IES Seminar Series


The IES holds seminars throughout the academic year. Seminar presentations feature Institute research projects, movie screenings, or spotlight a contemporary environmental topic where researchers or external guests are invited to present. Everyone is welcome to attend; all seminars are free unless otherwise posted.
Check out two of our upcoming seminars!

 While an estimated 2 billion people eat bugs worldwide, it's still not an accepted food in the west. With the population projected to surpass 9 billion by 2050, the time to consider alternate proteins is now. Bugs on the Menu follows startup companies, such as Entomo Farms, as well as Salt Lake City's Shark Tank-winning Chapul, Boston's female-led insect chip company Six Foods, Austin's Hult Prize-winning Aspire Food Group, Vancouver's famed Indian restaurant Vij's, and Seattle's celebrity cook, The Bug Chef. These and other restaurateurs, cricket farmers, scholars, and scientists are part of a movement to normalize insect eating in the west, as an alternative to accepted, but resource intensive proteins like chicken, pork, and beef.



IES_jumbowildJumbo Wild (Now on Netflix)
This gripping short documentary film tells a true story of the decades-long battle over the future of British Columbia's iconic Jumbo Valley--highlighting the tension between protection of the backcountry experience and ever-increasing development interests in the wilderness.
A large-scale proposed ski resort threatens the rich wilderness of British Columbia's Purcell Range--a revered backcountry ski and snowboarding destination with world-class terrain, sacred ground for local First Nations people, and part of one of North America's most important grizzly bear corridors. Set against a backdrop of incredible backcountry ski and snowboard footage, Jumbo Wild documents all sides of a divisive issue bringing the passionate local fight, to protect the Jumbo Valley, to life for the first time.
Presentation of An Inclusive Community Garden Project by Dr. Sonya Jakubec, Dr. Joanna Szabo Hart and Dr. Sonya Flessati.

What happens when a students’ association, campus physical structures/security department, committed faculty across disciplines and community health nursing students meet up with a horticultural therapist and group of local seniors, people of all abilities and daycare kids? In this place, we all become gardeners. In this presentation about MRU's inclusive community gardening program, the experiences and outcomes of two growing seasons and two research projects are shared with stories, images, garden puns - and maybe a few delicious recipes. Meet with us, along with presenters and gardeners who will share their research process and discoveries concerned with individual and community well being, as well as teaching and learning about ecohealth principles of sustainability and social justice in practice. “The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature half way” ~ Michael Pollan.