics with politics especially at the international level can be tricky to unravel. We are therefore fortunate to have professor Matilde Bombardini from UBC come and enlighten us on these very timely topics.

After going through…

November 20, 2019 at 7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - Room 5 - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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September 30, 2019 at 7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

Silvia ScorzaARPICO is proud to host Dr. Silvia Scorza, who will be presenting on the topic of underground science at SNOLAB, where research is conducted in fields of fundamental science that require shielding from external radiation such as cosmic rays. This presentation will give a unique and interesting perspective into the research that is conducted mostly out of the public view and discussion, but contributes critically to our scientific advances. Applications found in medicine, national security, industry, computing, science, and workforce development, illustrate a long and growing list of beneficial practical applications with contributions…

June 12, 2019 at 6:45pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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April 16, 2019 at 7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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For communities around the world, local languages function as vehicles for the transmission of unique traditional knowledge and cultural heritage that become threatened when elders die and livelihoods are disrupted. As globalisation and rapid socio-economic change exert complex pressures on smaller communities, cultural and linguistic diversity is being transformed through assimilation…

March 06, 2019 at 7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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November 13, 2018 at 7:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

In association with the Dante Alighieri Society, ARPICO presents the screening of the documentary "The Sense of Beauty" by Italian director Valerio Jalongo, who will also be in attendance during the screening. Director Jalongo has worked alongside scientists in the world's largest physics laboratory, CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, to explore, narrate and document the fascination behind the most fundamental physics questions, which manages to intrigue artists, philosophers and poets as much as it does scientists.

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What is hidden behind the visible reality, made of…

September 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

The Cinematheque - 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC

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June 04, 2018 at 6:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

ARPICO presents: The 2018 AGM of ARPICO will take place on June 4th, 2016 at 6:00PM at the Italian Cultural Center in the Museum & Art Gallery.

June 04, 2018 at 6:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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April 11, 2018 at 7:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

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February 26, 2018 at 7:00pm

Hillcrest Community Centre - Room 328 - (4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, BC)

ARPICO presents:

It is our pleasure to invite you and your significant other to ARPICO's year-end dinner.

The event will take place on Saturday December 2, 2017 starting at 7 pm at the Italian fine-dining 'Bay Moorings Restaurant' in West Vancouver, which we have reserved for the occasion.

The approximate program for the evening is as follows:
  • 7-7:45 - arrival and while-u-mingle-style appetizers with cold cuts, cheeses, focaccia and prosecco
  • 7:45-8:00 - short address by ARPICO's president on behalf of the board
  • 8:00 onward - sit-down 3-course dinner including salumi and cheese platter appetizers, wild mushroom gnocchi, chicken stuffed with…

December 02, 2017 at 7:00pm

Bay Moorings Restaurant - 6330 Bay Street West Vancouver, BC

20171107_EventProfile_Rennie.jpgCancer has now become the most common cause of death. While not the biggest killer of men, the most common potentially lethal cancer to afflict males is cancer of the prostate, accounting for over 20% of all cancers in this group. In fact, 1 in 7 men will develop prostate cancer some time in their lifetime. The presentation will deal with prevalence of prostate cancer, possible genetic and other links as causes of this cancer, what you can do to protect yourself from this disease, how it is diagnosed (PSA and other diagnostic measures), how…

November 07, 2017 at 7:00pm

Hillcrest Community Centre - Room 328 - (4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, BC)

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June 06, 2017 at 6:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

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In 2017, where are we with the…

April 12, 2017 at 7:00pm

Kitsilano Community Centre - Snowey's Lounge - (2690 Larch St, Vancouver, BC)

ARPICO presents:

It is our pleasure to invite you and your significant other to ARPICO's year-end dinner.

