Canadian Farm Writers Federation conference New West next week


The BC Farm Writers Assn is offering free sponsorships for students interested in farm writing for the Canadian Farm Writers Federation conference next week in New Westminster .  There are tours, and a professional development day on Sat Sept 28 with a mental health component in the morning and a session on the rural-urban divide in the afternoon, speakers include Harold Steves who was one of the originators of the ALR, Kim Grout CEO of ALC, Chris Zabek BCMAg on Right to Farm, Nova Woodbury of BC Assn of Abattoirs.

A great opportunity. I am a farm writer, but never thought of being one when I was a student at UBC.

I am on a conference call right now and no students have applied yet. UBC showed no interest. Sponsorship money is available for this but will be returned if no students attend.

I hope you can help us out and tap some students on the shoulder about it.

Best regards

Barbara Johnstone, P. Ag. (UBC Aggie 1977-1981)




Melanie Kuxdorf (She, Her, Hers)

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm
The University of British Columbia | Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory
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Climate Solutions Showcase Promo


The Climate Solutions Showcase aims to feature UBC students, researchers and staff, and external partners who are working on climate solutions to present their climate-related research and projects. We hope to engage with new audiences, brainstorm opportunities for knowledge mobilization, establish connections and opportunities for collaboration, and foster a sense of agency amongst youth. Given the urgency of climate action in the context of the upcoming elections, the theme of the Showcase will be “Climate Solutions and Civic Engagement”. We will have an exciting keynote speaker, a lunchtime boothing fair where climate organizations can present their work, engaging panel discussions, an interactive room with climate art, and an evening social. The event is free!


Here is the link to our Facebook event our Eventbrite link. I’ve also attached our final schedule and some images for your convenience.

Thank you so much!

Adriana Laurent Seibt

Academic Engagement Lead

UBC Climate Hub | UBC Sustainability Initiative

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver, Traditional, Unceded Territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Musqueam People

2260 West Mall | Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4

Workshop promotion


A workshop on  “Meta-analysis as a tool in literature review” will be given later in this term by Dr. Marcin Baranski of the  University of Life Sciences, Warsaw.
Dr. Baranski (  has several publications focused on meta-analyses and is currently involved in the following two projects:

  • Ekhagastiftelsen project 2018-1: Promoting human health and well-being by maintaining matrix related organic food qualities from field to fork.
  • Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2018-1-PL01-KA203-051124: Transformation of European Food Systems towards Sustainability by Transnational, Innovative Teaching (TEFSI).

Please review the workshop details at

If you are interested in attending, complete the 4  sruvey questions, indicating  the dates that you would be available and your contact information.  Your response is needed by Oct 1, 2019.  

If you have further questions, please email

 Christine Scaman  PhD

Associate Professor, Food, Nutrition and Health

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory

Room 247, 2205 East Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada

Phone 604 822 1804 | Fax 604 822 5143

Message to students re: climate strike


Climate Strike 

Many of our students are interested in joining the global climate strike events next Friday, Sept. 27.

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems strongly believes that these grassroots actions are making a striking impact in raising awareness of the climate crisis. As we see an acceleration of climate-related issues happening around the world, I believe this is the most compelling issue of our time that our faculty must help to address.

For students interested in participating in the climate strike, at events on-campus or off-campus, please remember to make arrangements with your instructors in advance to review how to make up lost time.

Each individual course instructor may decide whether to keep their classes on Sept. 27 or cancel them to allow their students to participate in the strike. Instructors look at many factors when deciding if they have the flexibility to cancel classes.

The University encourages all students and instructors to review and follow UBC ’s policy on academic concessions:

We are committed to providing leadership on critical global issues around climate change and its relationship to human health and a sustainable food supply. Thus, I am proud to see the major steps we have taken in these areas through our research, and through the activities of our engaged student body.


Rickey Yada

Call for Applications: IODE War Memorial Scholarships


Doctoral students

Call for Applications: IODE War Memorial Scholarships

The IODE War Memorial Scholarships support PhD scholars whose research makes important contributions to Canada and the world. Up to three scholarships of $15,000 for study in Canada or for study within the Commonwealth will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants are judged on academic attainments and promise as well as personal character and career goals.

Eligibility: Applicants must be Canadian citizens, hold a first degree from a Canadian university, and be enrolled in at least the second year of their doctoral program.


  • Letter of Intent by 01 October 2019
  • Complete application by 01 November 2019

Application Procedures: Applicants must apply to IODE directly.  Please submit all correspondence and supporting documents on or before the specified deadline dates to the IODE War Memorial Officer. For current application forms and instructions, please visit: