The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will convene a meeting among researchers spanning the entire campus in an effort to inspire collaborative work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Over 20 researchers have agreed to meet in an open forum in which they’ll share their research interests, areas of expertise, as well as identify the faculty or discipline they believe would complement their work. Following that, small networking groups will meet in breakout rooms based on connection preferences indicated in advance or identified during the event.

Scientist measuring greenhouse gas emissions at a wetland using a portable gas analyser

“Relevant expertise is to be understood very broadly,” said Associate Dean (Research) Dr. Amir Fam. “It could be anything that makes transportation more fuel efficient, leads to energy savings in any other sector, is related to renewable energy and electric vehicles, measures or models methane emissions from bogs, cows, oil wells, involves life cycle analysis or greenhouse gas accounting, captures greenhouse gas emissions or converts CO2 into useful products.”

“Outside the sciences, any research related to policy, economic, legal, or business aspects of greenhouse gas reduction, expertise in knowledge translation of climate change actions.”

Funders are interested in spending billions of dollars toward the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. With anticipated interest in projects that feature the sciences and also include knowledge translation and actionable outcomes, this event will encourage the future formation of groups that incorporate researchers in the sciences, policy studies, business, law, and economics.

The networking event will take place virtually on January 20. Interested parties can register online or can contact Vera Kettnaker, the research development strategist in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.