The event will take place on Saturday December 3, 2016 starting at 7 pm at recently renovated Italian fine-dining 'Bay Moorings Restaurant' in West Vancouver, which we have reserved for the occasion. (Yes, it is a little out of the way, but the word is on the street that is serves excellent food at reasonable prices---some of our board members have recently tried it with great satisfaction; check it out here

The approximate program for the evening is as follows:
  • 7-7:30 -…

December 03, 2016 at 7:00pm

Bay Moorings Restaurant - 6330 Bay Street West Vancouver, BC

ARPICO presents:

The 2016 AGM of ARPICO will take place on May 31st, 2016 at 5:30PM at the Roundhouse Community Centre, Room B.

May 31, 2016 at 5:30pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC, V6Z2W3)

Patrick Walden graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics from UBC and a Ph.D in Particle Physics from Caltech. His Post Doctoral research was done at the Stanford University Linear Accelerator (SLAC), and since 1974 he has been at TRIUMF here in Vancouver. Patrick has been active in the fields of pion photo-production, meson spectroscopy, the dynamics of pion production from nuclei, and nuclear astrophysics. Nuclear power is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions-free energy in the world. It supplies approximately 5% of the world's total energy demand. Presently, human activity is on the brink of initiating…

May 31, 2016 at 7:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver BC V6Z2W3)

Christopher McPherson, senior prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice, Province of British Columbia, is responsible for challenging high-profile homicide cases. He has prosecuted over 30 homicide cases. Elected a Bencher for 2016, Christopher is a member of the Discipline Committee and Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. Christopher has served as a director of the BC Crown Counsel Association, and is a member of the International Association of Prosecutors and International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. His teaching and lecturing experience includes coach of the Western Canadian Criminal Moot Competition and UBC Burns Moot Competition, instructor…

February 24, 2016 at 7:00pm

Vancouver Public Library - Alma VanDusen Room - (350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C.)

Dr. Arianna Dagnino is a researcher, writer, and socio-cultural analyst. She holds a M.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from l'Università degli Studi di Genova and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Comparative Literature from the University of South Australia. She currently teaches at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Global cities such as Vancouver, London, Berlin or Sydney currently face two major problems: house affordability and the risk of highly fragmented societies across cultural lines.

In her talk, Dr. Dagnino argues that one of the possible solutions to address the negative aspects of economic globalization…

January 27, 2016 at 7:00pm

Vancouver Public Library - Alma VanDusen Room - (350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C.)

ARPICO presents:

Please join us in celebrating the holidays and another wonderful year at our annual Christmas Dinner at Marcello's Pizzeria.

December 07, 2015 at 6:30pm

Marcello Pizzeria & Ristorante (1404 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC)

Prof. Douw Steyn, PhD, ACM, FCMOS, is Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Science at The University of British Columbia, in the Department of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. He is a member of the Institute for Applied Mathematics, the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. He has served as Associate Dean (Research and Faculty Development) in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Principal of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Prof. Steyn's professional, teaching and research activities are in the field of air pollution meteorology, boundary layer meteorology, mesoscale meteorology, environmental science…

December 01, 2015 at 7:30pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

ARPICO is pleased to invite you to the informal dinner on August 22 in honor of Anadi Canepa, our president of four years, who will be leaving Vancouver the end of August to accept a position as a research scientist with a most prestigious research facility, Fermi Lab-Chicago, USA.

We will try to give her a farewell befitting her role as a founder of ARPICO and her tenure as president. We can assure you it will be an evening of great refreshments, conversation and other activities! Please join us for Anadi's send off, noting spouses/partners are most welcome.…

August 22, 2015 at 6:00pm

Ravenwoods Clubhouse, 3608 Deercrest Dr., North Vancouver

Prof. Samoil Bilenky will introduce a movie on the life of Bruno Pontecorvo

The movie will trace the main points of Bruno Pontecorvo's life, a nuclear physicist, who was born in 1913 in Pisa, Italy, and died in 1993 in Dubna, Russia.
Samoil Bilenky worked with Pontecorvo from 1975 until 1989 in Dubna where they developed the theory of neutrino masses and oscillations, and proposed experiments on the search for neutrino oscillations.
The impact of Bruno Pontecorvo on neutrino physics is well recognized in the Scientific World.

