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SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT speaker series


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Monthly, 7:30 – 9:00 PM Free for members, $5 charge at the door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required.
Where: Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Dr. NW

Come for an evening of discovery and discussion in an informal and intimate setting! Each month we will have an interactive presentation from a different presenter.

We are looking for more CALL scientists and environmentalists –CALL members and others– to come forward to stimulate and inspire us with accounts of research pertinent in today’s world! 

Coordinators: Joe Boivin or Tom Jack

2019

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Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 - 9:00 PM

The Microbial World in Arctic Marine Environments: Nature’s First Responders

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Microbial community analysis through DNA sequencing has opened up a new approach to understanding the world around us. This talk will describe field studies in various environments including arctic marine sediments where oil-degrading microbes may be “first responders” in the event of an oil spill.

Speaker: Dr. Rhonda Clark is the Research Project Coordinator for the Geomicrobiology group and Project Manager of the Genome Canada GENICE project at the University of Calgary. In this role she has organized and participated in numerous field trips to exotic locations in Canada’s north.

image courtesy of R. Clark

Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 - 9:00 PM 

Our Green Energy Future

The pace of change and level of innovation and investment in the green energy sector is stunning and will change the way you live, get around and work. 

Solar and wind are now the cheapest new sources of electricity money can buy and this is having a profound effect on the buildings we live and work in and on the vehicles we use for transportation. 

Alberta is a national leader in the development of super energy efficient and affordable net-zero homes and is leading the way to a future where we will all produce our own energy right on our homes and businesses.

David Dodge will discuss cleantech innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, buildings and transportation and discuss how this will affect our homes, jobs and economy in the future.

Speaker: David Dodge is the producer of Green Energy Futures, a series of more than 230 documentaries on clean energy leaders, projects and technologies from across Canada. You can see his documentaries atGreenEnergyFutures.ca and listen to his features weekly on CKUA Radio across Alberta.

David is co-chair of Edmonton’s Energy Transition Advisory Committee that advises City Council on energy efficiency, energy and climate change resilience.

David produced 330 episodes of the award winning EcoFile Radio series on sustainability for CKUA Radio, has published two magazines and was production manager of Lone Pine Publishing.  He has worked as a journalist and a photojournalist. He is very active in the Edmonton community, facilitating green developments.

Tuesday, January 7, 7:30 - 9:00 PM 

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Speaker: Jay Ingram, CM (Order of Canada Member) is a Canadian author, broadcaster and science communicator well known for his past role as the host of the television show Daily Planet, which aired for many years on the Discovery Channel.

image courtesy of J. Ingram

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