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We offer many workshops and events throughout the year. We are excited to share our Spring 2022 trainings and events, listed in the drop-downs below.

Here are a few guidelines to navigate our trainings and events:

  • Please read the “who” (intended audience) section, to determine whether to register for a given event.
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  • View all upcoming events at the Institute on the Environment here.
  • Have questions? Email Christina Lundgren, lundg131@umn.edu.

Training for Climate Simulations

Thursday, January 13  |  1 – 3:30 pm  |  Virtual
  • Who: Graduate and professional students, postdocs, Hennepin County Environment Staff, IonE Educators and Associates
  • What: Workshop how systems thinking applies to your work, teaching or research and how you might utilize En-ROADS or similar simulation-based learning. 

How to Work with the Legislature

Thursday, January 20  |  9:30 – 11 am  |  Virtual
  • Who: Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Educators and Associates
  • What: Join us for an interactive workshop to learn how to work with legislators – from sharing your research to relationship building. We will be joined by Rep. Jamie Long and Sen. David Senjem, who chair legislative committees focused on energy and climate.

IonE Undergraduate Info Session

Friday, January 21  1 – 1:30 pm  Virtual
  • Who: Undergraduate students and Faculty/Staff who work with Undergraduate students
  • What: Learn how to get involved with the Institute on the Environment. We will share info on all our programs, funding, trainings, and courses that are open. Can’t attend but have questions? Email Christina Lundgren, lundg131@umn.edu.

Community-Engaged Scholarship: Incorporating Participatory Approaches – P.1

Friday, January 28  |  10:30 am – 12 pm  |  Virtual
  • Who: Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Associates
  • What: The first session of a two-part workshop series to introduce graduate, professional students, and faculty to Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), participatory approaches to professional work more broadly, and ways these approaches can inform your research and future work. **Part two will be in person, limited attendance, on Friday February 4, 10:30 am – 12 pm. You will need to register separately. (See February events below.)**

Community-Engaged Scholarship: Incorporating Participatory Approaches – P.2

Friday, February 4  |  10:30 am – 12 pm  |  In Person
  • Who: Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Associates
  • What: The second session of a two-part workshop series that will introduce graduate, professional students, and faculty to Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). After introducing the fundamental principles of community-engaged work, you will engage with facilitators and peers to reflect and discuss your plans, thoughts, and questions about how to incorporate a participatory approach into your graduate studies or future work experiences or your faculty activities. **We prefer you only join Session 2 if you attended Session 1.**

Communicating with the Media – Part 1

Friday, February 11 |  12 – 1:30 pm  |  Virtual

Communicating with the Media – Part 2

Friday, February 18  |  12 – 1:30 pm  |  Virtual
  • Who: Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Affiliates
  • What: Ever wonder what it’s like to be interviewed by a journalist? Interested in putting your research out there, but not knowing where to start? The UMN Science Communication Lab will host this webinar to help you learn how to effectively engage with the media by hearing from this panel: Mary Hoff (Project Drawdown), Britta Greene (New Yorker Radio Hour), and Andria Waclawski (Assistant Director of Public Relations for the University of Minnesota). In Part two, practice talking about your research to journalists and the university’s public information officers. You will also practice tailoring the conversation to news and feature stories.

Panelist Bios (part one)

  • Mary Hoff is a science communicator and communications specialist with Project Drawdown, the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. She co-founded Ensia, a solutions-focused environment-focused media outlet, in 2013, and served as editor in chief for its first eight years. She holds a BS in zoology from the University of Wisconsin and two masters degrees from the University of Minnesota, one in journalism and mass communication with a science communication emphasis and the other in strategic communication.
  • Britta Greene is a St. Paul-based audio reporter, producer and editor. She’s currently working with the New Yorker Radio Hour, a partnership between the New Yorker magazine and WNYC. She previously led the morning show at Minnesota Public Radio News, where she helped develop the twice-daily Minnesota Today podcast and organized the station’s 2021 ‘Radio Camp’ — a radio training program for high school students. Her work has aired nationally on NPR, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now.
  • Andria Waclawski is the assistant director of public relations for the University of Minnesota. Andria has managed strategic communications for a variety of groups from students and senior leaders to artists, scientists, legislators. She has also secured placements in local, national and international outlets, including the New York Times, National Geographic, NPR and Variety.

How to Write a Policy Brief

Thursday, February 24  |  9:15 – 11 am  |  Virtual
  • Who: Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Affiliates
  • What: Are you working to support decisions made by state and federal agencies? Are you curious about the use and impact of the mysterious “policy memo”? Join IonE’s research director Melissa Kenney for a practical review about how to translate research to policy through writing research-based policy briefs.

IonE Undergraduate Info Session

Friday, February 25  1 – 1:30 pm  Virtual
  • Who: Undergraduate students and Faculty/Staff who work with Undergraduate students
  • What: Learn how to get involved with the Institute on the Environment. We will share info on all our programs, funding, trainings, and courses that are open. Can’t attend but have questions? Email Christina Lundgren, lundg131@umn.edu.

