12 June 2014

AGU Contacts:
Peter Weiss, +1 (202) 777-7507, pweiss@agu.org
Joan Buhrman, +1 (202) 777-7509, jbuhrman@agu.org
Nanci Bompey, +1 (202) 777-7524, nbompey@agu.org

*Media Advisory*

Scientists, Policymakers, Industry Leaders Gather for American Geophysical Union’s Policy Conference
Conference Will Address Issues Impacting the American Economy and Public Safety, Including Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Natural Resources


What: 2014 AGU Science Policy Conference

When and Where: 17 – 18 June 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Highlighted Speakers:

–          U.S. Representatives Donna Edwards (D-Md.-4th), Jim Moran (D-Va.-8th), and Scott Peters (D-Calf.-52nd) (plenary session on Tues.);

–          U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (keynote remarks on Wed.);

–          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 (plenary session on Wed.); and

–          18 sessions featuring more than 90 experts from leading research institutions, federal and state agencies, industry, and NGOs.

Press Conferences On Research Presented at the Conference:

NOTE: All press conferences will take place in the Media Availability Room, 149B. There will NOT be remote access for reporters who are not attending the conference.

–          Is 97 percent agreement on climate change a robust consensus?: Tuesday, 17 June, 10:15 A.M – 11:15 A.M.

–          Initial scientific findings from the Oso, Washington landslide: Tuesday, 17 June, 2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

–          Climate change and the U.S. Atlantic sea scallop fishery: Wednesday, 18 June, 10:15 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

–          Adjusting the thermostat on urban heat waves: Wednesday, 18 June, 2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Conference Topics:

–          Climate Change Energy Outlook and Climate Preparedness;

–          Disaster Preparedness and Flooding;

–          21st Century Resources and National Water Policy;

–          Science in the U.S. Congress; and

–          Public Private Science Partnerships.

Members of the media, including print, broadcast, and online journalists, as well as public information officers, may register online through 12 June, or onsite at the conference. Registrants will receive, at no charge, a badge that provides access to all of the plenaries, sessions, and press conferences of the meeting, as well as to the press room. Visit the SPC Media Center for more information.

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