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Queen's hosts international conference on renewable energy


International experts in the fields of renewable energy and energy and environmental policy were at Queen’s University for the first official workshop of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU).

The group, which includes scholars from seven renowned post-secondary institutions, will present, discuss and collaborate on a variety of issues related to energy and energy policy.

“Switching to renewable energy means that we’re on a path to energy independence and security,” says Queen’s Professor Warren Mabee, who is presenting at the conference. “And that’s going to mean a lot in the future.”

Queen’s Vice-Provost, International, John Dixon agrees.

“Sustainability of energy supply and use has emerged as a priority for the university, as it has for much of the world,” says Dr. Dixon.” We look forward to exchanging ideas and learning from international best practises both in research and in application.”

Sustainability is also a priority for Kingston, which has adopted the goal of being Canada’s most sustainable city. Representatives from the city and from the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) will be in attendance at the conference, and the city will host the delegates for a reception at Fort Henry National Historic Site.

The workshop is the first in what MNU members hope will be a series of collaborations. The universities also hope to promote the development of ideas through student and faculty exchanges.

“Along with our partners in the MNU, Queen’s is committed to making a difference in the world through the exchange of ideas, expertise and best international practice,” says Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. “This collaboration will strengthen our commitment to a common culture of excellence in research and scholarship.”

MNU members are a select international group of outstanding universities, with each member leading international best practice in research and education based on long academic traditions. The seven founding partners are Dartmouth College (established 1769) in the USA; Durham University (1832) in the UK; Queen’s University (1841) in Canada; University of Otago (1869) in New Zealand; University of Tübingen (1477) in Germany; University of Western Australia (UWA) (1911) in Australia; and Uppsala University (1477) in Sweden.

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