2018-19 Election Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in the GSS Elections

Meet the leadership team who will be joining the society for 2018-19


Eat Well to Live Well Off Campus

How does diet affect your physical and mental health?

Find out at this special event at BC Children’s Hospital hosted by the GSS and the Graduate Wellness Team. It’s a whole evening dedicated to delicious food, making new friends, and learning how nutrition can affect your wellbeing.

Register here

GSS Family Event at Acadia Park

The GSS is bringing the zoo to you on April 7th. Join us for a morning of family fun

Spend time at the petting zoo or enjoy an ice-cream with your family


GSS Takes on Curling

Get your slide on…

Come learn one of the most popular sports in Canada: curling! We’ll have private instructors, exclusively for UBC graduate students, to teach you to sweep your way to success.



PLAN 548Z – Food Systems Policy, People and Planet


Below is some text provided by the course instructor. Could you please circulate the information  below to students and faculty, where appropriate?  

Food System Policy, People and Planet

PLAN 548Z | May 3 thru June 14

Credit hours (2)



Advancing food systems planning and policy is an essential tool for achieving sustainable development at local and global levels. This course is open to UBC students interested in exploring how ecology, agriculture, community engagement, and sustainability interact with practical food system plans and policies.  While the field of food systems planning is quickly emerging as an important urban and regional specialization, the field is still in its infancy. This  class will provide basic understanding of the various policies and programs related to food system organization across multiple levels of government. Classes will take place at UBC Botanical Garden where students will explore how understanding local food systems from the ground up can provide foundational knowledge for global change. Class time will be spent both in and out doors where natural systems will guide and shape our learning.  

Dr. Tara Moreau is the Associate Director of Sustainability and Community Programs at UBC Botanical Garden. Tara has over 15 years of experience working to advance local and global food systems. She is a long-standing member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council and has been a board member at SPEC a Vancouver-based environmental NGO for over 10 years.

She has worked internationally as a consultant with the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization and her publications, presentations and educational programs relate to climate change, food systems, sustainability education, agriculture, biodiversity, pest management and food policy.  Tara holds a PhD in Plant Science from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (UBC, 2010), an MSc in Agriculture (Dalhousie University, 2004) and a BSc in Biology & Environmental Science (Bishops University, 2000). She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions where she evaluated BC’s climate change and agriculture policies.   

See the following page for a full course description:  

Detailed description of course time meeting time and dates is available on the SCARP Courses Page. Class held in the UBC Botanical Garden Pavilion.  

Kind regards,


Laura Keith | Graduate Administrator

School of Community & Regional Planning

#433 – 6333 Memorial Road

Vancouver, BC   V6T 1Z2


Faculty position at the University of Memphis


The University of Memphis has an opening for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Nutrition. I would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this to graduate students or postdocs in your program who might be interested in this position.

Details and instructions for applications are in the link at the end of this message or can be found on the WorkForUM site ( posting number FAECC757. We offer a low teaching load, and the School of Health Studies features a state-of-the-art molecular biology laboratory with an 8-color flow cytometer, an RT-qPCR system, a Seahorse extracellular flux analyzer, a clinical chemistry system, and equipment for fluorescence microscopy, western blotting, ELISA, cell culture, etc. Interested individuals are also welcome to contact the SCC (Brandt Pence, for more information.

Details and Applications:

Thank you.

Brandt D. Pence, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nutrition, School of Health Studies

The University of Memphis 
304 Elma Roane Fieldhouse
Memphis, TN 38152 

901.678.3407 |

MFRE Seminar – Agriculture and Climate Change


March 29: Agriculture and Climate Change with Harmony Bjarnason (MFRE’15, BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative – Kelowna)
6:45pm, ORCH 1001 

Harmony works with the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative on the Regional Adaptation Strategies program – a regional approach to evaluating the agriculture sector’s risks and opportunities in relation to climate change. She develops and delivers projects to support adaptation and build sector resilience in farming communities in BC. She also operates a small hops farm in Kelowna.


Presentation: Enhancing Agriculture’s Ability to Adapt to Climate Change

How will climate change affect agricultural operations in the Province of BC (this presentation will focus on the Fraser Valley, Delta and the Okanagan) and what do we need to do today to ensure the sector remains resilient in the coming decades? Priorities and strategies for the agriculture sector’s adaptation to hotter and drier summer conditions, extreme precipitation events, increased pest and disease pressure and increased wildfire risk will be outlined with a discussion of planning and projects (completed or underway) to address these challenges, both at the regional and farm scale.


All are invited! 

Gabrielle Menard  MFRE
Academic Coordinator, Graduating Projects Manager
Land and Food Systems | Master of Food and Resource Economics
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
348A-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Cell 604 764 0305

REMINDER: Call for Abstracts: 9th International Agriculture Symposium “AGROSYM 2018”


Call for Abstracts: 9th International Agriculture Symposium “AGROSYM 2018” – Deadline: April 20th, 2018
Jahorina, 4-7 October 2018, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture (Bosnia and Herzegovina), University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture (Serbia) and CIHEAM-Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAMB, Italy), in collaboration with 25 Research and Academia Institutions organize the 9th International Agriculture Symposium “AGROSYM 2018”, that will be held in Jahorina mountain (near Sarajevo) aton 4-7 October 2018.

Agrosym 2018 will deal with seven thematic areas: (1) Plant Production (2) Plant Protection and Food Safety (3) Organic Agriculture (4) Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Management (5) Animal Husbandry (6) Rural Development and Agro-Economy (7) Forestry and Agro-Forestry.

The 9thedition of the Symposium will take place in the magnificent Termag Hotel, situated in Jahorina mountain, near Sarajevo.

In 2017, during the four-day of 8th Agrosym edition (5-8 October 2017), we welcomed people from 85 countries to the event, and over 1300 papers were presented to more than 1200 participants.

You are kindly invited to participate and take advantage of the opportunity to present your unpublished scientific papers. The official Symposium language is English. The deadline for Registration and Abstract submission is 20 April 2018.

The Scientific Committee of AGROSYM 2018 will provide the Award of Excellent Paper for oral presentations and Award of Excellent Poster for poster presentations. Certificate and gift will be given away.

Please share this Call for Abstracts with your colleagues and friends who may be interested.

Symposium official website at:

For further information please feel free to contact:

Dr. Sinisa Berjan email:  University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture, or
Dr. Noureddin Driouech: CIHEAM-Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari-Italy.