Workshop/Symposium Grant

 

                                                    Workshop/Symposium Grant

The Centre for Urban Environments (CUE) is working to make urban environments healthier and more sustainable for all life. Key to achieving this vision is the mobilization of knowledge across fields, disciplines, and sectors. Our members work closely with businesses, non-government organizations, and policymakers to translate their high-level scholarship into transformative recommendations. This scholarship is frequently the product of collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries, orientated around a shared concern for our cities, environments, and planet.

To facilitate this communication among disparate groups, CUE provides annual funds for faculty, post-docs, and students to hold workshops, symposia and seminars in any discipline related to urban environments at University of Toronto. These symposia and seminars serve as a supplement to CUE’s ongoing Seminar Series, the details of which can be found here. Any current CUE member is eligible to apply, with special attention paid to proposals that aim to bridge the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

This year’s deadline for applications is January 15, 2020. Those interested are encouraged to consult our list of past workshops and symposia.

Past Workshops and Symposia

2017

Symposium title: The Past, Present, and Future of our Urban Environment

Date: December 5, 2017

Description: To celebrate the launch of the Centre for Urban Environments, this one-day symposium brought together academics, students, politicians, policy members, conservation organizations, private industry, and members of the public around a shared concern for the future of our urban environment. The day consisted of a keynote address, three plenary speakers, seven short talks, and two panel discussions. Organized by Marc Johnson, Christoph Richter, and Marie-Josée Fortin, this symposium was an opportunity to introduce CUE to the community, build relationships across sectors, and ensure that members of the community feel represented in the vision and mission of the centre. Some highlights of the day include the keynote address by Mayor Bonnie Crombie and plenary talks given by the Deputy Chief of the Mississaugas of Credit First Nation Margaret Sault, President Meric Gertler, and Dr. Steward Pickett.

2019

Symposium Title: Evolution in an Urbanizing World

Date: August 22, 2019

Description: As part of the Joint Congress of Evolutionary Biology in Montpellier, this invited symposium featured eight cutting-edge talks and ten posters. Organized by Anne Charmantier, Adrien Frantz, Julien Gasparini, and Marc Johnson, the symposium examined how urbanization affects the evolution of species in the wild.

Symposium Title: Growing our Green Infrastructure

Date: May 24, 2019

Description: Trees, gardens, and other vegetation can be an unexpected remedy for cities currently dealing with ecological, environmental, and health problems. This one-day symposium brought together academics, government, conservation organizations, city officials, and industry to discuss and learn the best practices in green infrastructure. The goal of the symposium was to envision the unique ways in which greenery may play an important role in building more sustainable cities. The Centre for Urban Environments was a co-sponsor of this event and provided administrative support.

Symposium Title: French American Climate Talks on Biodiversity (FACTB)

Date: June 20, 2019

Description: An affiliated event of the G20 Summit in France, this panel discussion was a collaboration between the French embassy, the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Centre for Urban Environments. Organized by Stephen Wright and Asher Cutter, this event asked a simple question regarding biodiversity in urban spaces: currently threated by development and climate change, is there hope for urban biodiversity in the 21st century? Seven leading voices offered their perspectives, bringing together a unique blend of current scholarship, front-line observations, and personal experience. Speakers included Dr. Stephen Wright (Canada Research Chair in Populations Genomics), Mr. Marc Trouyet (Consul General of France in Toronto), Dr. Dan Riskin (host of the Discovery Channel Program ‘Daily Planet’), Dr. Chelsea Rochman (Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto), Mrs. Deborah Martin-Downs (CAO of the Credit Valley Conservation Authority), Mr. Cyrille Barnerias (Head of European and International Affairs, French Biodiversity Agency), and Dr. Thierry Boulinier (CNRS Research Director).

Symposium Title: Meltdown – a climate change summit

Date: September 24, 2019

As part of the week-long Global Climate Strike, the Meltdown summit presented information, perspectives, and action plans from leading environmental voices to help combat climate change. The event included panel discussions focused on the impact of climate change on health, the economy, ecology, and society, as well as a keynote address from Dr. Diane Saxe, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. Further information on the summit can be found here.

CUE also hosts a series of public seminars that provides a bridge between the university and the public. Further information on this seminar series can be found at https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/cue/events