Grad Student Social – Wednesday, October 21!


Greetings, LFS Grad Students –

Oct 21 2015 Welcome Back Social PosterWelcome, new students, and welcome back to campus, old friends! To kick start the new school year, the LFS Graduate Student Council is hosting a SOCIAL on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21! Come out and enjoy FREE snacks and appetizers while meeting new people and catching up with old friends!

Wednesday, October 21
Penthouse, Thea Koerner’s House, UBC
5:30 – 9pm
Please RSVP to by Monday, October 19 @ 5pm so we order enough food!

(download the attached poster)

Beer will be for sale for $3/bottle, so don’t forget your loonies and toonies!

We look forward to seeing you there!
Your LFS Grad Council!

Faculty of Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Council

Free for first 20 LFS graduate students who RSVP!!


Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 20 to take advantage of this offer.

Once again, the LFS Grad Office is happy to be able to offer free admission to the first 20 graduate students who RSVP.

To reserve your spot, please send an email to Shelley at by Tuesday, October 20th.

LFS Research Cafe: Prof. Murray Isman — October 22 (new date)

The next LFS Research Café will be held on Thursday, October 22! Join Professor Murray Isman for a presentation on “What do aromatherapy and insecticides have in common?”

Thursday, October 22 | 12 – 1 PM


2015 Thought for Food Challenge


My name is Hannah and I am an LFS alumni. I wanted to draw your attention to the Thought For Food Challenge, which I think would greatly interest students in Land and Food Systems.

Thought For Food is a movement dedicated to fixing our broken food system through bold, breakthrough solutions. This year, TFF is calling on the best and brightest students from universities around the world to form teams of up to five people to produce unexpected and out-of-the-box solutions to the massive question:  how are we going to feed 9+ billion people by 2050?

Participating students will get access to all-star mentors, build important skills for their resumes and become a part of a global community of friends and supporters… all while having a whole lot of fun.

Student teams compete to win $10,000 to execute on their big ideas, as well as a trip to the Thought For Food Global Summit (check out this recap of the 2015 TFF Summit to get a feel for the incredible spirit and energy of the TFF community).

There is no limit to the number of teams that can join from each university and the competition is open to students at any level (undergrad, grad and post-doc) and from any field of study.

Submissions are due December 1, 2015  – it would be great if you could help spread the word and send some information to encourage your students to take part.  More information can be found on the TFF website and in the Student Information Pack.

Thank you for your time and please let me know if you have any questions at all. I also have personal experience in participating in the challenge in 2014 so I am available for questions from prospective teams.


Hannah Shu
Vancouver #: +1 778 776 2253

Napoli #: +39 389 444 0987 

WANTED! Zero Waste volunteers for Apple Festival


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The annual Apple Festival is coming up October 17 & 18th and we are prepping to sell 45,000 pounds of BC apples.  The event typically attracts about 15,000 people and this will be our second year of working to make the event zero waste. New this year, we have partnered with Dr. Jiaying Zhao to conduct research into different waste signage strategies in order to reduce contamination.

We need volunteers to help us make this happen.  I know that many of you teach classes or work with people that would be interested in the festival and volunteering.

If possible, I would greatly appreciate if you could share this opportunity with your students or networks.


With gratitude,


Dr. Tara Moreau
Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs | UBC Botanical Garden including Nitobe Memorial Garden | Faculty of Science
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver
6804 SW Marine Drive | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604 690 5375 | Fax 604 822 2016 | @ubcgarden | |

Canadian Water Res Association conference Nov 18-19


Hello students in water research,

The abstract submission deadline for the CWRA BC Branch conference on Nov 18-19 for the student and young professional PechaKucha session is coming up soon!

CRWA BC Branch Conference: Floods, Droughts and Everything in Between

November 18 – 19, 2015
Check out the conference website & register:
Student & Young Professional (SYP) PechaKucha Session.

Session: The PechaKucha presentation consists of simply showing 20 slides for 20s each, which is an informal and fun way to share your work/research project with the water resources community!

Deadline: Extended to October 12, 2015,

Submit: Submit a brief summary (i.e. 100 – 200 words) of your research work or project here:

More SYP events at the conference

SYP Speed Networking Session (Nov 18): Meet senior water professionals in a series of brief exchanges to ask questions on a career in water resources.

Pub Night with Water Trivia (Nov 19): A great way to end the conference and extend your connections to new friends and other professionals.

SYP Booth

A place to meet other SYP and get info on the CWRA SYP BC groups


Are you interested in volunteering at the conference? Let us know at

Spread the word

Please distribute widely among your networks and colleagues.

We hope to see you at the conference,

Your CWRA SYP Vancouver group–

Students and Young Professionals

BC Branch

Canadian Water Resources Association