IRES News: April 2nd, 2019

IRES Moments

IRES Professional Development Seminar: Non-Academic Career Options

Last week we learned about non-academic career options from IRES Alumnus, Sonja Wilson and Adrian Semmelink, as well as CEEN Alumni, Dylan Heerema.

"Sprucing" up IRES

IRES WorkLearn student, Christina Fung, taking care of the IRES plants and re-potting some new ones.


These photovoltaics panels provide this village with energy now, but they could become obsolete when the main grid arrives. (Shutterstock)

The future of renewable infrastructure is uncertain without good planning

The Conversation published an op-ed by UBC’s Vikas Menghwani, a PhD candidate, Hisham Zerriffi, a professor in forest resources management, and Sandeep Pai, a PhD student.

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IRES Events

Can we produce our way out of food system problems?

 April 4th, 2019


The global food system is one of the biggest drivers of global environmental degradation. This will only worsen if increasing population and consumption generates increased production in the future. Solutions to this challenge often focus on increasing production through ‘sustainable intensification’, and commonly include closing yield gaps, genetic engineering, or expanding organic and/or urban agriculture. However, an assessment of existing studies suggest that such “hard path” solutions, from the supply side, will be insufficient to meet our food and environmental goals of the future. On the contrary, “soft path” solutions, such as reducing waste and shifting diets, are needed to deal with the magnitude of the problem. Soft path solutions, focused on improving efficiencies and reducing demand, have huge leverage, such that even small changes can have large impacts. The open question is how we can achieve such shifts.

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Job Opportunities

External Opportunities

BioTAP TA Training Session April 8th: Best Practices in Teaching

This session will focus on presentation of documented 'Best Practices' and will include evidence in support of 'Best Practices'. TAs will share teaching strategies and practices that they found effective, and consider new strategies that they can adopt in their next teaching assignment. Lunch will be provided. Register soon as space is limited.

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UBC Library Research Commons Events Newsletter

Learn more about the events happening this April 2019 at the UBC Library Research Commons!

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External Events

Earth Day Events – Vancouver Public Library

Learn about the exciting Earth Day events happening at the Vancouver Public Library!

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GPS Update: Thesis/Doc exam sessions/webinars + last week for CGPSS Survey + join a Career Focus Group + More!

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

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