RSC Resurrects Romanowski Lecture Series

The Royal Society of Canada is eager to announce that the Romanowski Lecture Series will once again take place, beginning in the fall of 2013. 

Established in 1994, the RSC Miroslaw Romanowski Medal is awarded for significant contributions to the resolution of scientific aspects of environmental problems or for important improvements to the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects—terrestrial, atmospheric, aqueous—brought about by scientific means. The lecture tour will be delivered annually by the recipient of the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal. 

Begun in 2002, the Romanowski Lecture Series informs Canadians of recent advances in research and technology in the environmental sciences based on the lecturer’s particular knowledge and expertise. The lectures series is organized in exclusive collaboration with the Institutional Members of the Society.

The recipient of the 2012 Miroslaw Romanowski Medal, Dr. Catherine Potvin, from McGill University, has accepted the invitation to deliver the RSC Romanowski Lecture Series for 2012-2013. Her presentation will be titled: “Halting deforestation in the Tropics: One piece of the climate change mitigation puzzle.”

Dr. Potvin is a world leader in the study of global change biology. Early in her career she worked to disentangle the physiological consequences of elevated CO2 concentration on plant growth and biodiversity. Her current research focuses on tropical landscapes where her team is developing land use strategies that maximize carbon sequestration as a mitigation tool for climate change.

This year’s lectures will be held during the fall semester of 2013, at the following six institutions: The University of British Columbia, Ryerson University, Cape Breton University, Thompson Rivers University, l’Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS), and the University of Windsor.