The conference venue is the Forest Sciences Centre at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam people.The Indigenous names for some of the places in which our conference will be held, and audio recordings of their pronunciation in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, view this interactive map.


Ponderosa Commons

We have reserved a number of single and shared occupancy studios and apartments for our delegates on campus with varied pricing and with Conference discounted rates. Please check this page for more details and photos of the rooms; the online reservation link will become available in January 2021, when we open registration.

Other accommodation in downtown Vancouver:

Other hotels near UBC Campus, in Richmond:

How to get here

Public transit from YVR airport (by skytrain)

  • Take skytrain from YVR airport to 41 Ave
  • Take bus 480, 41 or 43 to campus
  • Get off at the last stop, Bus Exchange.
  • Walk along University Boulevard to Ponderosa Commons (~900 meters)


Yellow cab: +1 (604) 681-1111

MacLure’s Cab: +1 (604) 831-1111

About Vancouver and the British Columbia Effect

Science has proven that time in nature can make us happier, more creative, and less stressed. We call that the British Columbia Effect. Our cities, set on the doorstep of the wild, make it easy to step further into nature and explore the endless possibilities of the outdoors.

In 2021 Vancouver will celebrate its 135th anniversary. A young city, for some, yet old and rich of histories for others. An Indigenous settlement called Xwméthkwyiem, (“Musqueam,” from masqui, “an edible grass that grows in the sea”), near the mouth of the Fraser River, was present here at least 3,000 years ago. At the time of first European contact in the late 18th century, the Musqueam and Squamish peoples had villages around present-day Vancouver, along with the Tsleil-Waututh, ancestors of today’s Burrard Band in North Vancouver. They were all Coast Salish First Nations, sharing cultural and language traits with people in the Fraser Valley and Northern Washington.

With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is now known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live. Vancouver is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 52 percent of the population speaking a first language other than English.

Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics.

Vancouver Highlights

  • Stanley Park– Third largest urban core park in North America, 400 ha of natural West Coast rainforest
  • Queen Elizabeth Park – take that spectacular view of the city and North Shore mountains
  • University grounds:
  • Granville Island– unique, and arts-focused island, featuring farmers’ market, artist studios, and international cuisine.
  • The seawall– a 10 km paved walkway along the length of Stanley Park and English Bay
  • Vancouver Aquarium– iconic marine wildlife of the Pacific Coast
  • Historic Gastown– Modern Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood
  • Grouse Mountain – the Peak of Vancouver
  • Spanish banks – One of Vancouver’s most popular beaches

Visit City of Vancouver Guide, and Tourism Vancouver to find out more about what the city has to offer!

Or venture deeper into Super, Natural British Columbia >>