IRES News: April 19th, 2021

IRES News & Events

April 20-23, 2021 | Global Goals for Nature, Climate & People

This Earth Week, join Dr. David Boyd and 18 other speakers from around the world for a new TV program, Global Goals for Nature, Climate & People, airing April 20th on EarthX, to explore how can we build an equitable, carbon neutral, and nature positive future.


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April 21, 2021 | Take Nature as the Measure: The Search for Sustainability

Join us for a conversation with Wes Jackson, author Robert Jensen, Dr. Hannah Wittman, and Dr. M.V. Ramana about the ideas to advance sustainable agriculture and the other changes necessary to effectively address climate change.

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The IRES Student Society is excited to see what will be shared this year by our students, post-docs, faculty, and staff! Do involve your kid(s), partner, or companion animal(s) if you'd like.

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On April 21, the UBC Farm is launching its 20th anniversary celebrations and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems has reached its 10-year milestone! Events are going to be happening throughout the growing season, join virtually and find out more about both organizations here.

The IRES Seminar Series resumes Thursday, September 9, 2021.

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IRES’s LinkedIn Page is now PUBLIC!

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Graduate Student Opportunities

UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter

Check out the latest UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter for events, workshops, and more! 

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Call for Applications: Sumaila-Volvo Graduate Prize in Environmental Sustainability

A $3,850 prize has been made available through an endowment established by UBC faculty member Dr. Rashid Sumaila upon being named the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize laureate for a Master’s or Ph.D. student whose peer-reviewed publications to date are expected to have the most significant impact on the field of environmental sustainability.

The IRES deadline to submit a complete application package to Graduate Program Manager Kelsey Robertson at is Friday, April 30 at noon.

For more information, please click here.

Call for Applications: BC Indigenous Student Award

The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has established an award program for Indigenous students pursuing post-secondary education in BC. They are available to students who identify as Indigenous, defined as First Nations (Status or Non-Status), Métis or Inuit. All are renewable in order to provide sustained funding over multiple years. Renewable awards of $5,000 per year are available.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 30.

For more information, please click here.

Call for Applications: 2021 Spring Graduate Awards Competition

A number of University awards for the 2021/22 academic year are available to current and incoming graduate students. The maximum value of funding that can be offered to a student is $16,000, or $18,000 for the #6495 Andrew Nord Fellowships in Rheumatology.

The deadline to submit a complete application package to Graduate Program Manager Kelsey Robertson at is Friday, May 7 at noon.

For more information, please click here.

Call for Applications: Paid Research Assistantship in First Nations Treaties with Canada and Sustainable Development at University of Waterloo

Are you interested in indigenous rights and treaties, and how a reconciliation agenda might support sustainable development?

Apply now for a paid research assistantship starting in May 2021!

Application Deadline: April 20, 2021


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EOAS Teaching Assistant Positions for Winter 2021 Term 1 (September to December 2021)

EOAS Teaching Assistant Positions for Winter 2021 Term 1 (September to December 2021) are now open for applications! Click the button below for more information.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021


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UBC SPPGA Teaching Assistantship Opportunities in 2021 Summer and Winter Terms

UBC SPPGA is seeking qualified applicants to fill the positions for several MPPGA Teaching Assistantship positions in the 2021 Summer and Winter terms.

Application Deadline (Summer): April 30, 2021

Application Deadline (Summer): May 31, 2021


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Call for Papers: Conference on Carbon Pricing hosted by Boston University

This conference will be a two-day sequence of virtual panels on the last Friday and Saturday in July, hosted by Boston University’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

Abstracts should be submitted by May 1, 2021 and complete papers by July 1, 2021. 


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External Events

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Recent IRES Publications

Recent publications by IRES faculty:

Building effective policies to conserve pollinators: translating knowledge into policy

B Gemmill-Herren, LA Garibaldi, C Kremen, & HT Ngo.
Current Opinion in Insect Science (2021).

Higher Yields and More Biodiversity on Smaller Farms

V Ricciardi, Z Mehrabi, H Wittman, D James, & N Ramankutty.
Nature Sustainability (2021): 1-7.

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