IRES Seminar Series

The IRES Seminar Series showcases the research of our graduate students, faculty and guests. There are also monthly professional development seminars. Our seminars are open to everyone.

The seminars run every Thursday during the Winter Session (September to April) from 12:30pm to 1:30pm (Pacific Standard Time).

Winter 2020/21 Term 2 Seminars will be held via Zoom. Please email Bonnie Leung (bonnie.leung@ubc.ca) for the Seminar Zoom link.

Select seminar videos are available for viewing here.

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


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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

March 8, 2018: Jonathan Wilkinson, MP
Revamping Canada’s Environmental Laws


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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

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 28th 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 15, 2018: IRES Student Seminar
Understanding perceptions of species and the Phylo game (Megan Callahan)
Household energy transition in India (Poushali Maji)


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


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March 21, 2018: Green College Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speaker: Jonathan Foley


Location: Coach House, UBC Green College  Address: 6201 Cecil Green Park Road Date: Wednesday, March 21st 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 social […] Read More

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


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January 11, 2018: IRES Student Seminar
Speakers: Nicolas Talloni and Alida O’Connor


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February 22, 2018: No speaker due to Reading Week

January 30 2018 Tuesday: IRES Special Seminar
Speaker: David Rutledge


IRES Seminar Series Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (TUESDAY) Location: AERL 107,  2202 Main Mall ***************************************************************************   Energy Resources for Climate Models David Rutledge, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA Abstract: In modeling climate change, the carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is the most important factor.  The time frame for the climate response is much […] Read More

March 29, 2018: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Laura Morillas


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February 15, 2018: IRES Professional Development Seminar
To Profit or Not? How organizational structures impact sustainability projects


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January 25, 2018: IRES Professional Development Seminar
CV of Failures


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January 4, 2018: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Jocelyn Stacey
(First Seminar for Term 2)


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April 5, 2018: No IRES Seminar


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April 12, 2018: IRES Student Symposium Symposium


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December 7, 2017: IRES Special Seminar
Speaker: Bradley Eyre
(Last Seminar for Term 1)


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November 23, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speakers: FuturAgua Team (Tim McDaniels, Douw Steyn, and others) plus poster session in AERL Lobby afterwards


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October 26, 2017: IRES Professional Development Seminar
Speakers: Alaya Boisvert, Ann Rowan, David Boyd, Adriane Carr
Environmental Policy and Government Relations Panel Discussion


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September 28, 2017: IRES Professional Development Seminar
Speakers: IRES Postdocs Panel


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October 19, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speaker: John Reganold


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November 9, 2017: IRES Student Seminar
Speaker: Ghazal Ebrahimi (RES PhD Candidate)


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November 2, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Terre Satterfield


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November 16, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speaker: Jeannette Armstrong


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October 18, 2017: UBC Green College
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speaker: John Reganold


SUSTAINABLE FARMING SYSTEMS IN THE 21ST CENTURY John Reganold, Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology at Washington State University Coach House, Green College, UBC (6201 Cecil Green Park Road) Wednesday, October 18, 5-6:30 pm in the series Hope in the Anthropocene: Sustainability Solutions and Inspirations  Agriculture is at a critical juncture. To feed a […] Read More

October 12, 2017: IRES Student Seminar
Speakers: Adrian Semmelink and Elaine Hsiao


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October 5, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Sean Smukler


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September 21, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speaker: Mary Galvin


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September 7, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Simon Goring
University of Wisconsin


The first IRES Seminar for the 2017/2018 Winter Session! Photo credit: Joshua Mayer from flickr/Creative Commons Read More

IRES Seminar Series resumes Thursday, September 7


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September 14, 2017: IRES Student Seminar
Speakers: Ivana Zelenika and Lucy Rodina


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April 6, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speakers: Hadi Dowlatabadi and Justin Ritchie
(Last IRES Seminar for Term 2)


This is a joint presentation with Hadi Dowlatabadi and Justin Ritchie. Photo credit: Moyan Brenn from flickr/Creative Commons Read More

June 9, 2017: IRES Special Seminar
Speaker: Jonah Busch
Time: 11am in UBC AERL Theatre


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April 13, 2017: IRES Student Symposium
Seminar Videos are now available


The IRES Student Symposium showcases the research of our graduate students. Photo credit: Andy Morffew from flickr/Creative Commons Read More

November 15, 2017: Green College Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speaker: Jeannette Armstrong


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March 30, 2017: IRES Special Seminar
Speaker: Claire Kremen
University of California Berkeley


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October 13, 2016: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Gunilla Öberg


IRES faculty member Gunilla Öberg presenting on October 13. Photo Credit: Gunilla Öberg/Artist Dino Pai Read More

March 16, 2017: IRES Student Seminar
Speakers: Sophia Murphy and Mollie Chapman


Two RES PhD Candidates will be presenting. Photo credit: Edna Winti from flickr/Creative Commons Read More