3/6 UPDATE: Expressed interest has been phenomenal for this year's symposium; we expect a packed venue. If there are particular presentations that you are very interested in seeing, we strongly recommend that you try to arrive early; seating will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating with video projection will be available in the Forum lobby to accommodate any beyond-capacity crowds, if that challenge arises.


Dear Participants,

Yarrow Axford

On behalf of the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, and the Program in Environmental Policy and Culture (EPC), I am delighted to welcome you to the 3rd Northwestern Climate Change Symposium.

Identifying reliable information about climate change is challenging, and it is equally tough to find viable solutions to this global problem. Our goal for the Symposium is to help the members of the Northwestern, Evanston and Chicago-area communities sift through the often-conflicting accounts about climate change by hearing the latest information directly from researchers and professionals who are at the leading edge.

Speakers at the 2012 Symposium will address both the impacts of climate change and promising solutions. We are asking speakers to touch on a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to): What does Earth’s geologic past tell us about present-day climate change? How might climate change affect public health in the Chicago area? What creative approaches might allow cities like Chicago or Evanston to dramatically reduce their carbon dioxide emissions?

Please join us for the entire day, or even one talk - whatever your schedule may permit. I hope that you will arrive with an open mind, ask questions while you are here, and head home feeling engaged, better informed, and anxious to learn more.

We look forward to seeing you on March 8!

Warm Regards,
Yarrow Axford

Assistant Professor
Earth & Planetary Sciences

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