IRES Seminar Series

The IRES Seminar Series showcases the research of our graduate students, faculty and guests.  There are also monthly professional development seminars.  The seminars run every Thursday during the Winter Session (September to April) from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in AERL Theatre (room 120). The AERL building (Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory) is located on 2202 Main Mall at UBC Vancouver. Our IRES Series are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

New this year: With humanity’s creation of a new geological era marked by dominant human influences on planetary processes, the Anthropocene seems to offer little hope.

And yet, the same ingenuity that enables human domination over the Earth also allows a certain genius in addressing the many rising environmental and sustainability challenges.

Hope in the Anthropocene will showcase such inspirations and solutions in tackling climate change, harnessing energy, feeding humanity, governing states, and meeting our collective water and sanitation needs all while respecting Indigenous peoples and protecting nature and its benefits for people.

A collaboration between Green College and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, Hope in the Anthropocene will feature 6 accomplished speakers from around the world presenting in the IRES Seminar Series.

Select seminar videos are available for viewing here.

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January 17, 2018: Green College Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speakers: Thomas Sisk and Wendy Palen


Location: Coach House, UBC Green College  Address: 6201 Cecil Green Park Road Date: Wednesday, January 17th 2018 Time: 5pm Participatory Science, Public Discourse, and Hope for Solving Wicked Environmental Problems Thomas D. Sisk, Landscape Conservation Initiative, Northern Arizona University, and Wendy J. Palen, Earth to Ocean Research Group, Simon Fraser University   Abstract:  Hope for the […] Read More

January 18, 2018: IRES Faculty Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speaker: Thomas D. Sisk


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January 25, 2018: IRES Professional Development Seminar
Speakers: TBA


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February 1, 2018: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Steve Conrad


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February 8, 2018: IRES Student Seminar
Speaker: Michaela Neuberger and Kiely McFarlane


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February 15, 2018: IRES Professional Development Seminar
Speakers: TBA


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February 22, 2018: No speaker due to Reading Week

February 28, 2018: Green College Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speaker: Johannes Urpelainen


The Grand Challenge of Clean Energy Access in the Developing World Johannes Urpelainen Location: Coach House, UBC Green College  Address: 6201 Cecil Green Park Road Date: Wednesday, February 29th 2018, 5 pm Time: 5pm Abstract: Coming soon   Bio: Johannes Urpelainen is the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment at Johns Hopkins […] Read More

March 1, 2018: IRES Faculty Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speakers: Johannes Urpelainen and Rustam Sengupta


Roundtable on Social Science in the field: Working on Development with NGOs and Social Enterprises Johannes Urpelainen and Rustam Sengupta   IRES Seminar Series Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday) Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall *************************************************************************** Abstract:  Coming soon     Johannes Urpelainen Bio: Johannes Urpelainen is the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz […] Read More

March 8, 2018: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Laura Morillas


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March 15, 2018: IRES Student Seminar
Speakers: Megan Callahan and Poushali Maji


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March 22, 2018: IRES Faculty Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speaker: Jon Foley


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March 29, 2018: IRES Professional Development Seminar or Faculty Seminar
Speaker: TBA


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April 5, 2018: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Hannah Wittman


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April 12, 2018: IRES Student Symposium
Speakers: Jackie Lerner (PhD Candidate), Sameer Shah (PhD Candidate), Teddy Eyster (MSC Student), Krista English (PhD Candidate)


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