IRES News: April 16th, 2019

IRES Moments

A Sneak Peak at Last Week's IRES Student Symposium

Congratulations to all of the students who presented their research at the IRES Student Symposium last week and a big thank you to all of those who attended, participated, and/or showed support!

Last RES Student Society Meeting of the Year

Thanks to the 2018-2019 RES Student Society exec team for all of your hard work in the last year and a warm welcome to the incoming exec team for 2019-2020!

Incoming 2019-2020 Exec Team:

Remzi Xhemalce and Erika Gavenus

Social coordinators:
Bri Della Savia, Rudri Bhatt, and Alejandra Virgen Urcelay

Seminar series coordinators:
Evan Bowness and Dana James

PhD Rep:
Rocio Lopez

Masters rep:
Annie Majaes

Steve Chignell

Whistler Trip Coordinator:
Andrea Byfuglien

Community Engagement Coordinators:
Narayan Gopintham and Sandeep Pai

Outgoing 2018-2019 Exec Team:

Susanna Kassen, Emily Mistick, Sara Nawaz

Social coordinators:
Rainer Lempert and Maddi Stevens

Seminar series coordinators:
Sean Smillie and Maayan Kreitzman

PhD Rep:
Rumi Naito

Masters Rep:
Victor Lam

Gurneet Braich

Whistler trip coordinator:
Krista Cawley


IRES Students Storm the Wall

Two weeks ago, two brave IRES teams Stormed the Wall. Thanks to some excellent teamwork, everyone made it over the wall and no one was left behind! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

Storm the Wall Teams:

IRES Stormers: Krista, Erika, Narayan, Bronwyn, Andrea

IRES Likes 2 Storm: Bri, Krista, Sean, Remzi, Narayan

Happy Birthday Christina

Wishing our lovely WorkLearn student, Christina Fung, a very happy birthday! Thanks for all of your hard work on the IRES communications initiatives - we really appreciate it!


New publication by UBC IRES Alumni, Tugce Conger and IRES and SCARP faculty member, Stephanie Chang.

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Job Opportunities

External Opportunities

GPS Update: Getting your Research in the Press + Project Management I + Parenting in the Digital Age Focus Group + Online Career Conference and More!

The latest updates from UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS).

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Bertram Scholarship

In recognition of the growing importance of good governance to all Canadian institutions, the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research is offering annual Bertram Scholarships of $15,000 each to PhD students registered at Canadian universities. The scholarship will support the work of students who are conducting research into organisational governance as part of their doctoral research project.

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Building Wind Turbines in Peru for Rural Communities in 2019!

WindAid Institute provides volunteer projects in Peru for people taking a gap year, career break, retirement or time out from education, employment or training. Tailor-made programs to suit specific requirements can be arranged with university and educational programs, corporate programs and programs for youth organizations to better meet their expectations.

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Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 20th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

The application period for the 2020 Mirzayan Fellowship program will be open from 6/17/19 to 9/6/19. The Fellowship stipend will be $9,250.

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Graduate Scholarships in Environmental Sciences and Engineering Application Package – Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals of British Columbia (CSAP)

The CSAP Society is supporting the next generation of Contaminated Site Approved Professionals by offering up to two $5,000 scholarships and one $7,000 scholarship to applied science and engineering graduate students whose research is relevant to the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites. Applicants must be engaged in a natural or applied science program leading to a post graduate project or thesis and must have a clearly defined research project and demonstrate the relevance of the research to the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites. Research project must be in British Columbia.

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The Corporate Mapping Project is pleased to host its second Summer Institute, offered by the University of Victoria Department of Sociology.

This week-long graduate seminar combines the sociology of corporate power with the political economy of fossil capital and the political ecology of the climate crisis. The course will be directed by Dr. William Carroll, but will feature presentations, guest lectures and extensive participation from members of the Corporate Mapping Project network, including representatives from environmental, social justice, labour, and First Nations groups.

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Apply to the Institute for Future Legislators (IFL)

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Do you wonder what it would be like to serve as a legislator? Apply to UBC’s Institute for Future Legislators (IFL) to find out! The IFL is delivered by the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at SPPGA and offered in Vancouver and Victoria this summer. The institute provides intensive hands-on mentoring and training for anyone who seeks the experience and knowledge necessary to make a difference—whether at the local, provincial, or federal level.