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May 27, 2015 at 7:00pm

Rented Community Facility - Activity Room, Main Level - 480 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC

Dr. John J. Spinelli is a Distinguished Scientist and Head of Cancer Control Research at the BC Cancer Agency, Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University. He is the principal investigator for the BC Generations Project, part of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, the largest health study ever undertaken in Canada.

Dr. Spinelli's primary research focus is on the identification of environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer and in the interaction between…

February 06, 2015 at 7:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

Dr. Francesco Berna is Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University's Department of Archaeology, where he teaches introductory and advanced courses in archaeology. Born in Rome, he graduated from the University of Florence, where he also obtained his PhD. The main focus of his research is on the origin of modern behaviour and the onset of the controlled use of fire during the Lower and Middle Paleolithic in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

The biology, diet, habitat, and behavior of our species are deeply entangled with the use of fire to the point that our survival is,…

September 12, 2014 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

ARPICO presents:

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Annual General Meeting of ARPICO will be held on May 28th at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (500 - 510 West Hastings St Vancouver BC V6B 1L8). Doors will open at 6:15PM. The meeting will start at 6:30PM and end at 7:15PM.

A dinner with the board of directors will follow.

RSVP to by May 24th if you wish to attend and if you would like to join the board of directors for dinner.

May 28, 2014 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Arianna Dagnino holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of South Australia and a Masters Degree in foreign languages from the University of Genoa. In the last 25 years she has lived across four continents, writing more than 700 articles for the italian press. She has published a transcultural novel, Fossili (Rome: Fazi, 2010), inspired by her four years in South Africa, and several books on the impact of socio-techno globalization. Dagnino is also an ethnographic researcher working with the international research centre Future Concept Lab (

Dagnino's analysis and presentation of the…

April 23, 2014 at 6:15pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Federico Rosei has held the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials since 2003. He is Professor and Director of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec, Varennes (QC) Canada. Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage. He received MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1996 and 2001, respectively.

Dr. Rosei's research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when…

March 25, 2014 at 6:30pm

Roundhouse Community Centre Room C

Steno Ferluga, who will give a talk about Hack's career and life, was a pupil of Margherita Hack and then became a coworker of hers as well as a personal friend. He now teaches Environmental Physics at the University of Udine.

On June 29, 2013, Margherita Hack passed away at the age of 91. Hack was an eminent astrophysicist, as well as a popular science writer, very well known in Italy and abroad for her professional achievements but also for her personal choices and opinions. A staunch vegetarian and a convinced atheist, Hack directed the Trieste Astronomical…

December 05, 2013 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Dr Schaffer is responsible for maintaining the medical isotope and radiotracer production programs at TRIUMF, in support of neurology and oncology research. For his leadership in the field, Dr Schaffer was recently recognized as one of BC's Top Forty under 40 by Business in Vancouver magazine. He continues to re-define the TRIUMF nuclear medicine program as a leader, an entrepreneur and one of British Columbia's most promising scientific talents. A modest man with a sense of humour and a strong commitment to his family and playing hard outdoors, Paul came to TRIUMF in 2009 from the private…

November 27, 2013 at 6:30pm

Telus World of Science, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, B.C.

Dr. Matthews is Mission Scientist leading the Canadian Space Agency's MOST project, and a Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. Prof. Matthews is a world-leading expert in the fields of stellar seismology, exoplanetary science, and astronomical instrumentation and time series analysis. Prof. Matthews' media adventures include frequent appearances on CBC TV and Radio, CTV, Global, CNN, CityTV, The Knowledge Network, Shaw TV, and Space: The Imagination Station, as well as playing himself ("Jaymie" Rocket Scientist) in a national Fountain Tire television ad campaign. Dr. Matthews posed in…

May 21, 2013 at 6:30pm

Round House Community Center - 181 Roundhouse Mews

Marco Ciufolini (b. Rome; B.S., Spring Hill College; Ph.D., Michigan; Postdoc 1982-84, Yale) has held academic positions at Rice University (1984-98), the University of Lyon (1998-2004), and UBC (2004-present), where he is the Canada Research Chair in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.
The Istituto teams up once again with ARPICO, the Society on of Italian Researchers and Professionals of Western Canada, to present a fascinating talk celebrating the 50th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Italian scientist Giulio Natta. Organic chemistry, the branch of chemical science that focuses on carbon-based materials, permits the conversion of basic…

March 27, 2013 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

ARPICO presents:

The 2013 AGM of ARPICO will take place on March 13th 6:00PM at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (500 - 510 West Hastings St., Vancouver BC).  We invite all members to join us for a no-host dinner afterwards.

