A man with pale skin, brown hair and a beard; a woman with brown/black hair and light brown skin; and a woman with red hair and blue eyes. All are presenting from a podium.

Presenters at the PICS Scholar Forum's 2019 edition.

PICS Scholars will once again gather in person for the annual PICS Forum Thursday, Sept. 22 and Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

The forum is a career-enhancing event that builds essential research skills, drives collaboration and encourages networking. PICS Scholars are undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students working on PICS-funded projects. Most attend our four partner universities – UVic, UBC, SFU and UNBC.

This year’s forum will be in person for the first time since the pandemic began (masks are encouraged). It will focus on how to integrate climate justice into the students’ research activities, and support them in integrating justice into their work throughout their careers.

The forum will be led by PICS alumnus Dr. Sonja Klinsky, associate professor at the School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University.

 Scholars, mark your calendars and check your email; you don’t want to miss this opportunity.

Dr. Sonja Klinsky, a woman with pale skin, long blond hair and glasses.
Dr. Sonja Klinsky

Dr. Sonja Klinsky is Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures at Arizona State University.

After completing her doctoral work at the University of British Columbia, Klinsky held post-doctoral fellowships with the Centre for Climate Change Mitigation at the University of Cambridge, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.Her work has continually centered around the justice dilemmas presented by climate change and climate change policy design. Klinsky has been an observer to the UN framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations since 2009 which has been a foundation to her collaborative work with policy-science interface organizations. These collaborations have sought to generate theoretically sound and politically relevant proposals for constructively addressing debates about justice and fairness embedded in climate policy decision-making at all scales. In addition to this policy-oriented work she has also done research on public perceptions of climate justice dilemmas and policy options.

Klinsky holds a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia and Master of Arts in Geography from McGill University.