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External Events

David Suzuki – Opposing pipelines in Wet’suwet’en territories

From Headwaters to Saltwater Indigenous People Are Defending their Un-extinguished Rights and the Health of the Planet and its Waterways

On May 7, people in Vancouver will have an opportunity to hear first hand from some of the brave indigenous people who are opposing pipelines in Wet’suwet’en territories outside Smithers and here in Vancouver Harbour. Please join us at 7:00 PM May 7 at the St. James Community Square and learn more about what we can all do to support these vital struggles for indigenous rights and the rights of the earth and its waterways not to be turned into a toxic waste dump by the fossil fuel industry.

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Life Cycle Engineering and the Circular Economy: Design for Recycling and Recycle-based Design

Engineers play a major role in facing today’s environmental challenges. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the European Commission, at least three of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) can be addressed by engineering design. The Circular Economy paradigm proposed by the French government places a major focus on material efficiency, eco-design, and environmental performance. Engineers must adopt a Life Cycle thinking approach, combining their technical and economic evaluations with environmental impact evaluation, including waste and product end-of-life management.

Dr. Perry will discuss his research on electrical and electronic equipment waste materials, innovative recycle-based design, and evaluation of waste or by-product management. And how the combination of different approaches, like linking industrial ecology and Life Cycle Thinking, can address these major environmental challenges.

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Knowledge Exchange: Candid Conversations – The importance of dialogue in generating impact.

Please join innovation UBC on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 for Knowledge Exchange: Candid Conversations – The importance of dialogue in generating impact.

Bold thinking and innovative ideas don’t happen in isolation. Connecting UBC researchers and non-academic partners creates opportunities for dialogues that transform knowledge into meaningful impact. Different perspectives, ideas and knowledge come together, leading to improved practices and contributions to public debate, culture and policy.

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Sustainability Leadership Congress

Intengine Global Change Foundation is happy to announce that in an effort to minimize cost-associated barriers for the first annual Sustainability Leadership Congress, they have decided to subsidize Early Bird ticket sales by 50%, bringing the cost down to $100 for this 2-day influential conference and gala.

All attendees who purchase their ticket by April 30 will not only receive it at a discounted price, they will also be contacted in early May to apply for available scholarships valued up to $5000 to be awarded live at the Gala. A portion of scholarship recipients will be selected prior to the event while the remainder will be awarded lotto-style – so everyone has a chance to receive funding!

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Leading Practices in Natural Resource Governance Workshop

The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) is pleased to invite you to our Leading Practices in Natural Resource Governance Workshop. The workshop will feature participants from Argentina, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guyana, Kenya, Mongolia, Peru, Senegal and Canada, representing academia, government, civil society, and industry. The panels will reflect on gender equality, inclusive governance and environmental sustainability within the natural resource sector, while also examining the links and tensions between research and practice in international development projects.

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Summer Seminars – 2019 Applying the ecosystem approach to aquaculture: mapping the footprint of multiple effluents

Our guest speaker, Dr. Leigh Howarth, has been studying effluents with seaweed ‘bioindicators’ as a way of assessing water quality. As seaweeds rapidly absorb and accumulate nutrients within their tissues, they can better reflect long-term nutrient levels compared to more traditional measures of water chemistry. They found that seaweeds, taken from a bay in Nova Scotia close to a salmon farm and several other industrial activities, could distinguish and map the footprints of multiple effluent sources, proving that seaweed bioindicators could play an important role in applying the ecosystem approach to aquaculture.

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Seminar Series - Search for Assistant Professor in Indigenous Fisheries

The Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries recently advertised for a faculty position in the area of Indigenous Fisheries with expertise in social or biological fisheries sciences who have significant experience with Indigenous fisheries’ communities and territories, practices, issues, perspectives, and cultures.

As a result, six candidates have been invited to make presentations as part of their final interview process. They will each give a research seminar that will focus on the research they have undertaken thus far in their career, and a teaching seminar, which will highlight their teaching style.

These seminars are open to all, and participants are encouraged to attend, and to provide feedback to the search committee.

All presentations will take place in ESB 2012.

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