Dear Participants,

On behalf of the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), the Programs in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering and Environmental Policy and Culture (EPC), the Plant Biology and Conservation Program, the Alumnae of Northwestern University, and the Medill School of Journalism, I am delighted to welcome you to the 4th Annual Northwestern Climate Change Symposium.

The development of reliable knowledge about climate change and related topics is challenging given the volume of conflicting opnions that saturate our information byways.  The main goal of the Northwestern Climate Change Symposium is to bring expert speakers to campus who can deliver up-to-date and accessible information to members of the Northwestern, Evanston, and Chicago-area communities.  We vary the specific focus of each symposium in order to cover a broad range of topics.

The speakers for the 2014 Symposium include experts on shale gas and fracking, geological storage of CO2, carbon capture and transport, biological carbon sequestration, geothermal use of supercritical carbon, and the overall technical and political challenges of carbon management.  A fitting title for this collection of talks seemed to be “The Future of Carbon.”  We look forward to hearing from our group of distingusihed scholars in order to improve our understanding of these important and often controversial topics.

Please join us for the entire day, or come by for just one talk - whatever your schedule permits.  On behalf of all the sponsors, I hope you will arrive with an open mind, take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers, and leave the event feeling better informed on these very important issues.

We look forward to seeing you on May 16th in the McCormick Tribune Forum!

Warm Regards,

Brad Sageman                                 and                        Dorothée Husson
Professor and Chair                      Post doctoral Scholar
Earth & Planetary Sciences              Earth & Planetary Sciences

Brad Sageman


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