IRES News: March 18, 2019

IRES Community Moments

Celebrating Gillian's Birthday

Happy Birthday to our lovely Administrative Manager (a.k.a IRES Mum), Gillian Harris! Thank you for always brightening our day and bringing so much colour to our lives. We all appreciate you immensely!

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Photo Credit: Madison Stevens, IRES PhD Student

Nominations for RES Student Society Exec!

As the end of term approaches, it is time for the passing of the proverbial torch to a new RES exec team!

Being a part of the student society is a great opportunity to work with other students, staff and faculty, and to help shape student life in our amazing department. There is also a lot of flexibility and support for new ideas and initiatives. If you've got some ideas for how you might contribute, or if you just want to get more involved, consider one of the positions!

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IRES Events

Near 0°C Temperature and Precipitation Characteristics across Canada

 March 21, 2019


Temperatures and associated precipitation (including freezing rain and wet snow) near 0°C lead to many impacts on society and ecosystems. This presentation provides a Canada-wide perspective on near 0°C conditions (-2°C ≤ T ≤ 2°C) using 92 hourly reporting stations over the 1981-2011 period. The average number of days per year experiencing such temperatures varies widely from approximately 20 in the Arctic to 200 in interior British Columbia, whereas the associated number of hours varies from 600 in the Arctic and southwestern British Columbia to almost 1800 in Newfoundland. In southern Canada, associated precipitation often occurs near mid-winter but it typically does not occur near summer. The development of these and numerous other characteristics is establishing a solid foundation for understanding near 0°C patterns; this is needed for best adapting to their future shifts driven by our changing climate.

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 March 18, 2019

Join us for a provocative evening of discussion on the future of climate action as we gather some of UBC’s finest academics who are setting a precedent of climate leadership locally and internationally.

Gain insight into our four panelists’ environmental work, each of whom has had a significant influence on innovations in their academic fields. The discussion will be guided towards exploring the various roles of humans as the protagonists of the anthropocene, and how we can build courage among future generations to tackle the climate crisis.

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Job Opportunities

External Opportunities

Graduate Fellowships: Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy for 2018-19

Two graduate fellowships are being offered by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy for 2018-19.

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2019 Youth Energy Policy Design Competition

Contest Question: What combination of policies creates the optimal pathway for Canada to meet its 2030 climate target?

Deadline: March 29, 2019

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Call for Speakers: Arborium Symposium

The PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives will be hosting a one day symposium, “An Arborium Symposium”, to bring together people who are conducting tree-related research and are looking to share their work with an enthusiastic community!

The symposium will be on Saturday April 13th and we are looking for speakers! Please pass on the attached poster to anyone who may be interested, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

The application deadline is March 31st.

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How to Submit an Environmental Petition to the Government of Canada

Resources for how to submit an environmental petition to the government of Canada. 

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2019 IUFRO Conference – Transforming Forests and Forestry through Indigenous and Local Knowledges: Reciprocity and Relationship Building in Forest Ecosystems

This event hopes to bring together indigenous and local community members, academics and others to share their knowledge and experience in equitable and inclusive research and stewardship projects.

A call for papers to present is attached, with submissions due March 31st. The conference will also include non-academic discussions and activities.

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ComSciConCAN: Canada’s first national science communication workshop/conference for graduate students

We are now accepting applications for ComSciConCAN - Canada’s first national science communication workshop/conference for graduate students. This unique professional development program aims to help the next generation of leaders in STEM fields develop the skills needed to communicate their research and ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, policy makers, and the general public.

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External Events

GPS Update: 3MT Winners! + Mitacs Essentials of Teams@VGH + Women in Data Science + More!

Learn more about upcoming events from UBC Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

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EnVision Conference 2019: Accelerating Energy System Transformation

EnVision 2019 is the 5th conference hosted by the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) at the University of Victoria, and supported by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

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Succeeding in the Green Economy: West Coast Edition

Join us in Vancouver for the first of four free public panel discussions hosted at business schools across the country. Come together with entrepreneurs, students and established leaders to explore Succeeding in the Green Economy: Lessons learned from Canadian clean growth entrepreneurs. Our event host is the UBC Sauder School of Business’s Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing.


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SFU Faculty of Environment: Professional Programs and Partnerships Workshops

Various workshops available.


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BC Agriculture and Climate Change Education Series – Module 4: Extension for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Extension is a time-proven mechanism widely used to link industry and university-based researchers and guide research activities so that they effectively address industry challenges, and facilitate calculated, strategic programming to advance the agriculture sector. Dr. Mullinix will discuss the important role of extension linked to research, in regard to climate change mitigation and adaptation by the agriculture sector in BC. The discussion will include an examination of the reciprocal relationships between knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination, knowledge integration, and sector advancement.


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