Nominations are currently being sought for the 2010 Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability. The deadline for nominations is February 11, 2010. To submit a nomination by email, please click here.
The Offices of the President, VP Academic, VP Research, Dean of Science and Marketing and Communications invite you to suggest a topic for the next Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability Lecture and/or nominate a future speaker.
The Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability is a premier venue to hear an outstanding speaker discuss issues dealing with climate change, environmental challenges, and the complex interactions among biological, human, ocean, terrestrial, and atmospheric components. The lecture is meant to bridge the divide between science, policy and public understanding. The lecture will be open to the public, so the lecturer must have demonstrated experience in making complex issues understandable and interesting to a lay audience. The speaker should have a national or international profile in the field.
The topic: The topic is the first and most important factor to consider. The ideal topic will be one of current public interest and high societal relevance. The topic must be on an issue concerning Earth (including ocean, atmospheric, biospheric, human) systems sustainability amenable to broad interdisciplinary discourse.
The lecturers: Candidates for the Dialogue shall be outstanding figures who are highly knowledgeable about the issue in question, eloquent in public delivery, and enthusiastic about interdisciplinary discourse. The issue should be of interest to a large portion of the public.
Out of respect for the dignity and reputation of nominees, the selection of the lecturer is by nature a confidential process. As a consequence, nominees are not informed that they are under consideration. With the exception of the selected lecturer, the outcome of any individual nomination is not released. As a result, in making a nomination, please ensure that the nominee is unaware of the nomination.
Nominations should be concise and should include the following headings:
Name of proposed speaker (include contact information and a website link if available) and/or
Reason why the topic is important and relevant
Reason why the speaker is appropriate
Make sure your nomination includes your name and a telephone number and/or email address where we can reach you. If you are a member of the University community, please identify your faculty, department and/or centre.
For more information on the Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability Lecture, click here.