Activities

Outreach Activities

  • February 8, 2017: “Too much water or not enough?”
    Organized by the Chair in conjunction with the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, the event will featured guest speakers Dr. Julia Baird, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, and Dr. Blair Feltmate, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo; Intact Centre on Climate Adaption.
  • February 10, 2017: Organization of a discussion group on Women in Science at Brock University for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
  • October 24, 2016: “Water and its importance for Niagara”
    Organized by the Chair in conjunction with the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, this event discussed water and its importance in the Niagara Region. Guest speakers included Karl Dockstader, Niagara College alumni and representatives from Ontario Power Generation.
  • June 9, 2016: “Urban planning”
    Organized by the Chair in conjunction with the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, featuring guest speakers Dr. Pierre Filion, School of Planning, University of Waterloo Jo Flatt, Evergreen Cityworks Brian Dick & Greg Bowie, Region of Niagara.
  • May 17, 2016: “Chimney Swift in Niagara
    Organized by the Chair in conjunction with the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, and in Celebration of UNESCO’s World Bird Migration Day event introduced the public to the special Chimney swift bird. These birds have been sighted not only in downtown St Catharines, including the former Canada Hair Cloth Co. Limited, which is now the Brock University’s Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts but in many parts of Niagara.

March 21 was designated as the World Poetry Day by UNESCO. This contest is an annual event that invites students from Kindergarten to 12, college and university students and all members of the community to write poems on themes related to sustainability.

In the fall of 2017, an e-book was produced with the poems of 2015, 2016, and 2017 to celebrate the accomplishments of community members and their creativity. View the book.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is an international, non-governmental organization that provides the World Heritage Committee with technical evaluations of natural heritage properties and, through its worldwide network of specialists, reports on the state of conservation of listed properties. With more than 1000 members, IUCN was established in 1948 and is located in Gland, Switzerland. The IUCN is considered to be the leading authority on the natural environment, providing scientific research and expertise to governments and civic groups.

Particularly noteworthy is the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, which tracks the most comprehensive and authoritative inventory of Earth’s biological diversity and the risk of extinction of thousands of plant and animal species and subspecies.

Liette Vasseur is vice-chair for North America and Caribbean Region of IUCN’s 14-member steering committee of the Commission for Ecosystem Management. She oversees a portfolio of six of the 30 thematic and specialist groups of this Commission and leads the one on Ecosystem Governance.

Woodlands of Sunset Long-term Care (LTC) Facility is located on Pelham St. in Welland, ON and is managed by the Niagara Region. What makes this LTC facility unique is that adjacent to it there are wetlands and forests on property which are also owned by the Region. In the spring of 2015, the then President of the Family Council, Roman Kruczynski approached ESRC to explore the possibility of a joint initiative with the university and especially the ESRC. This is a perfect example of the collaborative character of the UNESCO Chair, Liette Vasseur where members and non-members of the ESRC, as well as community partners such as the NPCA ( Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority) and Niagara College have come together to create community sustainability.

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Training Activities

  • November 20, 2016: 
    Experimental designs, Institute of Applied Ecology, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou.
  • October 10, 2016: 
    Landscape ecology: An introduction of basic concepts, Institute of Applied Ecology, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou.

Conferences/ meetings

  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Organization of the Commission for Ecosystem Management Workshop called “Governing Ecosystems to sustain development” at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii, September 4, 2016.
  • Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology Conference 2016. Chair. Ottawa, May 3-6, 2016. Read the conference report.
  • Practitioners Advisory Committee for the conference Adaptation Futures 2016, Rotterdam, Netherlands, May 9-13, 2016. Organized by Provia, the European Commission and the Ministry of Environment of the Netherlands (member of the partitionner committee).