March 13, 2013 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Prof. Fabio Rossi & Video Interview with Rita Levi-Montalcini

On December 30, 2012, Italy lost one of its most prestigious minds in the scientific domain: neuro-biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who passed away at the age of 103. Together with colleague Stanley Cohen, Levi-Montalcini was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of nerve growth factor. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in collaboration with ARPICO - the Association of Italian Researchers and Professionals of Western Canada -, presents an evening commemorating the life and achievements of this outstanding scientist, who famously had to conduct…

February 26, 2013 at 7:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Particle Physicist "Nephew of Emilio Segre, winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the antiproton". Born in Florence, Italy in 1938, Gino Segre grew up in New York and Italy. He graduated from Harvard University (A.B., 1959) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1963). He is now a professor emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting professor at M.I.T and at Oxford University as well as a visiting Fellow at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and the University of California,…

November 20, 2012 at 6:30pm

Science World Museum

Alberto Angela is a paleontologist, science writer, author, and italian journalist.

This fascinating documentary illustrates Italy's major recent achievements in the field of science and technology, achievements that will have significant consequences at a global level in the years to come - like the iCub robot, who is capable of learning from experience. Filmed in the beautiful setting of Rome's Centrale Montemartini - the new exhibition space for the Musei Capitolini, in the former "Giovanni Montemartini Thermoelectric Centre", an extraordinary example of industrial archaeology converted into a museum -, the documentary is presented by Alberto Angela and…

October 24, 2012 at 6:15pm

Italian Cultural Institute

Prof. Luciana Duranti, Chair and Professor School of Library, Archivial and Information Studies, University of British Columbia Trust has been defined in many ways, but, at its core, it involves acting without the knowledge needed to act. It consists of substituting the information that one does not have with other information. For example, a person who does not have the knowledge necessary to assess the authenticity of a record relies on the credentials of the expert who authenticates it. Individuals and organizations are increasingly saving and accessing records in the highly networked, easily hacked environment of the Internet.…

May 17, 2012 at 6:15pm

Italian Cultural Institute

A former Pisa scholar, Sergio Bertolucci has worked at DESY, Fermilab and Frascati. He was appointed head of the Frascati National Laboratories accelerator division becoming Director in 2002. Before taking over the Directorate for Research at CERN, Bertolucci was already chairing the LHC committee and was a member of DESY's physics research committee. He was also vice-president and a member of the Board of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics.

Bertolucci will talk about the investigation of the deepest-held mysteries of our universe at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN. "The LHC is probably the…

February 15, 2012 at 8:30pm

Italian Cultural Institute

Dr. John Robinson, executive Director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, and the Department of Geography, at the University of British Columbia.

The Greenest City Conservations (GCC) project is aimed at testing multiple channels for public engagement on sustainability policies. Its two main goals are (1) to facilitate discussion, solicit and analyze public attitudes and opinions on, and support for, a variety of sustainability policies; and (2) to provide a comprehensive understanding of the content and impacts (both qualitative and quantitative) of six different modes of public engagement ("channels"):…

October 27, 2011 at 8:30pm

Roundhouse Community Centre

Dr. Fabio Rossi, tenured associate professor in Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia, member of the board of directors of the National Centres of Excellency - Stem Cell Network, and scientific advisor of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. More information about Dr. Rossi are available here:

Stem cells hold tremendous promise for both therapeutic and commercial applications. However, theoretical, practical, ethical and regulatory obstacles hinder the path to these achievements. How long before we see these promises realized? Which applications will come first? Dr Rossi will review recent advances in this fast moving field,…

June 23, 2011 at 7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver