Virtual Seminar Series
We are excited to announce that we will be launching a new online seminar series for 2021 focusing on short talks and informal discussions with high profile/preeminent leaders who study urban environments. The decision to launch an online seminar series was voted on at the CUE Annual Meeting in December 2020. The topic will be: “The future of urban environments”, and the hope is to have preeminent scholars, politicians, engineers, tech experts, business leaders, philanthropists, etc., provide their vision of what urban environments can, should or will look like in the future. The format is flexible, but we want to emphasize thoughtful and engaging discussion, so short talks, panels, fireside chats are what we are aiming for, as opposed to full length seminars.
We are looking for one speaker or panel (max 3 people) per month. Please note, anyone (students, post-docs, staff, faculty, community partners) from any campus can nominate a speaker. Suggestions will be taken on a rolling basis, but for now, please kindly send your nominations and ideas by Friday, January 22, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org. An honorarium will be offered to speakers and panel members.
Title: Our Planet, Our Health - Ecosystem approaches to forecasting zoonotic diseases
Date: Jan. 22, 2021
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: Virtual seminar (https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/97103326300)
CUE Faculty Host: Prof. John Ratcliffe
Speaker: Prof. Kate Jones, Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity at University College London and Director of the Nature-Smart Centre in the Institute of Future Living
Today we live longer and more prosperous lives than ever before, as a species we have made huge advances to create conditions for better health for billions of people, however this progress is taking a heavy toll on the planet's natural systems. I will explore the links and interdependencies between our health and the health of our planet with particular reference to understanding how rapid global environmental change impacts the emergence and spread of high impact infectious diseases like Ebola or Covid. I will discuss how recent advances in the resolution and coverage of remote-sensing satellite data and cutting-edge machine-learning algorithms open up the possibilities of developing global early warning systems to prevent and manage future epidemics.
Professor Kate Jones’ research investigates the interface of ecological and human health, using statistical and mathematical modelling to understand the impact of global land use and climate change on ecological and human systems, with a particular focus on emerging infectious diseases from animals (ike Ebola, SARS, Covid-19). Kate’s research also develops applied artificial intelligence tools for monitoring ecological health, particularly for monitoring ecosystems acoustically. Kate has led the development of novel global citizen science programs with the Bat Conservation Trust involving thousands of volunteers all over the world to monitor bat populations, collaborating extensively with national conservation NGOs and governments.