IonE Events Calendar

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IonE Events

Frontiers in the Environment

IonE is breathing new life into the old lecture series. Frontiers in the Environment explores the frontiers of knowledge in climate change, renewable energy, land use, food security and many other environmental hot topics. Our speakers provide the audience with a true understanding of the issue, its global significance and breakthroughs on the horizon. Join us Wednesdays for a presentation and Q&A session, followed by a casual get-together in the IonE Commons. The lectures also air live on the Web. Watch recordings of the Fall 2012 lecture series.

When: Wednesdays during Spring and Fall semesters, 12 – 1pm
Schedule: View Fall 2013 schedule
Where: R380 IonE Seminar Room; Learning & Environmental Sciences Building

Ensia Live.

The Ensia event series brings top environmental visionaries to the Twin Cities for a night filled with engaging ideas and entertainment. Presenters will open your eyes and enrich your mind as they move the conversation forward from global problems to game-changing solutions. Encompassing science, arts, social entrepreneurship, media and more, the Ensia series inspires new ways of looking at the world and our place in it.

Visit the Ensia Live website to learn more about the series and view videos of past presentations.

Commons: Meeting & Art Space

The Institute on the Environment houses a unique space that serves as an area where the IonE community can gather for meetings or events as well as a location to display artistic works that celebrate the environment and sustainability. IonE’s vision for the Commons: Meeting & Art Space is to highlight the intersection of science and the arts by hosting exhibits that break down barriers between the two. We hope the space will continue to bring different communities at the University together and support IonE’s mission to foster interdisciplinary relationships.

When: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: R350 IonE Commons; Learning & Environmental Sciences Building

Solutions Summit

During May 2012, The NorthStar Initiative at the U of M’s Institute on the Environment presented the inaugural Solutions Summit – a conference aimed at empowering businesses, governments and NGOs to better understand and address sustainability challenges. The keynote speaker for the event was Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest, Natural Capitalism and The Ecology of Commerce. Visit the Solutions Summit site for event highlights.


More than 300 researchers, students, government officials, and nonprofit and business leaders from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest attended E3 2011 in November. View the E3 2011 recap to learn more.


Ensia Live

Commons: Meeting & Art Space


Eye on Earth