Invited speaker

  • Vasseur, L. and H. VanVolkenburg. 2017. How Do Ecosystem Services Help Maintain Ecosystem and Human Health? International workshop for the “111” Program. Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China. March 12, 2017.
  • Vasseur, L. 2017. Climate Change in Canada: What happens when the weather is out of control and ice caps melt? Burlington Third Age Learning (3ALB) group as part of their 11th series of lectures, focusing on Big Questions…Big Ideas…All Over the Map. Burlington Art Centre. March 9, 2017.
  • Vasseur, L. 2017. How Do Ecosystem Services Help Maintain Ecosystem and Human Health? Global Health Forum. Brock University. February 11, 2017.
  • Vasseur, L. 2017. How Do Ecosystem Services Help Maintain Ecosystem and Human Health? CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference, Toronto, Ontario. February 1, 2017.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change leading towards sustainable solutions. Conference on resilience and climate change in Ecuador. Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo, Riobamba, Ecuador. December 8-12, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Restoring the agriculture landscape: from the ground up. Landscape management and ecosystem service delivery International Workshop. Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, November 20-24, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. L’agriculture et les changements climatiques : votre nourriture favorite sera-t-elle toujours là? Virtual Researchers on Call (VROC), Partners in Research. October 25, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Climate change: what to expect in the Niagara? Federal Climate Change Consultation with Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre. Welland City Hall. September 30, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Planet at the crossroads, a recap of IUCN World Conservation Congress and the future prospects. Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China. October 8, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Intercropping: exploring its full potential. Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China. May 31, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. and H. VanVolkenburg. 2017. How Do Ecosystem Services Help Maintain Ecosystem and Human Health? International workshop for the “111” Program. Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China. March 12, 2017.
  • Vasseur, L. 2017. Climate Change in Canada: What happens when the weather is out of control and ice caps melt? Burlington Third Age Learning (3ALB) group as part of their 11th series of lectures, focusing on Big Questions…Big Ideas…All Over the Map. Burlington Art Centre. March 9, 2017.
  • Vasseur, L. 2017. How Do Ecosystem Services Help Maintain Ecosystem and Human Health? Global Health Forum. Brock University. February 11, 2017.
  • Vasseur, L. 2017. How Do Ecosystem Services Help Maintain Ecosystem and Human Health? CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference, Toronto, Ontario. February 1, 2017.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change leading towards sustainable solutions. Conference on resilience and climate change in Ecuador. Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo, Riobamba, Ecuador. December 8-12, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Restoring the agriculture landscape: from the ground up. Landscape management and ecosystem service delivery International Workshop. Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, November 20-24, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. L’agriculture et les changements climatiques : votre nourriture favorite sera-t-elle toujours là? Virtual Researchers on Call (VROC), Partners in Research. October 25, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Climate change: what to expect in the Niagara? Federal Climate Change Consultation with Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre. Welland City Hall. September 30, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Planet at the crossroads, a recap of IUCN World Conservation Congress and the future prospects. Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China. October 8, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Intercropping: exploring its full potential. Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, China. May 31, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Nature-based solutions to climate change. Meeting of the Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention for Biological Diversity, Montréal. April 29, 2016. Invited by the European Commission.
  • Baird, J., Plummer, R., Bullock, R., Dupont, D., Heinmiller, T., Jollineau, M., Kubik, W., Renzetti, S. and Vasseur, L. “Water in Niagara: How is it perceived and how should it be governed?” Environmental Sustainability Research Centre Research Café, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. February 8, 2017.
  • Vasseur, L. and S. Plante. 2016. Transitioning the sustainability of coastal rural communities facing climate change – A complex story – Panel. International Rural Sociology Association Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto. August 10-14, 2016.
  • Wetlands of Sunset Initiative: Woodlands of Sunset Long-term Care (LTC) Facility is located on Pelham St. in Welland, ON and is managed by the Niagara Region. What makes this LTC facility unique is that adjacent to it there are wetlands and forests on property which are also owned by the Region. In the spring of 2015, the then President of the Family Council, Roman Kruczynski approached ESRC to explore the possibility of a joint initiative with the university and especially the ESRC. This is a perfect example of the collaborative character of the UNESCO Chair, Liette Vasseur where members and non-members of the ESRC, as well as community partners such as the NPCA ( Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority) and Niagara College have come together to create community sustainability.
  • Baird, J., Plummer, R., Bullock, R., Dupont, D., Heinmiller, T., Jollineau, M., Kubik, W., Renzetti, S. and Vasseur, L. “Water in Niagara: How is it perceived and how should it be governed?” Environmental Sustainability Research Centre Research Café, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. February 8, 2017.
  • Archibald, E.R. 2017. Examining the responses of cover crops chicory (Cichorium intybus) and red clover (Trifolium pratense) to intercropping and agromineral amendment. Ontario Biology Day, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada. March 19, 2017.
  • Michkowski, A.L. 2017. Responses of alfalfa and oilseed radish in monoculture and intercrop to Spanish River carbonatite amendment. Ontario Biology Day, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada. March 19, 2017.
  • VanVolkenberg, H. 2017. Changes in yield and invertebrate communities in lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and radish (Raphanus sativus) monocultures and intercrop. Ontario Biology Day, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada. March 19, 2017.
  • VanVolkenberg, H. 2017. Understanding multitrophic interactions in vineyards exposed to different diversification and alternative ecological systems. Ontario Ecology, Ethology and Evolution Colloquium, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. May 22, 2017.
  • Vasseur, L. and S. Plante. 2016. Transitioning the sustainability of coastal rural communities facing climate change – A complex story – Panel. International Rural Sociology Association Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto. August 10-14, 2016.
  • Plante, S., L. Vasseur, C. Guenette and C.M. Janzen. 2016. Working with community, not for them! Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network. Meeting the Challenges of our Changing Ocean conference, Ottawa. September 27, 2016.
  • Vasseur, L. 2016. Expecting mother in a dangerous environment: is the support always there? INWES Regional Conference Europe 2016. Freising, Germany. November 4-6, 2016. Presented on November 5.
  • Sidhu, A. 2016. Understanding the diamondback moth performance in plant alternative cropping systems. Ontario Ecology, Evolution and Ethology Colloquium. Ryerson University, May 7, 2016.
  • Sidhu, A. 2016. Performance of the diamondback moth in plant alternative cropping systems. Canadian Society of Zoology Annual Meeting. University of Guelph. May 11, 2016.