AAP Climate Change Symposium

Changing by Degrees: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change
May 3, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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AAP Climate Change Symposium

Changing by Degrees: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change
May 3, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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

National Academy of Sciences Auditorium
2101 Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC

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.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Kirk Johnson, Director of the National Museum of Natural History (morning keynote)
  • Martin O’Malley, Former Governor of Maryland (closing keynote)
  • Angela Fritz, meteorologist, and deputy editor at the Washington Post (panel facilitator and discussion leader)
  • Martin Dahinden, Swiss Ambassador to the United States
  • Kate Brown, Executive Director, Global Island Partnership
  • John Cook, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
  • Brenda Ekwurzel, Senior Climate Scientist and Director of Climate Science, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Thomas Peterson, Director of the Center for Climate Strategies, JHU

More information will be added as details are finalized and additional speakers are confirmed. The event will be live-streamed.

Additional symposium activities:

Information/activity tables and poster sessions will highlight current JHU climate scholarship and action. All JHU faculty, students and alumni are invited to submit a proposal for a poster presentation. Please contact Dr. Jenn da Rosa at jdarosa@jhu.edu for details on submitting a poster session proposal.

There is no cost to attend the symposium, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.


U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Changing by Degrees: Steps To Reduce Greenhouse Gases, OTA-O-482 (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, February 1991).