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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.

Thursday, January 13, 1 – 3:30 pm | Training for Climate Simulations | 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. 
  • Learn more & register.

 

Thursday, January 20, 9:30 – 11 am | How to Work with the Legislature | 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.
  • Learn more & register.

 

Friday, January 21, 1 – 1:30 pm | IonE Undergraduate Info Session | 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.
  • Learn more & register.

 

Friday, January 28, 10:30 am – 12 pm | Community-Engaged Scholarship: Incorporating Participatory Approaches – P.1 | 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.)**
  • Learn more & register.

Friday, February 4, 10:30 am – 12 pm | Community-Engaged Scholarship: Incorporating Participatory Approaches – P.2 | *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.**
  • Learn more & register.

 

Friday, February 11 & 18, 12 – 1:30 pm | Communicating with the Media | 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? Join the Institute on the Environment and the Science Communication Lab for a two-part workshop on how to effectively engage with the media. In Part one, attendees will learn about best practices when talking to journalists and interact with an expert panel. They will also walk away with a list of resources on how to connect with journalists. In Part two, attendees will practice talking about their research to journalists and the university’s public information officers. Attendees will also practice tailoring the conversation to news and feature stories.
  • Part one (Virtual): Learn more & register.
  • Part two (Virtual): Learn more & register.

 

Thursday, February 24, 9:15 – 11 am | How to Write a Policy Brief | 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.
  • Learn more & register.

 

Friday, Feb 25 (virtual): 2 – 4:30 pm & Saturday, Feb 26 (in person): various times | SELFsustain | Virtual & 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.
  • Learn more & register.

Friday, March 18, 1 – 2:30 pm (virtual) & Friday, March 25, 9 am – 12 pm (in person) | Integrative Leadership | Virtual & In Person

  • Who: Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Associates
  • What: Join us for a two-part workshop to learn about integrative leadership, the policies and practices for engaging with diverse stakeholders, and navigating paradoxes and conflict in environmental stewardships. Part one will introduce a few key underlying concepts and frameworks for effective, shared leadership for collective impact. Part two will introduce and attendees will practice two key skills to improve collaborative impact to protect the environment.
  • Part one (Virtual): Learn more & register.
  • Part two (In Person): Learn more & register.

 

Monday, March 21, 1:30 – 2:30 pm | Scholar Activist/Advocate Panel | Virtual

  • Who: Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Associates and Affiliates
  • 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, Christy Dolph and Tom Fisher.
  • Learn more & register.

Friday, April 1 OR Friday, April 8 (TBD) | Sustainability & Energy Expo

  • Who: Undergraduate students, Graduate and professional students, postdocs, IonE Affiliates, IonE Staff
  • What: 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.
  • Details forthcoming. Learn more about last year’s Expo.

There are currently no trainings or events planned for May.