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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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: The rapid decrease in the cost of solar power generation has made clean energy a key instrument in the effort […] 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:  Social scientists are increasingly collaborating with partners in the field (NGOs, Social Enterprises and in […] 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 21, 2018: Green College Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speaker: Jonathon Foley


Location: Coach House, UBC Green College  Address: 6201 Cecil Green Park Road Date: Wednesday, February 29th 2018 Time: 5pm   “Planet Vision:  Why We First Need to Build a Shared, Positive Vision of the Future to Address Our Environmental Challenges”   ABSTRACT: Learn more about PlanetVision, a multi-faceted campaign — blending museums exhibits, web and […] Read More

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


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March 29, 2018: IRES Professional Development 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: Various UBC RES Master and PhD students


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