About the Coast to Coast Seminar Series

C2C Seminar The Coast to Coast Seminar is an hour-long presentation given on a scientific topic and made accessible to audiences at a number of remote sites through collaboration technology.

C2C seminars are held every two weeks throughout the academic year alternating between the West Coast and the East Coast of Canada.

The actual presentation is expected to be of high quality scientifically, yet accessible to a fairly general scientific audience. Accordingly, the seminars are widely advertised and attract audiences from various scientific fields, depending on the presenter’s topic.


Since 2008, all C2C seminars given during one semester are connected by a common theme.

  • Fall 2008: Computer Visualization and Image Processing
  • Spring 2009: Differential Equations and Mathematical Modelling
  • Fall 2009: Artificial Intelligence
  • Spring 2010: High Energy Physics
  • Fall 2010: Oceanography
  • Spring 2011: Economics & Finance: The Global Financial Crisis - The One Constant is Change
  • Fall 2011: Modelling of Complex Systems
  • Spring 2012: Complex Systems and Networks
  • Fall 2012: Open Communication of Science
  • Spring 2013: From Data to Knowledge to Action


The Coast to Coast Seminar is organized and distributed by the following institutions: AARMS, ACEnet, HPCVL, the IRMACS Centre, SciNet, SHARCNET, and WestGrid.

The C2C seminar series is run jointly at universities throughout Canada, from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, to the University of Calgary and the University of Saskatchewan in the West, to McMaster University and the University of Toronto in the East, to Dalhousie, Memorial and other universities in the Atlantic provinces. Audiences for a presentation are located at universities across Canada.

Collaborative Technologies

The Coast to Coast Seminar is simulcast to all sites via video-conferencing software, and each seminar provides opportunities for questions and comments from all of the remote locations. The collaboration technology enables two-way audio and video communication as well as a shared desktop. Thus a presenter is not only audible and visible to the audience, but can also respond to a raised hand, answer a question, or interact with an individual at a remote site through a shared application.

© Simon Fraser University. Coast to Coast. All Rights Reserved.   T 1.778.782.7064  E c2c@irmacs.sfu.ca