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 1:20pm.

Term 1 seminars will be hybrid (in-person and via Zoom).  The seminars will take place in either the Beaty Museum Theatre (2212 Main Mall) or the Michael Smith Labs Theatre (102-2185 East Mall).  Please check each seminar post for the location.  Please register in advance if you are participating via Zoom.

IMPORTANT NOTE: NO FOOD OR DRINKS ALLOWED IN BOTH THEATRES.

***** Select seminar videos are available for viewing here. *****

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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

March 23, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Bejoy Thomas


This is a joint event with UBC IRES and UBC Farm. Photo credit: Photo credit: ACCUWa project team Read More

November 24, 2016: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Nathan Bennett


IRES Postdoctoral Fellow Nathan Bennett will be presenting. Photo credit: Sameer Shah. Read More

January 19, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Milind Kandlikar


IRES Faculty Milind Kandlikar will be presenting. Photo credit: Global Panorama from flickr/Creative Commons Read More

January 26, 2017: IRES Professional Development Seminar
Speaker: Eileen Delehanty Pearkes


Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has a new book out - A River Captured: the Columbia River Treaty and Catastrophic Change. Photo credit: Eileen Delehanty Pearkes. Read More

February 20-24, 2017: Reading Week
No IRES Seminar


Photo credit: Brittany Stevens from flickr/Creative Commons Read More

January 5, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Zia Mehrabi (first seminar for Term 2)


The first IRES Seminar for Term 2. Photo credit: Jill Guerra. Read More

December 1, 2016: IRES Professional Development Seminar
Speakers: Mark Johnson, Navin Ramankutty, and Jiaying Zhao (last seminar for Term 1)


The IRES Seminar Series runs every Thursday during the Winter Session. This is the last seminar for Term 1. The next seminar will be on January 5, 2017. Photo credit: Graham McDowell. Read More

November 17, 2016: IRES Student Seminar
Speakers: Michiko Namazu and Jason Brown


RES PhD Candidates Michiko Namazu and Jason Brown are presenting. Photo credit: Myriam Khalfallah. Read More

October 27, 2016: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Michele Koppes


Michele Koppes is a new IRES Faculty Associate. Photo credit: Dominic Sherony from flickr/Creative Commons. Read More

January 12, 2017: IRES Student Seminar
Speaker: Holly Andrews


Photo credit: Julian S. Yates Read More

February 16, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Amanda Rodewald, Cornell University


This is joint event with UBC IRES and UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Photo credit: Amanda Rodewald. Read More

November 3, 2016: IRES Professional Development Seminar
Speakers: Kai Chan, Hadi Dowlatabadi & Hannah Wittman


Three IRES faculty are presenting today. Photo credit: Mahbub Islam from flickr/Creative Commons. Read More

October 20, 2016: IRES Student Seminar
Speakers: Jeff Scott and Jonathan Taggart


RES MSc student Jeff Scott and RES PhD Candidate Jonathan Taggart will be presenting. Photo credit: Trevor Wilson from flickr/Creative Commons. Read More

October 24, 2016: IRES Special Seminar
Speaker: Alex Davis (Carnegie Mellon University)


Location changed to AERL 107/108. Photo credit: Fe Ilya from flickr/Creative Commons Read More

March 9, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Karen Seto, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is located in New Haven, Connecticut. Photo credit: faeryhedgehog from flickr/Creative Commons. Read More

November 10, 2016: IRES Special Seminar
UBC Reads Sustainability with Simran Sethi


Join Simran Sethi for this UBC Reads Sustainability talk to find out more about the loss of agricultural biodiversity, efforts to conserve endangered foods and ways we can help save the foods we love. Photo credit: StateofIsrael from flickr/Creative Commons Read More

February 2, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Simon Donner


Simon Donner is a Faculty Associate in IRES. Photo credit: Graham McDowell. Read More

February 9, 2017: IRES Student Seminar
Speakers: Anna Schuhbauer and Guillaume Peterson St-Laurent


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

March 2, 2017: IRES Professional Development Seminar
Speakers: Tara Stephens-Kyte, Leonora Crema and Kai Chan


Photo credit: Thomas Chung from flickr/Creative Commons Read More

September 15, 2016: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Daniel Karp (first seminar for Term 1)


Daniel Karp is Killam Postdoctoral Fellow in IRES. Photo credit: Jill Guerra. Read More

September 9, 2016: Join SFU’s Mark Jaccard as he explores Vancouver’s target of 100% renewable energy


