The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens provide facilities for a wide variety of research, teaching, and community involvement activities, as well as a beautiful location for studying, meetings, or just relaxing. For a spectacular video introduction to the centre, click on the green Explore the K.C. Irving Centre icon located above, or click through the images below to get some quick insight into the research and other activities that occur in this remarkable facility. For a more detailed introduction to the research going on in the Centre, click here.  A twitter feed highlighting some of our recent research and learning activities can be found here.

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4th year Biology student and Arthur Irving Scholar discussing research with Minister McKenna

On Monday August 8 we were fortunate in having Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of the Environment, and Treasury Board President, Scott Brison, stop by for a whirlwind tour of the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre research labs and greenhouses. Minister McKenna took the time to chat with a number faculty and research students to learn about some of the environmentally-focussed research that is going on in the Centre.  

A few additional images from the visit can be accessed here.  

When undergraduate students profess an interest in conducting research, more senior students often take great delight in highlighting some of the difficulties of research; hard to satisfy supervisors, experiments that won’t work, unexpected setbacks, and endless revisions of reports and theses. But an undeniable reward for perseverance and hard work is the opportunity to see your name in print and communicating your hard won new knowledge to other like-minded students and scientists via publications and conferences. Specialized national and international conferences provide a collaborative environment where experts and students alike come together to share research findings, make new contacts, and possibly enjoy a brew (or wine in this case). 

Four students are this year’s recipients of the Arthur Irving Scholarships in Environmental Science for undergraduate students at Acadia University, academic awards that are among the most prestigious in Canada. The Arthur Irving Academy Scholarships are conferred on students who demonstrate a commitment to the environment and combine exceptional academic credentials with leadership, community volunteerism and other extracurricular activities.