Each academic year, LRIGS provides a diversity of training and professional development opportunities.
The LRIGS Lecture Series invites local, national and international experts in land reclamation to share research, technologies, practices and policy development, and to facilitate discussion of different perspectives on land reclamation. Topics have been as diverse as the global imperative of ecosystem reclamation, novel ecosystems, dealing with the legacy of abandonment and reclamation, land reclamation through an aboriginal lens. Visiting scientists on campus and those working on research related to land reclamation address program members from time to time.
Short courses from one to three days are offered. Experts from academia, consulting, industry and government have presented on topics such as mine closure, wetland management, soil invertebrates and lichen identification. Members receive a certificate following successful completion of a course.
Field trips provide opportunities for program members to visit active reclamation sites from bioengineered slopes and landfills, to urban naturalization sites, mines and well sites.
Networking events provide program members with the opportunity to engage with fellow land reclamation students, researchers and professionals. Networking events range from coffee and cookie socials to formal events. The lecture series and mentorship program provide networking opportunities.
Program members are paired with mentors who share their professional knowledge of and experience in land reclamation. Mentors provide insight into land reclamation practices and issues, share experiences and perspectives and provide academic and/or career advice. Past mentorships have resulted in continued contact beyond a member’s LRIGS program, internships and for some employment following their graduation.
The LRIGS website is a hub for information on land reclamation events and resources. Events are regularly updated, and program members are encouraged to notify us of upcoming talks, workshops, conferences or land reclamation articles in the news.
Costs And Funding
All LRIGS events and courses are provided free of charge for program members. Non LRIGS members may participate for a fee if space is available. Events are posted on the LRIGS website and current program members will be notified by email in advance. Funding opportunities for participation in scientific conferences, workshops, courses and meetings not offered by LRIGS may be available from time to time. Current program members will be notified of funding opportunities by email.