Published on Brock University (http://www.brocku.ca)
Delegates to the Leading Edge conference this week at Brock University will explore environmental issues from inside the woods, not just from the conference rooms.
Retired physics professor John Black, author of Niagara Birds, will lead a bird walk through the woods surrounding Brock Friday morning as part of the conference of the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC).
Several Brock researchers have teamed up with the NEC for the two-day event, which starts this Thursday, to consider economic and tourism opportunities related to the escarpment.
Employing the themes of sustainable tourism and economic development, the conference is a forum to explore the incredible resources of the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. Brock is a suitable location to host the annual event, titled “Ontario’s Natural Edge,” as it is the first university in Canada to be located within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Brock faculty have been involved from the start, serving on the organizing committee, and by showcasing their research throughout the two-day conference. Highlights include:
Full program details, including other special events and speakers, are available online at www.leadingedgeconference.blogspot.com
Organizing committee members include Brock Tourism and Environment researchers Dave Brown (who will co-chair proceedings on-site), Danuta De Grosbois, John Middleton and Tony Ward. The event is co-chaired by Karen Carruthers of the NEC.
For more information:
• Karen Carruthers, Niagara Escarpment Commission, 905-877-6172
• Carolyn Mullin, research communications manager, Brock University, 905-688-5550, x5789