Waasamowin (formerly Science Complex Atrium)


The Summerlee Science Complex Atrium has been named Waasamowin, which means “to be bathed in light” in Anishinaabemowin, in support of efforts to Indigenize science at U of G and support and retain Indigenous students in STEM. Faculty, staff and students are asked to use Waasamowin to refer to the SSC atrium. Note that the Summerlee Science Complex retains its name; only the atrium is being renamed. 


The Summerlee Science Complex is a state-of-the-art classroom and research complex, built with the assistance of the Province of Ontario’s Super Build program, primarily for student learning and scientific research. Waasamowin, the Summerlee Science Complex atrium, is formed by the three wings of the building that house classrooms, teaching laboratories, research laboratories, meeting rooms, staff offices, and is a favorite gathering space for students, faculty and staff. It is equipped with wireless internet service and a custom designed sound system. The 12,000 sq.ft. atrium can accommodate a sit down dinner for 180 or 500 for a reception. It is an ideal space to feature guest lectures with seating for up to 280 people and is wheelchair accessible.

Booking & Availability

Please contact Hospitality Services by email to request booking Waasamowin. The booking request form is subject to the Rental Terms and Conditions. All internal and co-sponsored requests must have approval from the academic dean, vice-president, director or department chair. The University reserves the right to determine whether proposed events are appropriate for the space.

Hours of Operation

Waasamowin, the Summerlee Science Complex atrium, is normally open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends. Events which require the atrium to be closed to the public may only be held as follows:

Fall and Winter Semesters

  • after 7:00 P.M. (Monday to Thursday)
  • after 4:30pm. (Friday)
  • as arranged (Saturday and Sunday)

Summer Semester

  • as arranged
No events are allowed during final exams.