IRES News: March 26, 2019

IRES Events

IRES Professional Development Seminar with Speaker Panel: Non-Academic Career Options

 March 28, 2019

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This week, for our IRES Seminar Series, we have some very special guests coming to share their professional work experiences with us. Come and learn from Sonja Wilson (Reshape Strategies), Dylan Heerema (Pembina Institute), and Adrian Semmelink (BC Ministry of Agriculture).

With two UBC IRES Alumni and one UBC Clean Energy Engineering Alumnus, this event is bound to be interesting, informative, and thought-provoking. 

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Job Opportunities

External Opportunities

National Geographic Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge

TURNING THE TIDE ON PLASTIC WASTE: The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, a key component of National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures’ partnership to reduce plastic waste, asks problem solvers from around the globe to develop novel solutions to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis.

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GPS Update: Submitting your thesis + Steps for Planning your doctoral exam (with WEBINAR) + CGPSS Survey Reminder + More!

Updates on news and events from the UBC Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies department

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Summer School: Expertise, Trust and Public Policy - Call for Applications

The intensive, weeklong program will introduce students to key concepts from controversy studies and background theoretical literature. Students will receive practical training in analyzing, debating, and writing about significant controversies involving expert knowledge This training will equip students to understand the social and institutional conditions that ensure the credibility of expertise and to grasp why the sources of trust that underpin credibility are under strain. It will thereby equip students to better assess and evaluate expert claims and deal with public controversies relevant to their intellectual and professional objectives.

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Summer School on geoengineering governance, August 5 – 11, 2019: Applications now open

The Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law, in partnership with the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative, the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, and the Harvard Solar Geoengineering Research Project, is pleased to announce the Sixth International Summer School on Geoengineering Governance.

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Student challenge - two weeks left to apply!

Hey students! Did you know there are less than two weeks left to enter our student challenge?

Are you a current or a recent student at a Canadian post-secondary institution? Have you used open data or open information available on in a project? If so, this challenge is for you!

We’re looking to create opportunities for students to share their work with the open government community. Sound interesting? How about this: up to four winners will be brought to Ottawa to attend the Open Government Partnership Global Summit being held from May 29-31, 2019! Complete our quick application form by March 31, 2019!

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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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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

In Defense of Bees - Lecture by Paul van Westendorp


The last few decades have been marked by declines in the abundance and species diversity of bees in many ecosystems. This talk will highlight the wide range of research being carried out - from bee genetics to studies of the bee gut microbiome - all in an effort to improve honey bee health. The current situation demands a broader examination of the many different factors that impact not just honey bees, but all pollinators. Paul van Westendorp will share his thoughts on what changes are needed to reduce society’s environmental footprint, avert further degradation and prevent the precipitous decline in biodiversity.

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Lunch 'n Learn: International Gulf of Alaska Expedition - Year of the Salmon

Recently, an expedition team, consisting of 21 researchers from Canada, the United States, Russia, Japan, and Korea – all Pacific salmon producing countries – set out on the Russian Vessel, the Professor Kaganovskiy, for a five-week long voyage in the Gulf of Alaska – the first winter-at-sea international research collaboration, surveying of abundance and condition of salmon.

Grab your lunch and join us as Dr. Evgeny Pakhomov, professor and Director, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and Chief Canadian Scientist on the International Gulf of Alaska Expedition, and Dr. Brian Hunt, researcher on the Expedition discuss the voyage, the research findings so far, and where we go from here in our search to understand our iconic Pacific salmon species.

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Mining with Clean Energy, Dr. Ali G. Madiseh – CERC Research Seminar

This talk offers an overview of the clean energy technologies which are developed by Dr. Madiseh and his team at UBC to achieve ultra-efficient renewable energy systems for application mining operations. Such technologies include microwave-assisted continuous mining machines, solar refrigeration, ice-storage, geothermal mine cooling/heating systems and mine exhaust heat recovery systems. The ultimate goal is to create a new generation of mines that will enhance the industry’s global competitiveness and long-term sustainability.

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