2020 Climate Symposium

2020 | Byrd Center Climate Symposium

Thanks to our OSU sponsors, Office of Research and Sustainability Institute!

Symposium Overview

Thursday, March 26, 2020.  Keynote speaker Richard Alley will kick off the symposium ~6:30p – 8:30p (his talk will begin ~7:00) at the 4H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH. The public is invited to attend.  No registration is required.

Friday, March 27, 2020.  The technical portion of the symposium will continue at 8am at the Byrd Center, 1090 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH.  Registration is required.


Technical Portion 

Friday, March 27, Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center, 1090 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH

Registration Fee: $12.00 (includes refreshments and lunch)

Goal and structure: 

Developed with input from last year’s participants, the intent of this year’s symposium is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on climate change research at OSU.

Discussion and planning are facilitated through the use of Breakout Groups in two sessions. Each session will start with short preview talks on each of the proposed discussion topics, followed by 1 hour of group discussions, run concurrently, with a designated leader and rapporteur. Each session will end with a plenary discussion of next steps.

Schedule for the March 27 Technical Portion:

8-8:50 am  Registration, Coffee and Poster Set Up

8:50-9:00   Welcome

9:00-9:30   Lecture: Climate and Public Health, Kathi Kemper, Professor of Pediatrics, College of Medicine & Executive Director, Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, The Ohio State University

9:30-11:30 Breakout Session One

Proposed Topics:

  • Climate and Public Health
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Building Environment, Urban Systems, Transportation, & Cities
  • Climate Justice and Equity
  • Engaging with the Public and Policy Makers

11:30-1:30  Poster Sessions & Lunch

1:30-2:00  Lecture: Climate and Biodiversity, Marta Jarzyna, Assistant Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University

2:00-4:00 Breakout Session Two

Proposed Topics:

  • Biodiversity, Ecosystems, & Ecosystem Services
  • Climate Change: Variability and Extremes
  • Sea Level Rise and Coastal Effects
  • Surface Water Resources and Accessibility
  • Wildfires

4:00  Adjourn to Happy Hour for Further Interactions

Thanks to our OSU sponsors, Office of Research and Sustainability Institute!


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