Friday, 8 April 2011


From: Rachel Hirsch []

On behalf of York University's Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS:, I would like to invite proposals for presentations from researchers in the Canadian North and South (especially students/youth) to be part of our application to host a COP 17 Side Event. Do you want to come to South Africa in November 2011? If so, read on...

What Topic?

The main objectives of the workshop/side event would be to provide researchers from the Canadian North/South (especially students/youth) a chance to share their experiences and understanding of climate change whether in their daily lives or through their research. We are focusing on climate change and health research; however, the goal is to 'share experiences' broadly related to the impacts people are facing everyday. The world will be your audience!

Why York University?

York University currently has observer status for COP 17 (Durban, South Africa - Nov 2011) and we would like to send a delegation of students from York and from across the Arctic. IRIS representatives have attended both COP15 (Copenhagen, Denmark) and COP16 (Cancun, Mexico). Delegates' previous experiences and involvement have included: presentations at Klimaforum, COP Side Events and other academic seminars;  published media and journal articles; and, the formation of international research partnerships.

What About the Cost?

Rachel Hirsch is preparing a proposal to send to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to request money to host a workshop as a side event at the COP 17 meeting. The main theme of the proposed workshop will be: "'Our Actions Have Consequences': Student Perspectives on Climate Change and Health from the North."


We are very excited that, as part of our proposals to SSHRC and for a COP Side Event, we have been granted permission to include a screening of the film "Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change" co-directed by acclaimed Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk and Dr. Ian Mauro.
For more information about the film please see this link:
The Process

Our timeline for securing funding and then to submit a full side event application will be:

1. April 25: Deadline to send title/abstract (150 words) to Rachel Hirsch ( indicating interest in presenting at the proposed workshop/side event
2. May 2: Final deadline for application to SSHRC for workshop funding
3. August 16-19: Application window for COP 17 side-events

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.


Rachel Hirsch, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Faculty of Environmental Studies
HNES 276, York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3
Mobile: 647-385-1811
Office: 416 736 2100 ex. 20147
Fax: 416-736-5679

Executive Board Member of IRIS, York University

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