IRES News: May 7th, 2019


IPBES Launches Global Assessment Report

"Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)."

The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is the most comprehensive ever completed. It is the first intergovernmental Report of its kind and builds on the landmark Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of 2005, introducing innovative ways of evaluating evidence.

It has been compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years, with inputs from another 310 contributing authors, and is based on the systematic review of about 15,000 scientific and government sources. Furthermore, it is the first global assessment ever to systematically examine and include indigenous and local knowledge, issues, and priorities.

UBC IRES Faculty member, Kai Chan, is Coordinating Lead Author (CLA).

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Team IRES at the UBC Staff & Faculty Sports Day

Participants (left to right): Mina Phaisaltantiwongs, Gillian Harris, Amanda Giang, Stefanie Ickert, Navin Ramankutty, and Mark Johnson

Job Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities

Wellness Day: Building Happiness with Time

You are invited to this year’s Vivien M. Srivastava Iecture and orkshop on May 15!

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#GreatSupervisor Week: May 6-12

Coming up next week, G+PS will be presenting our third annual Supervisor Appreciation Week! From May 6-12, we invite UBC graduate students to tell the world about their great supervisors through social media and an online submission form.

Graduate students will be invited to offer kudos using #GreatSupervisor #UBC on Twitter and Facebook. For those that prefer, they will also be able to offer their appreciation through this survey:

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GPS Update: Scholarly Smarts in Today’s Publishing Landscape + Submitting your Thesis/Planning your Doctoral Exam (webinar) + Strategies for Happier Time + More!

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

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The call for abstracts for the second annual Sustainability and Development Conference at the University of Michigan (October 11-14, 2019) has been extended to May 13, 2019. The conference is supported by several University of Michigan departments, as well as the journal World Development. It will cover a suite of key themes related to sustainability and development, but broadly focuses on the many global efforts to realize the SDGs and to assess the outcomes of SDG interventions.

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Funding opportunity for master's or PhD student - Oil development and coastal communities in Latin America

There is an opportunity to work with Dr. Nathan Bennett on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant titled “Converging Pressures and Slippery Livelihoods: The dynamics of oil extraction, fisheries, community well-being and ocean governance in Ghana and Mexico”. Dr. Nathan Bennett is the lead researcher for the Latin America portion of the project. Other project collaborators include Dr. Nathan Andrews, Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Dr. Phillipe LeBillon and Dr. Noella Gray. As the project title suggests, this small project will focus on how oil development is impacting small-scale fishing communities in two parts of the world.

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Advertisment for Paid Study

Call for participants:

We are looking for members of the UBC community (students or staff) to participate in focus groups regarding gene editing technologies. Focus groups will last 2.5-3 hours. You do not need to have any prior knowledge or understanding of these technologies to participate. We offer a $50 gift card, to either Virtuous Pie or Loafe Café, to all participants. If interested, please contact Sara Nawaz at

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CFP: 2019 Northwest Climate Conference – Portland, OR, Oct 8-10

Portland State University is hosting the 2019 Northwest Climate Conference!

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 10th Annual Northwest Climate Conference. We invite you and your colleagues to submit abstracts for oral presentations, poster presentations, and special sessions.

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Deadline Extension: Apply to the Institute for Future Legislators (IFL) by May 15th

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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