Learning for Tomorrow

Students walk along the Grand Allee at uOttawa


The University of Ottawa recognizes its role in advancing knowledge about climate change through its academic programs. The University’s holistic approach to addressing climate change means not only focusing on what is taught in the classroom, but also leveraging the other learning and research vehicles available. By offering a variety of learning opportunities, the University can broaden and strengthen knowledge about our changing climate and how it affects the people on our planet. We can equip our students with the knowledge and tools they need to find and implement solutions to climate change.


The following are a list of programs highlighted in the "Action on Climate Change Report 2020". 

View the full report.



  • The Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability
    The Centre is home to one of the largest concentrations of environmental law professors of any law school in Canada, with areas of expertise including water law, toxic torts, environmental justice, sustainable food law, international trade, economic instruments biotechnology and aboriginal law.
  • The Institute of the Environment
    The Institute of the Environment (IE) is the University’s hub for environmental sustainability-related research, teaching and other activities. The cross-cutting nature of environmental problems means that there is a critical need for innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. Our institute is well positioned to bring together different academic fields and stakeholders, all playing a vital role in understanding environmental problems and developing solutions.
  • The Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP)
    The Institute for Science, Society and Policy is a cross-faculty Institute at the University of Ottawa exploring the links between science, society and policy. Our network includes professors, researchers, practitioners and students from multiple faculties and disciplines both inside and outside uOttawa. 
    • Mitacs
      Mitacs is committed to fostering policy leadership among Canada’s researchers and we have worked to identify ways to integrate academic research and evidence-informed policy-making with federal and provincial governments. In collaboration with Canada’s research and policy communities, Mitacs has established the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship, the first initiative of its kind in Canada.
    • Science Outside the Lab – North
      Science Outside the Lab (SOtL) North is a deep-dive, immersive introduction to science, policy, and societal impacts. Students spend one week at the ISSP at the University of Ottawa (Ontario) and at Concordia University in Montreal (Québec), developing skills that will help them understand and succeed in their endeavours at the intersection of science and society.



  • Carolyn Fischer - Canada 150 Research Chair in Climate Economics, Innovation and Policy
  • Tom Baker - Canada Research Chair in Catalysis Science for Energy Applications
  • Nicholas Rivers - Canada Research Chair in Climate and Energy Policy
  • Benoît Lessard - Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials and Organic Electronics
  • Anthony Heyes - Canada Research Chair in Environmental Economics
  • Jackie Dawson - Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy



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