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April 2018

Lessons on Farmland Preservation Near Growing Urban Regions from Oregon, USA

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

High quality agricultural land is a valuable non-renewable natural resource; however, many regions struggle to protect this resource when it exists in close proximity to growing urban areas.Oregon, USA is often held up as a model of successful land use planning in the North American context, having established a state-wide system in 1973 that both supports urban areas and protects rural areas. The Willamette Valley makes a particularly interesting case study region, as it contains a great deal of Oregon’s…

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The 26th Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course

April 12 - April 14
St. John’s Convention Center St.John's, Newfoundland Canada + Google Map

Over 150 sessions in a collegial, peer-to-peer, interactive learning environment. Registration fees include access to all sessions, a full breakfast, lunch and breaks. Optional evening socials (extra charges apply, tickets must be purchased in advance). Add-on courses. Free daycare services. Hotel discounts for conference attendees. Air Canada promotional code. Tax included in all prices. If you pre paid the early bird rate or made a deposit prior to Nov 1st, here are special instructions for you. Please Register with the…

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May 2018

Surviving and Thriving: Gender, Justice, Power, and Place Making

May 17 - May 18
Ohio University Athens, OH 4571 United States + Google Map

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS & PAPERS Surviving and Thriving:  Gender, Justice, Power, and Place Making Rural Women’s Studies Association Triennial Conference Hosted by Ohio University, Athens, Ohio May 17-19, 2018 The theme, “Surviving and Thriving: Gender, Justice, Power, and Place Making,” emphasizes the role of gender in rural community formation and survival. It allows for exploration of the ways that gendered identity (as women, men, or bi- and trans-) and raced identity (within separatist communities, segregated neighborhoods, or integrated spaces) affected…

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June 2018

Intelligent Community Forum

June 4 - June 6
London London, United Kingdom + Google Map

What will you take away from the ICF Global Summit? The annual ICF Summit is unlike any municipal, urban planning or economic development conference you attend.  You will take away value that translates into direct benefit to the citizens, businesses and institutions you serve: Economic development leads.  Identify site location and investment opportunities, as well as “soft landing” targets for local business, at our economic development matchmaking session. Ideas you can put to use. Meet officials from cities, counties and metro…

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Water and Environment Student Talks

June 11 - June 12
University of British Columbia, 2002 - 6250 Applied Science Lane

Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4
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JUNE 11 - 12, 2018 THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, VANCOUVER It is with great excitement that we announce the 5th annual Water and Environment Student Talks (WEST), a water conference for students and young professionals in the Pacific Northwest. WEST CASCADES: Water in Cycles will stimulate discussions on the various stages that water goes through as we use it and will include topics like water reclamation and resource recovery from water and wastewater. GOALS AND BENEFITS The goals of…

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Resources for Future Generations 2018

June 16 - June 21
Vancouver Convention Center Vancouver, British Colombia Canada + Google Map

PREMIERE CONFERENCE ON ENERGY • MINERALS • WATER • THE EARTH   Why RFG 2018? The rapid growth of developing economies and the fundamental needs of many disadvantaged people across the globe are resulting in an increased demand for many resources and changes in the delivery of existing ones. The need for focused environmental priorities and new technologies will add additional requirements and constraints. The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES), the Canadian…

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Creative Forces in the Polar Regions: Culture, Economies, Innovation, and Change in Tourism

June 22 - June 28
Yukon Territory Canada Yukon Canada + Google Map

The 6th IPTRN conference – “Creative Forces in the Polar Regions: Culture, Economies, Innovation, and Change in Tourism” – is hosted by Vancouver Island University and Yukon College in the Yukon Territory ( The conference will follow the IPTRN “study tour” model, and will begin in Whitehorse, and travel to several of Yukon’s communities. In addition to paper presentation sessions, participants will engage in community workshops held in collaboration with local stakeholders, and participate in a variety of signature Yukon…

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July 2018

Metrics of sustainability: Critical studies of sites, practices, and performances of accountability in environmental governance

July 12 - July 16

Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer Institute on Critical Studies of Environmental Governance to be held at the University of Toronto July 12-16, 2018. We welcome applications from advanced doctoral students (i.e., advanced to candidacy, completed data collection, and actively writing) and junior scholars who received a Ph.D. after May 2015, working in the social sciences, law, humanities, and other relevant disciplines. The Institute will reimburse travel expenses up to $1200 (USD) and cover food and lodging for…

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Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities

July 15 - July 21
Toronto Metro Convention Centre Toronto, Ontario Canada

Since the inception of the discipline, sociologists have been concerned with power, violence and justice. Current social, economic and political challenges enhance their relevance. As capitalist globalization expands and deepens, corporate power increases along with global, national and local inequalities. New geo-political power configurations and confrontations are emerging, with violence being used as a tool to oppress and also to resist oppression. Colonial histories and contemporary land appropriations reflect the structures and cultural processes that perpetuate violence against indigenous and…

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Science in Society, Society in Science: Toward a 21st Century Model for Social Scientific Research

July 26 - July 29
Red Lion on the River, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive
Portland, OR United States
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Growing public skepticism about the value of science and expert knowledge has been a defining characteristic of the early 21st century. Political discourse and populist movements have increasingly questioned the objectivity of scientists and criticized the perceived liberal bias of academic elites. Privately funded research think tanks, internet websites, and other alternative sources of information have contributed to an increasingly diverse ecosystem of authority and knowledge. As the distinction between ‘facts’ and ‘values’ has become increasingly blurred, the evidence-base that…

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September 2018

Social Enterprise World Forum

September 12 - September 14
Edinburgh International Convention Centre, 150 Morrison Street
Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom
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Scotland to host Social Enterprise World Forum 2018 Social enterprises in Scotland and across the UK will welcome the international social enterprise movement to Edinburgh for the 10th Social Enterprise World Forum this year (view the launch video). The Forum will take place at the Edinburgh International Convention Centre from 12th-14th September 2018. The anticipated 1200 participants will include social enterprise leaders, policy makers, commercial partners, academics, students and young entrepreneurs. Event hosts, Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) are planning a week-long…

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October 2018

Health and Shared Prosperity

October 10 - October 13

The 30th Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation annual conference will return to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - the site of our first conference! The 2018 conference will be co-hosted with the University of Saskatchewan. Stay tuned for more details.

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People, Place and Public Engagement

October 25 - October 27
Memorial University of Newfoundland St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada + Google Map

Join Memorial University at our new location on beautiful Signal Hill for a conference exploring who we are, the places we live, and how we can work together, better.   We’re developing an engaging and interactive program that will include opportunities to learn and to share. All are welcome, including community organizers, industry, researchers and university staff, students, government employees, and anyone else with an interest in making a difference through public engagement.   Save the date, and stay tuned!…

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