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BGS Institute: Mission

The primary mission of the Biogeoscience Institute (BGS) is to provide and support high quality science through independent research or research clusters and to promote professional practices in the Canadian Rockies and adjacent areas. Informed natural resource and environmental polices can then be used to maintain ecosystem processes and services. 

The overall vision is to put in place long-term ecological and environmental research that will leave a continuing legacy of: 1) training highly qualified personnel (HQP); 2) increasing knowledge on how complex, coupled environmental systems work; 3) creating research and partner infrastructure; 4) providing an interdisciplinary organization that nurtures innovation, creativity, and productivity; 5) promoting development and use of advanced instrumentation and systems that allow increased understanding and monitoring of environmental processes; 6) assisting the public (including K-12 schools), resource and environmental managers, and policy makers in understanding the results of the research; and 7) seeking out ways of helping managers and policy makers address questions of value to them.

The BGS is a professional science University Institute.  Its core values include scientific integrity, innovation, expertise, teamwork, performance excellence, and learning.  The BGS maintains high ethical and professional standards.  It promotes high standards of proficiency and knowledge and approaches ecological concerns of the Canadian Rockies in a proactive manner.  Common goals are achieved through teamwork between scientists, partners, stakeholders, and community.  The BGS practices professional growth by providing learning opportunities for all levels (public, government, and non-profit).


The BGS has four primary goals:

  1. Improve understanding of ecosystem processes in the Canadian Rockies through research studies that take into account spatial and temporal variations;
  2. Provide innovative, robust, and accessible information services and tools;
  3. Cultivate a diverse and creative workforce, and a scientifically literate and engaged community;
  4. Provide state-of-the-art facilities and services conducive to environmental research and education.