We’re running a new weekly lecture series this term to explore different disciplinary perspectives on climate change, entitled “Collaborative Challenges for the Climate Change Research Community“, sponsored by the department of Computer Science and the Centre for Environment. Our aim is to use this as an exploration of the range of research related to climate change across the University of Toronto, and to inspire new collaborations. A central theme of the series is the role of computational climate models: how researchers share models, verify models, create models, and share results. But we also want to explore beyond models, so we’ll be looking at ethics, policy, education, and community-based responses to climate change.
The lectures will be on Monday afternoons, at 3pm, starting on January 16th, in the Bahen Centre, 40 St George Street, Toronto, room BA1220. The lectures are public and free to attend.
The first four speakers have been announced (I’ll be giving the opening talk):
- Jan 16th: Computing the Climate: the Evolution of Climate Models – Steve Easterbrook, Dept of Computer Science
- Jan 23rd: Building Community Resilience: A Viable Response to Climate Change and Other Emerging Challenges to Health Equity? – Blake Poland, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
- Jan 30th: Constraining fast and slow climate feedbacks with computer models – Danny Harvey, Dept of Geography
- Feb 6th: Urban GHG Modelling Using Agent-Based Microsimulation – Eric Miller, Dept of Civil Engineering & Cities Centre
For more details, see the C4RC website.
Now that I’m back in Toronto, my calendar’s filling up already. Here’s a bunch of upcoming seminars on campus that I hope to get to:
- January 28, 2011 3:30pm; EHJIC Seminar:
Randolph Haluza-DeLay, Kings College University Edmonton, “Post-Carbon Imaginaries in an Oil Sands Hegemony” (Health Sciences Building, 155 College, room 108)
- February 2nd, 2011 4pm; Centre for Environment Eric Krause Memorial Lecture:
David Miller (ex-Mayor of Toronto) “Cities Leading the Way – In Canada and Around the World“ (The Faculty Club, Main Lounge, 41 Willcocks Street)
- February 2nd, 2011 5pm; EHJIC Seminar:
Tom Keefer from York University, “The Political Economy of Themodynamics: Peak Oil, Capitalism, and Climate Change” (155 College, room 106)
- February 8th, 2011, 3.30pm, Centre for Global Change Science Distinguished lecture:
Maureen Raymo, Boston University “Carbon Dioxide, Sea Level, and Milankovitch: Making Sense of the Ice Ages” (Bahen Centre, 40 St. George St., Rm 1170)
- February 9th 2011, 4pm; Centre for Environment Seminar:
Peter Victor, York University “Managing without Growth. Slower by Design, not Disaster” (Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Room 1072)
- February 16th 2011 4pm; Centre for Environment Robert Hunter Memorial Lecture:
Lauryn Dranie, Climate Action Network Canada, “Public Apathy, Funded Denial & Political Cowardice: What’s a climate activist to do?“. (The Faculty Club, 2nd Floor, 41 Willcocks Street)
- February 16th, 2011 5pm; EHJIC Seminar:
Liz Benneian from Oakvillegreen, “Organizing to Win: Social Change Through Citizen Ecological Activism” (Health Sciences Building, 155 College, room 106)
- March 15th, 2011, 3.30pm, Centre for Global Change Science Distinguished lecture:
Johannes Lehmann, Cornell University, “Biochar Systems for Climate Change Mitigation” (Bahen Centre, 40 St. George St., Rm 1170)
- March 16th, 2011 4pm, Centre for Environment Memorial Lecture:
Joanna Dafoe, Adopt a Negotiator, “Post 2012 Climate Politics: What the UN and Canadian Electorate have in Common” (The Faculty Club, 2nd Floor, 41 Willcocks Street)
- March 30th, 2011 4pm; Centre for Environment Seminar:
Steven Bernstein, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, “New Directions or No Direction? Climate Change and Global Risk Governance following Cancun” (Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Room 1072)
Phew, that’ll keep me busy. For more details on the various seminar series see the CGCS seminar schedule, the Centre for Environment seminar schedule and the EHJIC seminar schedule.
Here’s a whole set of things I can’t make it to. The great thing about being on sabbatical is the ability to travel, visit different labs, and so on. The downside is that there are far more interesting places and events than I can possibly make it to, and many of them clash. Here’s some I won’t be able to make it to this fall:
- Toronto, Sept 15, 2010: Dr James Hansen, of NASA GISS, will be giving a talk in Toronto entitled “Climate Reality”. It will be followed by a discussion with Naomi Klein and Clayton Thomas-Muller, and it kicks off the Centre for Global Change Science’s annual speaker series. Event details: Sept 15, 5:30pm, MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Bldg (North), 80 Queen’s Park. Free admission. Poster!
- Paris, Sept 20-21, 2010: Workshop on “Climate change controversies in the media: Sociological insights“, Maison des Sciences de la communication du CNRS, 20 rue Berbier-du-Mets, 750013 Paris. (actually, I might be able to make it to this one…)
- Toronto, Sept 22-25, 2010: The Green Building Festival 2010. Location: Direct Energy Centre – Exhibition Place. Toronto. Darn – I missed it last year, and I’ll miss it again this year.
- Toulouse, Dec 15, 2010: Workshop on “Coupling Technologies for Earth System Modelling : Today and Tomorrow“, to be held at CERFACS, in Toulouse, France, Dec 15th to 17th 2010. This is right up my street, but it clashes with the AGU meeting.
Busy few days coming up in Toronto, around the celebration of Earth day tomorrow:
- tonight, the Green Party is hosting an evening with Gwynne Dyer and Elizabeth May entitled “Finding Hope: Confronting Climate Wars“. Gwynne is, of course, the author of the excellent book Climate Wars, also available as a series of podcasts from the CBC;
- tomorrow (April 22) the Centre for Environment has its Research Day, showcasing some of the research of the centre;
- all week, the Centre for Global Change science is hosting Ray Pierrehumbert giving a lecture series “New Worlds, New Climates“. Tomorrow’s (April 22) looks particularly interesting: “Climate Ethics, Climate Justice”;
- next Tuesday (April 27), the Centre for Ethics is running a public issues forum on “Climate Change and the Ethics of Responsibility“;
I won’t make it to all of these, but will blog those that I do make. Seems like ethics of climate change is a theme, which I think is very timely.