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UBC Climate Change Research Symposium: October 13 & 14, 2021

The UBC Climate Change Research Symposium will bring together, virtually, climate researchers from multiple faculties on our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

While UBC is a recognized leader in climate change research, there is limited connectivity between the clusters of relevant research activity across the many faculties on our campuses. This symposium, featuring panel discussions and keynote speakers, will to help make those connections and enhance the potential of UBC researchers to impact climate change through research and innovation.

Join us on October 13 & 14. The symposium is primarily intended for the UBC research community, but all are welcome to attend. Registration is limited.

On December 5, 2019, the UBC Board of Governors endorsed UBC’s pronouncement of a climate emergency. For more information on UBC’s climate emergency engagement process, please visit: https://climateemergency.ubc.ca/.

Acknowledgments: The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation would like to thank the Co-Chairs of the UBC Climate Change Research Symposium Steering Committee, Dr. Sally Aitken and Dr. Mark MacLachlan, and the members of the Steering Committee, for their scientific and strategic leadership throughout the planning of this event: Dr. Philip Ainslie, Dr. Phil Barker, Dr. Simon Donner, Dr. Walter Mérida, Dr. Gail Murphy, Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Dr. Adam Wei, Dr. Kate Weinberger, Dr. Rachel White, and Dr. Stepan Wood.

We recognize that this symposium is a single step in connecting climate change research areas at UBC. Following the symposium, we will conduct an online consultation to hear your thoughts on the most effective next steps for advancing climate change research at UBC.

Registration

full Symposium Registration

To register for the symposium, please click on the buttons below. A Zoom link will be sent to you via email upon successful registration. You must register for each day of the symposium separately, i.e., to attend the full symposium, please register for both Day 1 AND Day 2. This registration inlcudes keynote registration on each day.

Keynote only Registration

If you only want to attend the keynotes, please register at the link below.

Keynote Day 1: Breaking the Energy/ Climate Change Logjam - Dr. David Wilkinson, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Keynote Day 2: Housing Justice in the Fire Zone - the Case of Paradise - Naomi Klein, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, UBC Professor of Climate Justice

If you have an issue with registering, please contact Hannelore Roos, hannelore.roos@ubc.ca.


Schedule

Day 1: Wednesday, October 13

10:45 am – 11 am

Welcome and introductory remarks

Dr. Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Dr. Phil Barker, Vice-Principal and Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation

11 am – 12 pm

How do we get to a net-zero energy system?

Chair: Dr. Phil Barker, Vice-Principal and Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation

 

Dr. Kathryn Harrison, Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Kasun Hewage, Professor, School of Engineering (Okanagan)

Dr. Milind Kandlikar, Professor and Director, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi, Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

12 pm - 1pm

KEYNOTE:
Breaking the Energy/ Climate Change Logjam

Chair: Dr. James Olson, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science 

 

Dr. David Wilkinson, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

1 pm - 2 pm

How do we create the social climate for change?

Chair: Dr. George Hoberg, Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Associate Faculty, Department of Political Science

 

Dr. Gregory Garrard, Professor, Environmental Humanities (Okanagan)

Dr. Jiaying Zhao, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Dr. Shannon Hagerman, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management

Dr. James Tansey, Associate Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing, Sauder School of Business

2 pm – 3 pm

How can we protect ecosystems from climate change?

Chair: Dr. Sally Otto, Professor, Department of Zoology

 

Dr. Adam Wei, Professor, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences (Okanagan)

Dr. William Cheung, Professor and Director, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

Dr. Mary O’Connor, Professor, Department of Zoology

Dr. Amy Angert, Professor, Department of Botany

3 pm – 4 pm

How does climate change impact food security?

Chair: Dr. Jörg Bohlmann, Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories, Department of Botany, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences

 

Dr. Cara Haney, Associate Professor

Microbiology and Immunology
Dr. Loren Rieseberg, Professor Botany and Director, Biodiversity Research Centre

Dr. Hannah Wittman, Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Dr. Miranda Hart, Professor, Department of Biology (Okanagan)
 

 

 


 

Day 2: Thursday, October 14th, 2021

10:45 am – 11 am

Welcome and introductory remarks
Chair: Dr. Mark MacLachlan, Professor, Department of Chemistry

11 am – 12 pm

How can society adapt to climate change?

Chair: Dr. Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

 

Dr. Walter Mérida, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Kate Weinberger, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health

Dr. Mark Johnson, Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Dr. Danielle Ignace, Assistant Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences

12 pm - 1pm

KEYNOTE
Housing Justice in the Fire Zone - the Case of Paradise

Chair: Dr. Gage Averill, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Arts

 

Naomi Klein, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, UBC Professor of Climate Justice

1 pm - 2 pm

How is the climate system changing?

Chair: Dr. Sally Aitken, Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences and Associate Dean of Research and Innovation

 

Dr. Simon Donner, Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Department of Geography

Dr. Rachel White, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Philippe Tortell, Professor and Head, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

 Dr. Christian Schoof, Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

2 pm – 3 pm

How can society achieve a fair and responsible transition?

Chair: Dr. Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

 

Dr. David Boyd, Associate Professor of Law, Policy and Sustainability, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Dr. Robert Clifford, Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law

Dr. Carol Liao, Associate Professor, Allard School of Law

Dr. Hisham Zerriffi, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management