The End of Another Year
As summer is quickly approaching here in Hamilton, the 2011-2012 academic year is quickly coming to an end.
For the Centre, this has been another year of work towards excellence in research and outreach, as we continue to expand our various initiatives and projects both on campus and beyond.
Our researchers have been working in a variety of areas that relate to climate, and being involved in multiple collaborative research efforts, produced a number of publications throughout the year. Along with these efforts, some of our researchers received further funding for both ongoing and new research projects.Engaging directly with numerous graduate students, the Centre also involved itself with a number of initiatives both at McMaster and beyond, sponsoring a number of academic lectures in 2011 while also participating in (and co-hosting) conferences, workshops, and dialogues with like-minded academic groups.
Building upon our academic initiatives, the Centre continued to engage with the public in a number of ways, promoting education and awareness regarding climate change. Highlights of our outreach activities included “Climate Day” in May 2011, when 80 high school students visited campus to learn about climate change, and Dr. David Phillips’ public lecture in October 2011, which drew a large crowd and gained local media coverage.
In the early months of 2012, the Centre also engaged in a new and exciting high school outreach initiative. In partnership with the McMaster Office of Sustainability, the Centre began the development of an undergraduate internship program aimed at creating a curriculum-based climate and sustainability presentation for local high school students. The inaugural program was received well by students and teachers at Sir John A. MacDonald and Parkside Secondary Schools, and we hope to continue developing the program in the future.
Over the course of the summer we will be working on developing plans for the 2012-2013 year, and look forward to some engaging speakers and new research initiatives that will be updated as September 2012 nears.