The third annual AGU Science Policy Conference was held 16-18 June 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

This conference brought together policy makers and policy shapers; from local, state, and national government who bear the responsibility to implement policy; community and industry leaders; and scientists with vital research findings and perspective on what is happening today and what we might expect in the years ahead.

The challenges our society faces are increasingly extreme and complex, and they are growing at an unprecedented pace. Natural and human-caused hazards threaten public safety, undermine our economy and quality of life; we face tough choices to sustain natural resources and a vital economy; and the impact of climate change compels us to adapt and take measures to curtail its consequences.

Fortunately, the means to adapt to and lessen the impact of the challenges we face is within our reach.  We can all better understand and find feasible solutions by bringing together the right people to connect, learn from each other and shape solutions that can be implemented and built upon.

The goal of the conference is to create an on-going cycle of solution-focused dialogue that extends beyond the conference – one that is based on facts, real-world experience and relevant data from every perspective.

To learn more about the sessions and topics at the 2014 conference, search the program.