This event requires registration. Photo credit: Maggie Low. Read More

August 15, 2016: Webinar on Community Engagement and the new Water Sustainability Act with RES PhD Candidates Kiely McFarlane and Ashlee Jollymore


Do you care about strong protections for BC’s freshwater? Join us next Monday, August 15th at 1pm (Pacific Time). The Canadian Freshwater Alliance will be hosting a webinar on community engagement and the development of BC’s new Water Sustainability Act (WSA). Guests Kiely McFarlane and Ashlee Jollymore, PhD Candidates at the University of British Columbia, […] Read More

September 29, 2016: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Peter Klein


Peter Klein is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and an Associate Professor in the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. Photo credit: Pete O'Shea from flickr/Creative Commons. Read More

September 22, 2016: IRES Student Seminar
Speakers: Aaron Moguin and Sara Elder


RES MA student Aaron Moguin and RES PhD Candidate Sara Elder will be presenting. Photo credit: ohbernadine from flickr/Creative Commons. Read More

October 6, 2016: IRES Professional Development Seminar
Speakers: Sophia Murphy, Kirsten Dales and Conor Reynolds


This seminar will have 3 panelists. Photo credit: Audrey from flickr/Creative Commons. Read More

UBC Blueberry Festival: July 13 to 15, 2016


Location: UBC Bookstore Plaza Dates: July 13 to 15, 2016 Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm Click here for more information. Photo credit: Steven Isaacson from flickr/Creative Commons Read More

“Sea Around Us: Research and Collaboration in West Africa” Opening Session – July 25, 2016


July 12, 2016 The Sea Around Us announces the first capacity building workshop funded by the MAVA Foundation (Switzerland) under the project “Sea Around Us: Research and Collaboration in West Africa” to be held at the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) from July 25 to August 5, 2016. Sixteen participants from 6 […] Read More

February 4, 2016: Guest Lecture
Julian Yates


Julian Yates on "Between metaphor and practice: environmental governance and the decolonial option in the Peruvian Andes". Read More

February 25, 2016: Professional Development Seminar
Juanita Sundberg


Juanita Sundberg, UBC Associate Professor from the Department of Geography, will be speaking at the IRES Seminar Series. [Photo Credit: juanitasundberg.wordpress.com] Read More

April 7, 2016: Faculty Lecture
Leila Harris


Leila Harris on “Assessing States, Differentiating Citizens: Perspectives on water services and evolving state-society relations in Accra, Ghana and Cape Town, South Africa”. Read More

April 14, 2016: IRES/RES Student Symposium


IRES/RES Student Symposium Time: 1pm – 4:30pm Location: AERL Theatre (main floor), 2202 Main Mall (BBQ and Cash Bar afterwards from 4:30pm to 8pm) This event showcases the research done by our current RES Master and PhD students. [Photo Credit: Jonathan Taggart] Speakers: Simon Harding, PhD Candidate – no video available Alicia Speratti, PhD Candidate […] Read More

November 24, 2015: Guest Lecture
Hugh Possingham


Dr. Hugh Possingham from The University of Queensland will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate from UBC during the November 2015 graduation convocation. [Photo Credit: www.couriermail.com.au] Read More

January 7, 2016: Faculty Lecture
John Beatty (First Seminar for Term 2)


John Beatty on "The Ambiguity of Consensus". Read More

Yaron Cohen’s seminar video is now up!


The video for Yaron Cohen's seminar on June 9, 2015 is now available. Read More

November 17, 2015: Guest Lecture
Takayoshi Kusago


Takayoshi Kusago, a Visiting Professor, on "A story of Minamata’s revitalization: a shift from industrial pollution and social divisions to environmental model city". [Photo Credit: www.historico.aen.pr.gov.br] Read More

November 10, 2015: Student Lecture
Ivana Zelenika & Lisa Westerhoff


PhD Candidates Ivana on "Sustainability through Practice: Examining Waste Diversion Efforts, Barriers and Solutions" and Lisa on "City Stories: From narrative to practice in Vancouver’s Olympic Village". Read More

October 6, 2015: Guest Lecture
Mark Jaccard


Mark Jaccard is a professor at SFU's School of Resource and Environmental Management. [Photo Credit: nsb.com/speakers/mark-jaccard/] Read More

September 29, 2015: Faculty Lecture
Villy Christensen


Villy Christensen on where the ecosystem modeling is heading, and his own current and coming activities and research interests. [Photo Credit: aaas.ubc.ca] Read More