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SENS hosts the 2018 Arctic Science Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) at the University of Saskatchewan is pleased to host the 2018 AAAS meeting.

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) at the University of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that it is hosting the 2018 Arctic Science Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on October 9th, 2018 at the Saskatoon Inn.

The theme of the meeting is “Health and Shared Prosperity in the North.” This theme reflects the idea that health, of both people and ecosystems, and prosperity, of both human and more-than-human arctic residents, are inexorably intertwined. This reality is at the core of Indigenous world views and ways of life, and increasingly, is being acknowledged by research and policy. At this conference, we seek to further advance the discussion of health and prosperity as a focal point for sustainable communities and development policies in the North.

According to Dr. Phil Loring, President of the AAAS’s Arctic Division, chair of the meeting, and SENS adjunct professor - the program includes contributions from multiple experts on northern issues.

Loring said, “I’m excited about this event because it’s the first time that the division meeting will be coming to Canada, and I think this will really grow the scope and reach of the division. The University of Saskatchewan is a great place to start this growth because the university has many great faculty and students working in the North.”

One keynote speaker is Dr. Brett Favaro who is the author of the book The Carbon Code and was part of the team that recently won a nationwide CanInfra competition with a proposal to build migrogrid renewable energy in the remote North. Other keynote speakers include Dr. Douglas Clark, Centennial Chair in the Human Dimensions of Sustainability and SENS Associate Professor, and SENS affiliate Dr. David Natcher.

Clark said, “I’m thrilled about SENS hosting the AAAS event because the University of Saskatchewan has the largest collection of Arctic-focused social scientists in Canada. This event brings us all together and highlights that unique collection of expertise.”

For more information about the event, including how to register, visit the conference website.

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