Recipients 2017

Since its launch in 2011, the PDF Travel Awards have helped many UBC PDFs attend conferences to present their work, enriching their PDF experience and helping anchor them within the academic world. Please read below to find out more about past award recipients.


Department, Faculty

Conference - Date Attended


Quarter 1:      
Dr. Lenka Kuglerova Forest and Conservation Science, Forestry

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) - February 2017

Honolulu, HI

Dr. Amir Sharafian Mechanical Engineering, Applied Science Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) Global Conference 2017 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Quarter 2:      
Dr. Hélène Frohard-Dourlent School of Nursing, Applied Science Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association Toronto, ON
Dr. Eric Guiry Anthropology, Arts UK Archaeological Science Conference London, England
Quarter 3:      
Dr. Logan Fletcher Philosophy, Arts Varieties of Knowing How Essen, Germany 

Dr. Lenka Kuglerova

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) - February 2017

The biennial ALSO (The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography) meeting is one of the largest meetings, addressing water issues and promoting scientific exchange across the freshwater and marine continuum. Many international researchers from around the world attended this meeting which gave me a great opportunity to interact and promote my own research as well as the research infrastructure (Malcolm Knapp research forest). In my research I address various aspects of freshwater ecology, hydrology and biogeochemistry and in my poster presentation I focused on invasive species ecology.

During the meeting, I attended many oral presentations with focus on invasive ecology (my poster) as well as other stream ecology and hydrology related issues. I interacted with the key senior researchers in the field as well as help in the mentor-mentee program to be a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students. During my poster presentation, I have received valuable feedback on my work and discuss the implications of the invasive species ecology with numerous professors, postdoctoral fellows and students. I consider the meeting very successful in my professional career because I established new connection and possibilities for future collaborations.

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Dr. Amir Sharafian 

Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) Global Conference 2017 - March 2017 

The NGV GLOBAL 2017 is the largest conference held annually to bring researchers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and stakeholders across the natural gas supply chain to discuss current trends, development, innovations and challenges for the industry. The main focus of the conference was on marine as a growing area for natural gas in transportation as well as small scale liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), and the benefits of natural gas in transportation.

My research on LNG storage and distribution for Canadian heavy-duty vehicles received significant attentions from researchers, such as the GREET team in the U.S. Argonne National Laboratory, engine manufacturers, such as Westport fuel systems and Cummins Engines, and fuel suppliers, such as Chart Industries. Attending this conference gave me a unique opportunity to expand my professional network with researchers and manufacturers in Europe, East Asia, and North America. Other main outcomes were: i) exchanging information with the team involved in preparation of the first ISO standards for LNG and CNG refueling stations, ii) talking to International Gas Union’s rep (based in Toronto, Canada) on problems with methane emissions, and iii) being familiar with the European NGV association and its recent effort on quantifying well-to-wheel methane emissions in Europe for transportation.

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Dr. Hélène Frohard-Dourlent

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association - May 2017

I feel forunate to have been able to attend and present my work at the Annual meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association as part of Congress. Congress is an energizing conference to attend because it features multi-disciplinary events and it is an opportunity to meet people who come from the same disciplinary background as well as people from a variety of other fields of study. As someone who has always worked across disciplines, I appreciated the opportunity to speak about my paper to people who also do research with and about transgender youth and come from sociology but also education or public health. The paper was well-received and I am already working on revisions based on conversations and thoughts sparked by the conference. I also got to attend a variety of events, such as a lecture on environmental sustainability, a roundtable on Indigenous/settler relations, and a panel on transgender children. Regardless of whether they are closely connected to my current research or not, all these events are pushing me to think in more complex ways about the world that we live in, and will impact the way I approach my work and my research.

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 Dr. Eric Guiry

UK Archaeological Science Conference - April 2017

The 2017 UK Archaeological Science Conference (UKAS) at the University College London attracted over 190 delegates from 25 countries and wide range of archaeological science disciplines including archaeobotany, archaeozoology, radiocarbon dating, ancient DNA and other bimolecular sciences. As such, the UKAS provided an exceptional venue to showcase some of the innovative ongoing research at the Archaeological Chemistry Laboratory in UBC’s Department of Anthropology. I presented a poster on how we can use chemical analyses of archaeological fish bones to better understand the historical ecology of the North American Great Lakes. This presentation sought to highlight some of the immense potential for stable isotope applications in archaeology to help inform modern ecosystem conservation management and restoration practices through developing a more nuanced baseline for how environments respond to long term human impacts such as pollution and climate change. My presentation was very well received and provided several excellent opportunities to engage in conversation with top researchers in adjacent fields, some of which are expected to lead to productive new collaborations with scholars in Europe and North America.      

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 Dr. Logan Fletcher 

Varieties of Knowing How - July 2017

Thanks to the funding provided by the PDF Travel Award, I was able to travel to Essen, Germany to attend and present at the conference Varieties of Knowing How, organized by Insa Lawler and Raphael van Riel of the University of Duisberg-Essen. This two-day workshop brought together philosophers approaching the related phenomena of ‘knowing how’ and ‘knowing why’ from a variety of perspectives. I found the conference to be very successful at striking a healthy balance between having a focused topic (so that participants were genuinely interested in engaging each other’s ideas) while at the same time incorporating a diverse range of theoretical orientations (thereby avoiding redundancy). The atmosphere was collegial and friendly. In short it exemplified what such a ‘special topic’ workshop can be in the best case. I received a number of helpful comments on my own presentation, both in the question-and-answer period, as well as informally, at the lunches and dinners. I am sure this feedback will be useful in preparing this work for publication. I found the other presentations to be engaging and relevant to my own work. In addition, I had the opportunity to make contact with a number of established and early-career scholars.

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