Civic Governance Dinner and Keynote with Paula Daniels – April 4th


Join us Friday, April 4th for a Dinner & Keynote with Paula Daniels:

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Growing Local Economies, Feeding Local Communities
Friday evening Dinner and Keynote with Paula Daniels
April 4th, 2014 at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver

PAULA DANIELS is Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Los Angeles, on Food Policy and Special Projects in Water. She is the founder and full-time Chair of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.


Find out more about the full conference, April 4th – 5th, at:

ACS on Campus 2014 at UBC


ACS on Campus, an outreach program of the American Chemical Society, is dedicated to helping students, post-docs, and faculty advance your careers. The program brings leaders in chemistry, publishing, research, science communication and career development to university campuses to present seminars and workshops. ACS on Campus is a great opportunity to network, build skills and learn tips and strategies to help you advance in your career.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jillian M. Buriak, Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry of Materials and Dr. Jin Z. Zhang, Senior Editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry will be talking about the scholarly publishing process.

Times and Locations
ACS on Campus
April 3, 2014 9:00AM – 3:30PM
Graduate Student Society Ballroom
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Science Cafe / Mahony & Sons, 5990 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC
April 2, 2014 6:00PM – 8:00PM
This is a networking event including a panel discussion on alternative careers in science.
Free food will be provided.

Registration: Register at

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You’re Invited! UBC’s 3-Minute-Thesis Competition Semi-Final and Final Rounds


All around the Vancouver Campus UBC’s fourth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition has kicked off with a flurry of outstanding presentations as graduate students challenge themselves and each other to inform us about their research in just three minutes.

This year more than 80 graduate students have taken on the challenge to participate, have honed their public speaking skills, and competed in faculty & department organized heats over 4 weeks of competition. Next week’s semi-­-final and final rounds promises to be a wonderful showcase of graduate student research where heat winners will show us how it should be done, clearly and powerfully articulating their research into a 3-­- minute oration to a general audience.

This opportunity to reach a global audience is bigger than ever. UBC’s first place finisher will advance to a regional completion hosted in May at the University of Calgary. Top finishers from that competition will go on to contend for national honours in a virtual completion sponsored by the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS).

Join us in the audience for the semi-­-final and final rounds and experience the student’s passion for their work and their ability to share its purpose and direction with clarity and passion.

Tuesday March 11, 2014

  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM (semi-­-final 1) — Isabelle Lacroix, a PhD student in our Food Science graduate program, will be presenting as the 10th speaker in the 3MT Semi-Final 1st session. Please come out to the Graduate Student Centre Ballroom and support Isabelle!
  • 3:00 – 4:30 PM (semi-­-final 2)

Top finishers will advance to the Final Round
Thursday March 13, 2014
4:30 – 6:00 PM (Final)

All events take place in the Graduate Student Centre Ballroom, Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road

All members of the UBC community and general public are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. Please arrive early as latecomers will not be seated while the presentations are in progress.

FNH Graduate Seminar: Rebecca Robertson (Food Science)


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • 3:30 p.m. Pre-seminar Social in FNH Atrium
  • 4:10 p.m. Graduate Seminar presentation in FNH 60

SPEAKER:  Rebecca Robertson, Food Science
SUPERVISOR:  Dr. David Kitts
FULL SEMINAR TOPIC:  Follow the money: Anticipating economically motivated adulteration of food ingredients.

Chairperson:  Stephanie Nadya
Assigned question-askers:  Abrar Turki and Chloe Chen

*Please check the FNH Graduate Seminar Series webpage for general information and for full schedule.

Planning For Farmland Access In British Columbia: Sustaining An Actively Farmed Agricultural Land Base For Food Security

Small Farm In Abbottsford BC

(Photo: Ben Lyon, Flickr Creative Commons)

What: Webinar and In-Person Presentation and Discussion
 March 19, 2014
 9:00am – 10:30am (presentation from 9:00 – 9:45, discussion from 9:45 – 10:30)
 MCML 350, UBC Vancouver Campus or Remotely via Webinar (details below)

Join Dr. Hannah Wittman and J. Dennis for a presentation of their research findings on farmland demand and mechanisms of farmland access in British Columbia. The presentation will include results from a survey of prospective and beginning farmers focusing on land access and opportunities and challenges faced by beginning farmers. We will also present findings from interview and community-based research on alternative models and mechanisms of farmland tenure and access. We will identify and discuss policy needs for further operationalizing alternative models of land tenure and access for farmland protection and to support the successful establishment of farmers on the land.

Dr. Hannah Wittman is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. Dr. Wittman’s research focuses on agrarian reform, citizenship and food sovereignty in rural Brazil and local food systems, farmland protection initiatives, farmers’ markets and community-based farming in British Columbia.

J. Dennis holds a B.Sc. in Agroecology and is currently an MSc. Candidate in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. Dennis’ thesis research is focused on farmland conservation, tenure and access in British Columbia.

This research has been made possible with support from the Centre For Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm and funding from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.

Please RSVP to and let us know if you will join the presentation in person or by webinar.


Attend In-person Presentation at UBC Vancouver

Macmillan Building, Room 350
2357 Main Mall V6T 1Z4
Click here to view location on campus map
*Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided


Attend Webinar Presentation Remotely (web or phone)

Join Webinar Online: Click Here to Join Webinar Online
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To dial in:
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