Travel and Conferences

Travel and Conferences is a funding category that supports student participation in conferences and to help subsidize travel-related expenses for competitions, exhibitions, and meetings. Funding is allocated three times per academic year.

Travel and Conferences funding is allocated based on the region of travel:

  • $200/student for local events (e.g. Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley Region)
  • $400/student for non-local but western area (e.g. BC, AB, SASK, MAN, WA, OR)
  • $600/student for eastern and international events

Final Reports


2015 Grace Hopper Conference: The Quest for Diversity Solutions and Celebrating Women in Computing

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing brings together women and men from across the globe and every facet of the computing industry to gather and share their personal and professional experiences regarding gender diversity at one of the largest technical conferences in the world.

2016 SME Annual Conference & Expo

The SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration) Annual Conference is a four-day interdisciplinary educational experience including a three-day technical session program that attracts thousands of international mining professionals. The conference ran from February 21-24, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference recognizes that students are the future of the mining industry and offers several events to connect with other students and industry leaders from around the world.

2017 CSCE Annual Conference

The annual conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) occurred in Vancouver for the 2017 year. This gave the UBC Student Chapter the opportunity to send members to take part in the many technical seminars, workshops, and networking events over the three days of the conference.

2017 ETH Zurich Sustainability Summer School

The event is a seminar-style summer school stretched over 9 days in the Swiss Alps from 01 to 11 July, 2017. It is aimed to give an interdisciplinary understanding on mountain forests and risk management from the scientific, engineering and the social perspectives.

2017 ITE/CITE Annual Meeting and Traffic Bowl

The 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibit took place in Toronto from July 30th to August 2nd with a theme of “Transportation for All.” This included technical seminars throughout the daytime and social events in the evenings, as well as a the Traffic Bowl, a Jeopardy-like competition for student teams.

65th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Undergraduate Council sent a delegate this year to attend the 65th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Calgary, Alberta. The theme for the 2015 conference is:” Shaping Energy Technology for the Future” where over 1000 national and international chemical engineering researchers presented.

66th Annual Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference

The annual Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering Conference is an opportunity to meet and share ideas with industry professionals and other chemical engineering students. It is also a chance to learn about new research, new technologies and the industry in general and it allows to broaden professional network and represent UBC’s programs and research fields.

Alpha Omega Epsilon Convention 2017

This convention is the annual gathering of members of Alpha Omega Epsilon, a professional engineering and technical science sorority. The purposes of the convention are professional development, administration and networking with female STEM students and graduates from across North America.


The APEGBC Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting serves as a professional development and networking event for members, government representatives, industry professionals and students alike. The conference featured both business and technical sessions, which will include topics such as management, young professionalism, climate change and better business.

APEGBC Annual General Meeting

APEGBC regulates and governs the engineering profession in BC, and many UBC Engineering graduates will work closely with the organization or another provincial equivalent through their careers. Students attend the AGM in order to build their experience in the organization and develop the connection between education and industry.

ASCE Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders

The ASCE Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders is an annual professional development workshop to provide civil engineering students with opportunities to enhance leadership and team-building skills through seminars and networking sessions.

Canadian Engineering Competition

CEC provides an opportunity for UBC Engineers to showcase their skills in a high level national competition, and allows networking and community building among today’s engineering students. Students are challenged to apply their knowledge and build upon what they have learned in class.

Canadian Engineering Competition 2016

The Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) brings together the most innovative and creative engineering undergraduate students from universities across Canada each year. The competition was hosted by McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Ten UBC students earned their spot at this year’s competition by demonstrating their abilities at the Western Engineering Competition.

Canadian Federation of Engineering Students Spring and Summer Meetings 2017

This project is supporting Jakob Gattinger as the Board of Directors Chair for the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES). As chair, I run meetings of the Board and chair plenary sessions of the Federation.

Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference 2017

The 2017 Canadian Undergraduate Mathematics Conference was held in Montreal from July 19th to 23rd. This annual conference offers undergraduates the opportunity to present their research, get introduced to a wide range of topics and network with like minded students and professors. The program included student talks, keynote speakers and a women in mathematics talk and panel discussion.

CFES Conference on Diversity in Engineering 2015

The inaugural Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE), organized by the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) was hosted in Waterloo by the University of Waterloo from November 13th to 15th. This conference brings over 150 student leaders from across Canada together to discuss diversity, careers, and outreach in engineering.

CFES Congress 2016

Congress is the annual general meeting for the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) with representatives from approximately forty schools. The weeklong conference features workshops that aim to improve student societies and their impact. Congress acts as a forum to share best practices and vote in an official plenary session.

CFES Presidents’ Meeting 2015

The UBC Engineering Undergraduate Society had the pleasure of hosting the 2015 Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) Presidents' Meeting (PM). This conference brought representatives of the 41 member schools from across Canada together to share the best practices of their engineering student societies and to prepare for the CFES Congress.

Conference on Diversity in Engineering

As engineering becomes a more global profession, it is important to encourage and educate about the strengths of diversity. Sending a delegation of UBC Engineers to the Conference on Diversity in Engineering facilitates an understanding of diversity in their community and an appreciation of diversity in their future careers.

Engineers Without Borders National Conference

The 2016 Engineers Without Borders National Conference took place in Hamilton, Ontario from January 15-17, 2016. This event brought together students and professionals from across Canada for discussions on international development, systemic change, and EWB’s initiatives. During this three-day conference, EWB members will be able to share, learn, and work together with EWB’s overseas staff, in-Canada staff, the board of directors, and chapters as well as members of other development organizations and engineering industry professionals. The theme was xChange: Economy and Sustainable Development, Public Service and Active Citizenship, Engineering and Society, and Root Causes of Poverty. The conference focused on examining how leadership, entrepreneurship and partnership can be best leveraged in development contexts. The conference served as a collision space by bringing together individuals from a variety of organizations, industries and backgrounds and facilitating the formation of projects and partnerships.

Engineers Without Borders National Conference 2017

The Engineers Without Borders National Conference is the heartbeat of the organization. The conference brings together likeminded individuals to share knowledge, be inspired, and open their minds to new possibilities in order to strive for a world without poverty and inequality.

Polyglot Unconference

A conference with topics proposed and voted for by participants in which the goal is to learn from each other and discuss common software problems across languages.

Student Trip to the 2016 MINExpo in Las Vegas

The 2016 MINExpo is the world's largest mining conference hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada. This three day event includes a large trade show featuring mining companies from all over the world showcasing their latest technologies, many education seminars on a wide variety of topics, as well as the chance to network with industry professionals at events hosted all around Las Vegas.

Think Engineering

Think Engineering is an annual networking dinner that connects UBC engineering students with industry representatives. This event is dedicated to developing networking and communication skills of a significant segment of the student body in electrical and computer engineering. In addition it provides valuable insight from professional engineers and industry leaders.

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