Beaty Biodiversity Museum Opens in Vancouver

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum opened on October 16 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

UBC’s rich biological collections are housed in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, a new public museum dedicated to enhancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of biodiversity, and making the research conducted by the scientists of UBC’s Biodiversity Research Centre more accessible to the public. The Museum and the Research Centre are housed side-by-side in the new Beaty Biodiversity Centre building.

Beaty Museum and Biodiversity Research Centre from Main Mall

The djavad mowafaghian foundation has made a contribution of $4 million toward biodiversity outreach and early childhood development research at the University of British Columbia. These gifts are the foundation’s inaugural contributions to the university.

The foundation is contributing $3 million to the new Djavad Mowafaghian Atrium, a two-storey glass gallery that will soon showcase the new Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s flagship exhibit, the skeleton of a blue whale — the largest known living animal. The exhibit and the Museum’s educational programming are expected to be a major draw for the region’s schoolchildren.

An additional $1 million foundation contribution will establish a new four-year program to hire young scholars for UBC’s innovative Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) to carry out research into children’s health and education across UBC faculties.

“I am very proud to support these two key UBC initiatives,” says Djavad Mowafaghian, whose foundation is dedicated to bettering children’s lives through health and education. “The museum’s atrium will become a focal point for outreach and educational activities that will help school children and the general public gain a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the interconnectedness of all living things on earth. The knowledge of where we come from and where we are going will entice us to be more active in helping to improve our environment for our children.”

“Our gifts will also provide young researchers with the tools to understand more clearly how children grow, develop and learn,” says Mowafaghian.

“As one of the world’s leading research universities UBC is very appreciative of these gifts from the djavad mowafaghian foundation,” says UBC President Prof. Stephen Toope. “As our understanding of the natural world becomes increasingly sophisticated, these gifts play a vital role in building capacity to improve the world for our children.”

Lower image: Djavad Mowafaghian, LLD (Hon), Founder and Honorary President of the djavad mowafaghian foundation.

The UBC campus is located on scenic Point Grey on the West side of Vancouver. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is housed in the Beaty Biodiversity Centre, prominently located along the Main Mall of campus.

The Museum may be contacted at:

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum
University of British Columbia
2212 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, CANADA V6T 1Z4
Fax: (604) 822-2416
Email: [email protected]

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