Concepts for intentionally modifying our global climate — known as geoengineering — are rapidly emerging into the scientific policy and public discussions surrounding climate change. This public event, featuring a keynote address from Professor Steve Rayner (Oxford University) and a responding panel of leading international academics and practitioners, will introduce the scientific and technical ideas underlying geoengineering concepts, while exploring their broader ethical, social and geopolitical implications.
5:30pm Welcome by David Dewitt (CIGI) and Conference Overview by Jason Blackstock (Conference Chair)
5:35pm - Keynote Presentation by Professor Steve Rayner (University of Oxford)
6:15pm - Panel Discussion Moderated by Peter Calamai (four panelists)
7:00pm - Public Q&A
7:15pm - Adjourn
Co-Sponsor: Canadian International Council (www.opencanada.org)
Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford (www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk): Institute for Science, Innovation and Society and Oxford Geoengineering Programme
Consortium on Science Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University (www.cspo.org)
Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India (www.ceew.in)
Institute for Science, Society and Policy (www.issp.uottawa.ca)
Environmental Defense Fund (www.edf.org)
Jason J. Blackstock, CIGI Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment
With a unique background in physics, technology and international affairs, Jason J. Blackstock is a leading international policy adviser and scholar on geoengineering and the interface between science and global governance institutions. A professional physicist by trade and graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, Jason joined CIGI in 2009 and leads several international research projects that evaluate the scientific, political and global governance implications of climate change.
Steve Rayner , Professor
Prof Rayner is also Director of the Programme on the Future of Cities and Co-Director of the Oxford Geoengineering Programme.
Bidisha Banerjee , Ms.
Ms. Banerjee is a Program Director at Dalai Lama Fellows, a start-up in San Francisco devoted to incubating ethical leadership grounded in universal values where she is responsible for the strategy and curriculum development for Dalai Lama Fellows.
Steven Hamburg , Dr.
Steven Hamburg is Chief Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. He has published more than 80 scientific papers related to ecosystem science and his work with IPCC contributed to the awarding of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Arunabha Ghosh , Dr.
Arunabha Ghosh is CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), an independent, policy think-tank in India. He is also an Associate at the Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford.
Peter Calamai, Mr.
Calamai writes a weekly science column for the Toronto Star and freelances magazine science articles. A contributing editor of Australia’s Cosmos magazine, Calamai is a member of the steering committee of the Science Media Centre of Canada.
Atiq Rahman, Dr.
Dr. Atiq Rahman is Executive Director of The Bangladesh Centre for Advance Studies (BCAS), a think tank, research and implementation organisation focusing on climate change and putting sustainability into action.