Public panel opens CIGI conference on scientific policy implications for geoengineering

Media Advisory

January 16, 2012

Ottawa and Waterloo, Canada – January 16, 2011 – The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is hosting the public panel Geoengineering Our Climate: Science, Ethics and Governance, from 5:30 to 7 pm, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Ottawa’s Lord Elgin Hotel (details below).

The public panel is the opening event for CIGI’s Geoengineering Our Climate conference, and convenes leading international academics and practitioners to introduce the scientific and technical ideas underlying geoengineering concepts, while exploring their broader ethical, social and geopolitical implications.

Participants include:

Steve Rayner (keynote speaker), Director of the Programme on the Future of Cities and Co-Director of Oxford University’s Geoengineering Programme.

Bidisha Banerjee , Program Director at Dalai Lama Fellows

Jason J. Blackstock, CIGI Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment

Arunabha Ghosh , CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), also an associate at the Global Economic Governance Programme, Oxford.

Steven Hamburg , Chief Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund

Peter Calamai (moderator), contributing editor of Australia’s Cosmos magazine, member of the steering committee of the Science Media Centre of Canada

Atiq Rahman, Executive Director of The Bangladesh Centre for Advance Studies (BCAS)

5:30pm    Welcome by David Dewitt, CIGI Vice President of Programs, 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
7:00pm - Public Q&A 
7:15pm - Adjourn


Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 356, Email: [email protected]

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