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SFU co-hosts mass youth dialogue

December 11, 2008

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On Dec. 10, SFU co-hosted an online mass dialogue with youth delegates attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland.

Advanced teleconferencing technology in SFU’s Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (IRMACS) let Burnaby campus attendees see and communicate with their peers worldwide.

“It was incredibly empowering to talk to youth at the conference and ask questions,” says organizer Amber Church, a graduate student in Earth Sciences who is also a climate change action facilitator for the B.C. Ministry of the Environment.

While the number of attendees was small, due to exam week, she says those who attended left with a sense of motivation.

“It’s the first time this has been done online,” she says. “We were communicating with youth from around the world, including Taiwan, Malaysia, Belarusse, Canada and the U.K.”

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