28 May 2014

AGU Contacts:

Peter Weiss, +1 (202) 777-7507, pweiss@agu.org
Joan Buhrman, +1 (202) 777-7509, jbuhrman@agu.org

*Media Advisory*

AGU Science Policy Conference to Address How Scientific Discovery Can Inform Public Policy
Topics Include Asteroid and Urban Mining, Flood Reinsurance Programs and the National Water Policy; Remarks by Secretary Jewell


WHO:        The American Geophysical Union (AGU) will host hundreds of scientists, policymakers, and industry leaders for its third annual Science Policy Conference. AGU is a not-for-profit society representing more than 62,000 Earth and space scientists in 142 countries.

WHAT:      AGU’s Science Policy Conference offers a platform for scientists and policy makers to collaborate with community leaders on a wide range of challenges facing the American economy, public safety, and national security. The conference will feature United States Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and dozens of other eminent speakers from government, scientific institutions and societies, universities, environmental organizations, industry, and agriculture, in tracks, covering: Climate Preparedness, Disaster Preparedness, Elements of a National Water Policy, Climate Change Energy Outlook, Flooding Risks, and 21st Century Resources. Its two cross-cutting plenaries and nearly 20 individual sessions, include:

  • Plenary, Policy Perspectives: The Future of Science in the U.S. Congress: Panelists – U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.-4th); U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.-8th); and U.S. Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calf.-52nd).
  • Plenary, The Business of Science: Is Public Investment Driving Private Innovation?: Opening remarks by Sally Jewell, U. S. Interior Secretary. Panelists – Kate Gordon, Executive Director, Risky Business; Tom Kimbis, Vice President, External Relations, Solar Energy Industries Association; and Peter Marquez, Vice President for Global Engagement, Planetary Resources and former space advisor for presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
  • Session, Climate Change Energy Outlook: Practical Policy Solutions: Margot Anderson, Executive Director, Energy Project, Bipartisan Policy Center; Robert Diznoff, Senior Energy Policy Advisor, Office of U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.); Alice Madden, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Intergovernmental & External Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy; Carol Werner, Executive Director, Environmental & Energy Study Institute; and Franz Wuerfmannsdobler, Senior Energy Policy Advisor, Office of U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).
  • Session, Disaster Preparedness: Mitigating Risk: Anne Kierig, Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.); Jeff Rubin, Emergency Manager, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue; Jim Schwab, Senior Research Associate, American Planning Association; and Ellis Stanley Sr., Executive Vice President, Hammerman & Gainer International.
  • Session, 21st Century Resources: Going to Extremes: Rodney Cluck, Chief, Division of Environmental Sciences, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Peter Marquez, Vice President, Global Engagement, Planetary Resources; Tim Reinhardt, Physical Scientist and Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Geothermal Technologies Program; and Mike Watson, Strategic Account Director, Electronic Recyclers International, Inc.

Full Conference Agenda and Speakers

WHEN:      17 – 18 June 2014

WHERE:    Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl., NW, Washington, D.C.

Members of the news media including print, broadcast and online journalists, as well as public information officers, may register online by 5 June, or onsite at the conference.

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