Changing by Degrees: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change

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National Academy of Sciences Auditorium

2101 Constitution Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20418

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A one-day symposium organized by the Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences.

May 3, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm Eastern Time

National Academy of Sciences Auditorium
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20418

In 1991, the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (now defunct) issued a path-breaking report at the request of Congress, Changing by Degrees: Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gases. Twenty-eight years later, the effects of climate change are ever more evident—and the need to combat them more urgent. We honor the 1991 report by adopting its title, and we will build on it to discuss climate change in today’s multi-faceted environment.

The symposium will address the current and future impacts of climate change and examine how leaders in diverse fields, from environmental science and public policy to finance and communications, can influence our current climate trajectory.

Rather than an academic conference with speakers presenting formal papers, the symposium will provide a framework for understanding climate issues and engaging in a conversation with a range of climate leaders.

Symposium Speakers

  • Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, National Museum of Natural History (morning keynote)

  • Governor Martin O’Malley, 61st Governor of the State of Maryland (closing keynote)

  • Angela Fritz, meteorologist and Deputy Editor at The Washington Post (panel facilitator and discussion leader)

  • Kate Brown, Executive Director of Global Island Partnership

  • John Cook, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

  • Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States of America

  • Brenda Ekwurzel, Director of Climate Science at the Union of Concerned Scientists

  • Kate Johnson, Chief of the Green Building and Climate Branch, District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment

  • Marcus D. King, Senior Fellow, Center for Climate and Security

  • Chris McWhinney, Founder and CEO of Millennium Reign Energy

  • Tom Peterson, President and CEO of Center for Climate Strategies


The event will be live-streamed. Please register for "Livestream Registration for Remote Viewers" to receive the livestream link.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcome, but please note there is no child care at this event. Make plans accordingly as needed.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is extremely limited nearby. Attendees are strongly encouraged to use public transportation, Uber, or Lyft. The closest metro station is Foggy Bottom-GWU.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Dr. Jennifer da Rosa at .

What's the refund policy?

This is a free symposium.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Bringing your printed ticket to the event will make checking in a little faster, but it is not required.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

It is okay if the name on your ticket doesn't match the person who attends. Be sure to inform the people at the registration desk when checking-in who is actually attending so their records are updated.

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