New Science Policy Conference Speakers Confirmed; Early Registration Ending Soon

20 May 2013
AGU Science Policy Alert 13-26

The 2013 AGU Science Policy Conference (24-26 June) is nearing, and several new speakers have been confirmed. Two of those speakers, Kevin Book and Lora Fleming, are highlighted below:

Kevin BookKevin_Book

  • Panel: Emerging Issues in U.S. Onshore Energy
  • Topic: Energy
  • Organization: ClearView Energy Partners, LLC
  • Kevin Book will offer insight that he has gained as the head of the research team at Washington, D.C.-based ClearView Energy Partners, LLC, an independent firm that provides U.S. and international energy policy information to institutional investors and corporate strategists. Book’s research covers macro trends in oil, natural gas, coal and biofuels, among other key issues.

Lora FlemingLora_Fleming

  • Panel: The Changing Ocean and Impacts on Human Health
  • Topic: Oceans
  • Organization: University of Exeter Medical School
  • As a physician and epidemiologist, professor Lora Fleming works in the areas of the oceans and human health, and of healthy/sustainable workplaces. With various interdisciplinary colleagues and groups, she has performed cutting edge research in the effects of harmful algal bloom toxins and microbial pollution on human health, along with health disparities in the workplace.

If you have not registered for the Science Policy Conference or secured housing yet, please note that earlyregistration and group housing rates end at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, 31 May. With a theme of, “Preparing for Our Future,” The conference will explore how the Earth and space sciences can better prepare communities for a changing climate, support the national economy through innovation, and protect the health and safety of humans and the environment around the globe.

The Science Policy Conference will include, among other events, topical discussion within six vital areas that are at the interface of science and policy. For example, The Science of Recent Severe Weather Eventssession is a part of the topic series on Hazards, and will explore the science and policies that can reduce future risk from natural disasters. This is an immensely important topic after last year’s major severe weather events, including Superstorm Sandy and the year-long Midwest and Great Plains drought, which combined to cost $100 billion. These extraordinary losses from recent natural disasters illustrate the need for science and policies to assist in developing effective responses that reduce the impacts of natural disasters. At present, each $1 spent on mitigation related to wind, flooding and earthquakes, leads to a $4.5 cost savings.

If you are interested in improving your ability to discuss your science with an array of audiences, make sure to attend the Science & Policy Communications Workshop. Experienced science communicators will provide tips and techniques for effective communication, and they will work with attendees to practice developing and delivering messages about their science. As the conference comes to an end, there will also be an opportunity to network with other participants and to continue discussions from the various sessions during the Poster Presentations and Networking Event.