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Date: November 01, 2004

Forum to Highlight Island-Based Research

Research that involves and impacts communities on Vancouver Island will be showcased in Campbell River on Nov. 5 when UVic researchers join their colleagues from Malaspina University College and North Island College in Campbell River for a day-long public forum. Presentations will address research examining ocean biology, environment and resource management, and development in resource-dependent communities.

The forum, hosted by North Island College, will be held at the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre (near the ferry terminal). Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The forum begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude about 5 p.m.

Seating is limited and members of the public are asked to reserve a seat by contacting North Island College’s college relations office at (250) 334-5267 or collegerelations@nic.bc.ca

Several UVic researchers are participating in the forum, discussing research that addresses issues of importance to Island communities:
Dr. Asit Mazumder—“Quality of Water and Traditional Fisheries Resources of Vancouver Island Communities”
Dr. Nigel Livingston—“Forests as Carbon Sinks—Can They Mitigate Climate Change?”
Dr. Ben Koop—“Genomic Research on Salmon Project”
Dr. John Schofield—“Regional Economic Modeling” (part of the “Coasts Under Stress” project)
Dr. Ian MacPherson—“Malcolm Island and the Tradition of Community Resilience Through Co-operatives”
Dr. Cornelis van Kooten—“Economics of Climate Change and Potential for Renewable Sources of Energy”

For a complete program visit www.nic.bc.ca and select “Upcoming Events” on the quick jump menu. The research forum is sponsored by Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Vancouver Island Economic Development Officers Association, and the Mid-Island Science Technology and Innovation Council.

Media contacts:
Martin Segger (UVic Community Relations) at (250) 721-8298 or msegger@uvic.ca
Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca

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