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December 2, 2021: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Leroy Little Bear

December 2, 2021: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Leroy Little Bear

November 25, 2021: IRES Faculty Seminar with Naoko Ellis

We understand that for technological advancements to become solutions impacting society positively, various non-technical aspects must be in place. How do we then train engineers to become solution providers who understand the complexity of society? How are boundaries of engineering manifested? These questions have led me to join IRES last year, and continue working towards climate emergency through transdisciplinary research.

Seeking Assistant Professor: Human Dimensions of Biodiversity Conservation

IRES and Faculty of Land and Food Systems are seeking an interdisciplinary scholar who uses econometric and other quantitative techniques to investigate human dimensions of biodiversity conservation. For example, research interests may include how individual and institutional actions affect conservation outcomes, or how biodiversity conservation affects aspects of human well-being. Anticipated start July 1, 2022.

November 5, 2021: BIG Difference BC 2021

BIG Difference BC is a highly anticipated regional conference celebrating behavioural science in all its forms. The annual event brings together behavioural insights experts and enthusiasts from government, academia, non-profit organizations, and industry to share case studies, best practices, and lessons learned.

November 2, 2021: A Discussion on Open Access in Canada

Moderated by Stephen Chignell, IRES Ph.D. Student | Open access publishing is a rapidly expanding and evolving strategy for making scholarly work globally accessible. Unlike the traditional scholarly publishing model under which publishers require institutions or individuals to pay for access to these materials, open access provides a model for freely available research outputs to […]

October 28, 2021: 2021 Zero Waste Conference

October 28, 2021: IRES's Dr. Kai Chan is one of the panelists in this year's Zero Waste Conference, which has been at the forefront of Canada’s circular economy journey.

October 25, 2021: IRES Special Seminar with Jamie McEvoy

Drought is a threat to human communities and natural systems. This talk focuses on drought adaptation strategies that account for multispecies needs in a more-than-human world.

October 21, 2021: IRES Faculty Seminar with Don Carruthers Den Hoed

This presentation will outline the history and core programs of CPCIL and share opportunities for the academic community to get involved with real-world wicked problems, such as decolonizing parks, equity and diversity, conservation burnout, climate adaptation, and organizational sustainability – particularly tensions in financing protected areas.

October 14, 2021: IRES Student Seminar with Jack Durant and Alexa Tanner

October 14, 2021: IRES Student Seminar with Jack Durant and Alexa Tanner

October 14, 2021 | The Transformative Potential of the Right to a Healthy Environment

Canadian historian and educator, Dr. Bernie Vigod (1946-1988) was a lifelong advocate of human rights and civil liberties. Dr. David Boyd will be speaking on how we can live in harmony with nature. REGISTER at STU.CA/VIGOD

October 7, 2021: IRES Faculty Seminar with Edward Gregr

Understanding the distribution of species and the services they provide is critical to effective resource management. This understanding typically relies correlations between observations of species and the environment.

October 6, 2021 | Nuclear Power and Climate Change: Can Small Modular Reactors Deliver?

Join this discussion on nuclear energy and small modular reactors (SMRs), with a focus on their status in Canada, and the climate vulnerability of nuclear plants. The presentations will draw upon the 2021 World Nuclear Industry Status Report.

September 29, 2021: Online Interview with Dr. Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University

Join us for a special interview with Dr. Kahneman by Dr. Jiaying Zhao, Dr. Dale Griffin, and Dr. Matt Lowe on Wednesday September 29, 2021. Please RSVP by September 22.

September 28, 2021: Conservation Discussion Group

September 28, 2021: Conservation Discussion Group with Rassim Khelifa We started meetings last week and, thanks to all who participated, we have come up with an exciting theme line-up for the term! Next week: Our speaker Dr. Rassim Khelifa will lead a discussion on “Using Games for Environmental Education and Public Outreach”!! See his poster […]

September 23, 2021: IRES Faculty Seminar with Rachel White and Simon Donner

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC provides regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation. Join us on September 23 for a roundtable discussion on the 2021 IPCC Report with Dr. White and Dr. Donner.

September 17, 2021: 2021 Virtual SPPGA Policy Salon: Shaping the Post-COVID World

The 2021 Policy Salon, Shaping the Post-COVID World, aims to acknowledge the precarious situation that we remain in globally with respect to COVID-19, while also looking ahead to consider how key lessons can be applied to overcoming other global challenges such as climate change. Featured speakers include IRES/SPPGA prof Dr. David Boyd and IRES PhD […]

September 21, 2021: UBC Future Waters group meeting

Join the UBC Future Water group on Tuesday, September 21st for the first meeting of the semester!

September 21-23, 2021 | BE.Hive: Behavioral Solutions to Water Pollution – A Virtual Summit

The world relies on clean water. Yet pollution threatens nearly every body of water on earth around the globe. Human behavior lies at the center of this issue, both as the problem and the solution. This online summit from September 21-23 explores water pollution through the lens of human behavior. IRES’s Dr. Jiaying Zhao is a featured researcher for Session 3 of the summit.

September 16, 2021: IRES Student Seminar with Erika Luna and Claire Ewing

September 16, 2021: IRES Student Seminar with Erika Luna and Claire Ewing.

July 14, 2021: Indigenous Bodies of Evidence and Counter-Mapping in the “Green” Nuclear Archive

How does our imagination of a climate-friendly future hinge on rebranding or erasing our toxic past? Join Dr. ann-elise Lewallen on July 14 as she delves into recent Indigenous strategies to counter the “green energy” archive enlisted to promote nuclear energy. Cohosted by UBC SPPGA and IHRC.