Island Lecture Series October Lecture

UPEI takes part in Faroe Islands International Community Energy Challenge
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A group of students in the Faroe Islands

The Island Lecture Series gets under way once again on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 pm in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge at UPEI. This lecture features a presentation by UPEI students and their professor about an experiential learning opportunity that took them to the Faroe Islands in May.

Six students, along with Dr. Anna Demeo from the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering, were part of a week-long immersion program called the International Community Energy Challenge (ICEC), which took place in the Faroe Islands May 13 to 22. Sponsored by the Hydrogen Learning Network, with funding from Nordic Atlantic Cooperation (NORA), the program included universities from five countries: Canada, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, and the Faroe Islands. The objective of the ICEC was to immerse students in both the culture and community of the Faroe Islands while they tackled a real and current energy project for a local business or organization. 

Student teams, comprised of students from each university, researched, developed, and proposed solutions for community clients. The outcome was intended to provide clients with a fresh perspective for their business or organization while offering students the opportunity to work across disciplines to conceptualize solutions and use their classroom skills in a tangible way. The program brought together students from all over the world and from a plethora of disciplines including business, environmental studies, engineering, communications, education, and climate change. Throughout the program, students participated in local activities to gain a better understanding of the people and the culture of the Faroe Islands. 

Please join us to hear students Catherine Kennedy (environmental studies), Daniel Wartman (engineering), Stephanie Arnold (climate change), Jane Lillian Mac Isaac (math), Jordan Torrealba (engineering), and Ellen Ross (business), and their professor, Dr. Anna Demeo (engineering), talk about their experience and learn more about the Faroe Islands. 

Admission to the lecture is free. All are welcome.

For more information, please contact Laurie Brinklow at or (902) 894-2881.

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