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Associate Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies: CandidatePresentation (III)

  Date: February 21, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  Location: International Building (IB)

You are invited to attend public presentations by candidates for Associate Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies.

Arts Colloquium: Becoming medicine: Organ donation and the other side of politics

  Date: February 28, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  Location: Campus Activity Centre

Join Dr. Lindsey McKay as she presents her research as part of the Arts Colloquium Series.

The environmental fate of arsenicals from the surface chemistry of hematite nanoparticles

  Date: February 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  Location: Ken Lepin Building

The fate of arsenic compounds depends on their surface interactions with geosorbents that include minerals and natural organic matter.

Smoking Cultures Dialogue Project

  Date: March 4, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  Location: Brown Family House of Learning

What are your thoughts around smoking, cannabis, and vaping? Share your thoughts during this small-group dialogue led by students.

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Despite climate challenges, the future looks bright for BC wines

  Posted on: October 17, 2017

The Wine and Culinary Tourism Futures Conference, co-chaired by TRU researcher Dr. John Hull, takes place this week in Kelowna. Photo by Kym Ellis on Unsplash

Dr. John Hull, Associate Professor, Tourism.

In 1990, there were 17 grape wineries in British Columbia; today there are more than 275, and while the industry shows no signs of slowing down, it faces numerous challenges.

Extreme weather, which brings with it wildfires and droughts, is just one challenge facing wine producers in the Thompson Okanagan. The goal of this week’s Wine and Culinary Tourism Futures Conference, co-chaired by TRU’s Dr. John Hull, is to bring academics together with industry professionals from around the world to address the pressures in this growing regional industry.

The conference, which takes place in Kelowna from Oct. 17-20, features experts from Europe, New Zealand, and across North America. It is co-chaired by Dr. Donna Sense of UBC-Okanagan, and sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the BC Wine Institute.

Read: Conference looks to future of Okanagan wine, culinary tourism, Kelowna Capital News, Sept. 20, 2017

“What we’re seeing in California right now, and what we experienced this summer with wildfires in BC are just some of the environmental challenges that face the wine and culinary sectors,” said Hull. “By working together, we can share best practices and adapt to bring better resilience in the industry.”

The conference provides an opportunity to learn from professionals in the more established wine regions — Italy, New Zealand and California, for example — because despite the challenges, there is still tremendous growth potential, said Hull, who uses the success of the Kamloops Wine Trail as a prime example.

“It’s amazing to see how climate changes are offering opportunity for new regions to develop. We’re seeing more and more wineries open up in our area, and they’re winning awards.”

According to the BC Wine Institute, the industry contributes $2.8 billion annually to BC’s economy. Culinary culture and culinary industries have grown hand in hand with the BC wine industry, creating tourism destinations with huge potential for growth.

Hull, who had previously focused his research on mountain tourism, says he’s fascinated by rural development, rural resiliency and evolutionary economic geography.

“We see the mountain environments attracting a lot of people in our region, and we see huge changes in the economy of the BC Interior with much of our agriculture focus shifting to vineyards. I’m interested, as a geographer and a tourism researcher, in the evolution of the development of these areas, and how wine and food is a critical part of the experience,” he said.

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