Science Speakers and Sustainability


By Whitney Sharp

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and Science World British Columbia have teamed up to present the KPU-Science World Speaker Series—a collection of free science events open to the public. The series, consisting of six speakers, began earlier this year and will continue into 2016. With the goal of expanding science literacy, the series entertains and educates on a range of relevant topics including: Being Scientific Without Being a Scientist; The Psychology of Good and Evil; The Underwater World of Fish Mating; Plants in a Changing Climate; and Building Sustainable Food Systems for the 21st Century—the next talk taking place in August.
Lead by Kent Mullinix, the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at KPU, the upcoming presentation will examine the factors and forces that currently shape our food system and explore ways to advance sustainable agri-food systems by adapting to environmental, social, and economic challenges.
Mullinix, who is engaged in research and development aimed at advancing sustainable agriculture and food systems, has an extensive background and experience in various agriculture programs. A professor in horticulture and landscape architecture; a horticulture research specialist in fruit and nut crops; and serving on the editorial board for the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal, Mullinix brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the KPU-Science World Speaker Series.
KPU offers a range of credentials and learning opportunities in sustainable agriculture in addition to the research and projects taking place at the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems. The university’s bachelor of applied science in sustainable agriculture degree is unique to North America, teaching students innovative and ecologically sound crop production methods and sustainable farm business management. Also unique to KPU are the 10-month long hands-on farm school training programs in Richmond and Tsawwassen, preparing students to engage in local agriculture while covering topics like production, distribution, and sales and marketing.
The next speaker series event is taking place at Science World at Telus World of Science—1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, on Wednesday, August 12 at 7pm. Each event includes an hour-long presentation, followed by a discussion with the audience. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

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