to Oct 19

Liu Institute Network of Africa Showcase: Building Connections Between and Within.

The Liu Institute Network of Africa (LINA) emerged out of the need for a platform  to bring together stakeholders and resources within research and policy institutions to address policy issues in Africa. 

LINAs inaugural symposium will take place on October 18-19. This event will showcase researchers from Africa and research about African issues under the broader themes of education, policy and environment. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage with LINA members and discuss the mission and vision of LINA while connecting with the LINA network at UBC and in the surrounding community.

For more information visit https://linasymposium2019.home.blog/

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Basin Food Summit - Rossland BC
to Oct 26

Basin Food Summit - Rossland BC

Regeneration is becoming a mindset to meet the challenges we are facing in the world today. In short, living systems work on principles of regeneration and by incorporating these ideas into how we build our communities, our businesses/organizations and our farms, allows us to find a greater and healthier integration with our surrounding environment.

The organizers of the Basin Food Summit aims to create an event that maximizes the regions ability to identify the ‘emergent opportunities’ within the complexity of the basin region.

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11:00 AM11:00

UBC Womens Faulty Club Presentation

Sustainability, Science and the Ways Technology Can Impact the World


Sustainable science is concerned with creating technologies that will help our communities grow and thrive; science that can inform and empower us to take a “bottom-up” view of climate change to build sustainable innovative cities.

In this presentation, Dr Love-Ese Chile will speak about her pathway to becoming one of a growing group of Sustainable Scientists advocating for the use of green technologies within our communities. An important aspect of sustainable science is to explore the social and cultural practices at the core of sustainability issues; how did we arrive here and, what will support us getting to where we want to be? Using plastic, 3D printing and 5G technology as case studies, Dr. Chile will speak about how these innovations could help propel us towards a sustainable future.

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9:45 AM09:45

Advances in Sustainable Plastic Degradation Symposium

Organizer: Love-Ese Chile, Bioplastic Specialist and Consultant, Grey to Green Sustainable Solutions

As the world becomes more educated and aware of the environmental issues facing our planet and the consequences of not addressing them, there has been a subsequent and significant increase in everyday citizens looking to do their part. Plastic pollution has become an issue of public concern with greater societal awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways. The quantity of disposable plastics used and the fact that most plastics do not breakdown fast in the environment, are root causes.

Alternatives to petroleum-based plastics and biodegradable plastics are becoming more readily available to conscientious consumers. However, without new waste management and recovery options, these alternatives will not be as effective in supporting a circular economy. This is why our session will focus on the advances in sustainable plastic degradation and highlight the recent research progress made involving the waste recovery aspect of the sustainable plastic lifecycle.

Our session will illustrate how bio-derived and/or biodegradable plastics have the potential to significantly reduce not only plastic pollution, but fossil resource reliance as well. It will also show that we unfortunately still need more support in the development of infrastructure and technology to turn this goal into a reality and what you as green chemists and engineers can do to help.

Participants can expect to leave this session with a deeper insight into how to design materials for better use, the recovery and conversion used in the plastic degradation process, as well as new strategies, ideas, and approaches to the waste management of sustainable plastics.

We hope you will join us for the Advances in Sustainable Plastic Degradation session and look forward to discussing this important and timely topic with you in person!

This session will take place at the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference/ 9th International Conference on Green & Sustainable Chemistry on Wednesday, June 12 from 9:45 AM to 11:35 AM at the Regency A, Hyatt Regency Reston, VA.

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9:00 AM09:00

STEM Mentoring Cafe

The STEM Mentoring Cafe is an event that provides an opportunity for high school and home learning students to meet with STEM professionals from many fields. At past events we’ve had representatives from, for example, TRIUMF, Life Sciences BC, 1QBit, UBC, and SFU. Fields represented include molecular biology, physics, computer sciences, mathematics, engineering, zoology, and more.

Combined, the STEM Mentoring Cafe has introduced over 75 STEM mentors to nearly 300 students. OSN has hosted the following STEM Mentoring Cafe events.


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