2023 | Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change Research | Scroll down for registration

2023 | Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change Research | Scroll down for registration

The 5th Annual Byrd Center Symposium 
on Climate Change Research
Friday, October 20, 2023   |   8 am - 4 pm 

at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center,
Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210

The purpose of the Byrd Center's annual Symposium is to showcase climate change research at Ohio State and foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Register using the conference link.
  • The onsite registration fee includes light refreshments during breaks.
  • An optional lunch will be offered for a fee.
  • There will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
  • You are welcome to bring your lunch with you.
  • Individuals interested in presenting posters will be asked to submit final titles and abstracts in late September, as well as pdf versions of the poster to place online.
  • Attendance fee will be waived for student poster presenters.
  • There is a pre-conference informational town hall session for students interested in enrolling in the Climate Change Fundamentals Certificate program. This event will be held from 8am-9:15am, and will include a guided tour of the Byrd Center before the symposium starts. Register using the pre-conference link.
  • Onsite attendees will be expected to follow OSU protocols regarding the prevention of COVID-19 transmission.

A copy of the symposium schedule can be found here.

For non-OSU participant registration, please contact us at byrd-contact@osu.edu.

Registration will close on October 6, 2023. 

Virtual access will not be offered this year.




8:00 Breakfast

8:15 Pre-Conference Education Workshop: Informational Town Hall Session for the Climate Change Fundamentals Certificate

9:15 Pre-Conference Concludes


9:30 Welcome and event overview, RM 240 (Auditorium)

9:35 Opening remarks

Karina Peggau and Dr. Jamey Stutz

9:50 Keynote speaker introduction

10:00 Keynote presentation

Presented by Dr. Heidi Roop, Assistant Professor Extension Specialist Director, Climate Adaptation Partnership, author of The Climate Action Handbook

11:15 Breakout sessions

  • Emerging Topics: "Hidden Hydrogen: the potential for geologic hydrogen" presented by Dr. Tom Darrah, Global Water Institute
  • Climate Tools: "Introduction to Climate Services" presented by the State Climate Office of Ohio, OSU Extension, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
  • Climate and Health: “Air Quality and Human Health: What is the True Linkage” presented by Dr. Hannah Hartzler, Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine


12:15 Lunch (Pizza Rustica)

1:15 Breakout sessions by topic

  • Climate and Remote Sensing: "Climate and Remote Sensing: A Panel Discussion” presented by Dr. Joel Johnson, Dr. Ian Howat, Dr. Sami Khanal, Dr. David Bromwich, and Saurav Dey Shuvo
  • Climate and Tools:  “Tools and Changes for Climate” presented by the State Climate Office of Ohio, OSU Extension, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and Dr. Aaron Wilson
  • Climate and Health: “Imperative for Decarbonizing Healthcare” advanced competency flash talks presented by 4th year College of Medicine students

2:15 Conclude breakout sessions

2:20 Poster session with appetizers, RM 176 (Goldthwait Polar Library)

4:00 Event concludes

If you require any accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Michele Cook at cook.942@osu.edu (email) or 614-292-7972 (phone).