SELFsustain

Friday, February 25  |  2 – 4:30 pm  Virtual
Saturday, February 26  |  various times  |  In Person
  • Who: Undergraduate students
  • What: The SELF (Student Engaged Leadership Forum) sustain Conference is a two-day event for undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris, Duluth and Rochester campuses. Initiated through the University of Minnesota’s Systemwide Strategic Sustainability Committee, the event is typically a two-day “retreat” with the intention of providing undergraduates the opportunity to share their sustainability efforts, learn about what their peers from other campuses are doing, and build lasting connections with students from other campuses. SELFsustain connects students to one another to share projects ideas and build collaborations.

IonE Educators Exhibition 2022

Weekdays, March 14-25  |  9 am – 4 pm  Learning and Environmental Sciences Building
  • Who: Open to anyone!
  • What: Ever wanted to come visit IonE and see what’s going on? Curious about creative ways of learning about sustainability? Then consider joining us to see a collection of stories about how we co-construct the human-nature relationship through teaching. This exhibition includes amazing educator and student work and will inspire you to creatively explore sustainability in your life and work! Questions? Email Joe Warren at warre665@umn.edu

IonE Undergraduate Info Session

Friday, March 18  1 – 1:30 pm  Virtual
  • Who: Undergraduate students and Faculty/Staff who work with Undergraduate students
  • What: Learn how to get involved with the Institute on the Environment. We will share info on all our programs, funding, trainings, and courses that are open. Can’t attend but have questions? Email Christina Lundgren, lundg131@umn.edu.

Integrative Leadership – Part 1

Friday, March 18  |  1 – 2:30 pm  |  Virtual

Integrative Leadership – Part 2

Friday, March 25  |  9 am – 12 pm  |  In Person
  • Who: Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Associates
  • What: Kathy Quick (Co-Director of the Center for Integrative Leadership) will lead two sessions on integrative leadership, the policies and practices for engaging with diverse stakeholders, and navigating paradoxes and conflict in environmental stewardships. The online workshop on 3/18 will introduce a few key underlying concepts and frameworks for effective, shared leadership for collective impact. The in-person 3/25 workshop will give you the opportunity to practice two key skills to improve collaborative impact to protect the environment. (Please note that you are welcome to just attend Part 1, but you must attend Part 1 if you want to attend the interactive workshop on 3/25).

Scholar Activist/Advocate Panel

Monday, March 21  |  1:30 – 2:30 pm  |  Virtual
  • Who: Open to anyone!
  • What: Join us to discuss and explore using research and positionality as an academic researcher to effect policy, social and community change with guest speakers Laalitha Suparaneni (Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine), Christy Dolph (Water Resources Scientist), and Tom Fisher (Director of the Minnesota Design Center).

Sustainability & Energy Expo

Friday, April 1  |  11:45 am – 4 pm  |  Virtual
  • Who: Undergraduate students, Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Affiliates, IonE Staff
  • What: Are you in a capstone course? Working on environmental research, artwork, or a sustainability project? Submit your abstract by March 7 to share your work and network with others at IonE’s annual Sustainability & Energy Expo. Questions? Email Jess Jurcek (jurce003@umn.edu). The Sustainability and Energy Expo showcases the diversity of student sustainability work at the University of Minnesota. Sustainability Expo presenters hone presentation skills by sharing their research, enhance their resumes and connect with individuals sharing an interest in sustainability. Submission categories include conference posters, lightning talks (5-minute presentations) and multimedia pieces (artwork, design project, video, etc.). All graduate, professional, and undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota are welcome to submit abstracts for a chance to compete.

Advocacy & Strategy for a Just Transition

Tuesday, April 5  |  12 – 1:30 pm  |  Virtual
  • Who: Undergraduate students, Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Affiliates, IonE Staff
  • What: Join us for a panel discussion on advocacy efforts happening at the UMN and in the Twin Cities. Panelists include the Teamsters on bargaining efforts for recycling and resource solutions, Katrina Jackson on free and accessible parking and public transit with COGSPriscilla Trinh on community-led climate justice work with Uprooted and Rising, and Eddy Olson-Enamorado on climate justice efforts with UMN Students for Climate Justice.

Climate Change and Ecosystem Health

Tuesday, May 3  |  12 – 1:30 pm  |  Virtual
  • Who: Undergraduate students, Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Affiliates, IonE Staff
  • What: Join the Boreas Leadership Team for a panel discussion on the interdisciplinary impacts of climate change on ecosystem health: from global food systems to local biodiversity. Dr. Deepak Ray, Zhaohui “Edward” Yang and others will represent a broad perspective of fields, including the Animal Production industry and Fisheries and Wildlife and Conservation Biology.