SFU Climate and Energy Research Day: Exploring climate, water and energy nexus

The biennial SFU Climate and Energy Research Day will take place on April 27, 2017 at the SFU Burnaby Campus.  The event is hosted by the SFU’s Office of the Vice-President, Research and International, Faculties of Arts and Social Science, Environment, Health Sciences, Interactive Arts and Technology, and Science, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, SFU Climate Futures Initiative, Climate Change Impacts Consortium and the Pacific Water Research Centre.

The 2017 Research Day is focused on the climate, water and energy nexus.  Our goal is to find new research synergies across the university by challenging current research teams in these three areas to work across their disciplinary boundaries and envision projects that span at least two points of this nexus.

The day will provide an opportunity for SFU scholars with interest in energy, water and/or climate change research to engage with other scholars at SFU.


1)     Provide a forum for sharing research interests especially successful examples of interdisciplinary projects,

2)     Enable researchers engaged in non ‐ traditional climate and energy work to see how they could contribute to Climate, Water and Energy nexus projects and

3)     Review our current organizational components for climate and energy research at SFU and lay out strategy to achieve the synergistic, collaborative milieu we seek.

4)  Explore specific topics for potential interdisciplinary project development

The day will comprise:    

  • Opening remarks, Joy Johnson, VP Research and International
  • Keynote speakers: Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change; Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver; Stephanie Smith, BC Hydro.
  • Panel session with Stephanie Smith (BC Hydro), Andrea Reimer (City of Vancouver), Anil Hira (Political Science), Diana Allen (Earth Sciences), and Jonn Axsen (Resource and Environmental Management). Moderated by Zafar Adeel (Pacific Water Research Centre)
  • Poster and research sessions to compete for $1,000 dollars (best reconstructed poster) and $ 5,000 dollars (best research proposal).
  • Plenary and reception
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Poster Session - Call for Abstracts - Deadline extended to April 18, 2017.

Research Ideas - Call for Concept Note - Deadline April 18, 2017

Sponsors: VP Research and International Office, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Faculty of Environment, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.


Past Research Day 2015

Highlights of the day

April 14, 2015

The SFU Climate and Energy Research Day,  hosted by the SFU’s Office of the Vice-President, Research, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, provided an opportunity for SFU scholars with interest in energy and/or climate change research to engage with other scholars at SFU and share their research with the broader community .

The areas of interest SFU researchers are involved include climate science, climate change impacts on ecosystems and human health, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, climate policy, sustainable energy systems, alternative energy technology, sustainable living among others.

Recordings of the event:

The day was comprised of 

  • Plenary Talk “Integrating Research from Natural to Social Science: The 2 degree target ”– Mark Jaccard
  • En’lightening talks (5-min. presentations) – SFU faculty
  • Panel sessions Interdisciplinary Climate and Energy Research at SFU, Steps Forward for SFU Climate and Energy Research
  • Poster session (29 posters from across SFU Departments)
  • Among the speakers: Dr. Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research, Norbert Haunerland, Associate Vice-President,Research, Ingrid Stefanovic, Dean Faculty of Environment

Please follow this link for the Abstract Book.

 “Integrating Research from Natural to Social Science: The 2 degree target ”–  A plenary talk with Dr. Mark Jaccard

Understanding and acting upon the threat of human-caused climate change requires the integration of research from the natural and social sciences. This talk looks at the rationale for the target of limiting global warming to 2 οC above pre-industrial levels, and then at how natural science researchers establish carbon budgets and how social science researchers use these to design climate policies and estimate their effects on energy markets and individual fossil fuel investments. Link to the Recording

Dr. Mark Jaccard is a professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU. He is known for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Global Energy Assessment, and has advised governments worldwide.

As part of the day, the 3rd Climate Change research poster competition - Climate and Energy Research Poster Competition - took place ". Twenty nine graduate students from different disciplines had the opportunity to share their research with the attendees.  Two $500 prizes were awarded for the best posters to Teresa Rosales-Ramirez, a PhD student working with Diana Allen on “Risk and resilience in the shale gas context: a nexus perspective” and to Joseph Bailey a PhD with Jonn Axsen, with his research on “Intermittency issues for renewables in BC: Investigating solutions from the supply and demand perspectives”. 

To learn more about the students and their research click here