Town Hall: Looking forward

Thursday, 16:00 - 17:30

This final plenary session serves a dual purpose. It not only provides time to look back on the critical discussions we have had at CEC17 and to take stock of what we have learned, but it also gives us the opportunity to look ahead and consider the roles that CDR and SRM might play in future climate policy.  This will be an interactive session so come prepared to deliberate, discuss, and share your ideas for how things could and should be.

Convened by: 

Andy Parker

Organisation: 
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam
Country: 
Germany

Andy Parker is a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and the project director for the SRM Governance Initiative (SRMGI). He has a background in climate policy and has worked on solar geoengineering for over eight years, including as a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a senior policy adviser at the Royal Society. He was also a member of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s expert working group on geoengineering. 

Nigel Moore

Organisation: 
Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy
Country: 
Canada

Nigel Moore is Manager of Global Programs and Initiatives at the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, located at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He currently manages an international consortium of institutions working to address energy poverty with renewable energy solutions. Previously he spent five years in the field of climate engineering at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Germany), the Oxford Geoengineering Programme (UK) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada). The focus of his work on climate engineering is the governance of research, particularly the application of the principle of transparency through mechanisms of research disclosure. In his previous capacities he has created an online library of reference material on CE and has been involved in the organization of conferences, summer schools, workshops, and public seminars aimed at increasing the availability of reliable information about CE to interested publics and providing venues for deepened discussions amongst experts. He was also a member of the CEC14 Steering Committee.

Daniel Heyen

Organisation: 
London School of Economics
Country: 
United Kingdom

Daniel Heyen is a postdoctoral researcher in environmental economics. He is based at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. His research focuses mainly on the role of uncertainty and learning in environmental decision-making and the intergenerational and strategic challenges raised by climate engineering technologies. Daniel holds a PhD in Economics from Heidelberg University.

Ben Kravitz

Organisation: 
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Country: 
United States

Ben Kravitz is a climate scientist in the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  His research involves using climate models to understand climate response to perturbations on a variety of timescales.  Ben's focus is on climate model simulations of geoengineering.  He is the coordinator of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP), an international effort to understand the robust responses of climate models to standardized scenarios of geoengineering.

Oliver Morton

Organisation: 
The Economist
Country: 
United Kingdom

Oliver Morton writes about scientific and technological change and their effects. He concentrates particularly on the understanding and imagining of planetary processes. 

He is a senior editor at The Economist, responsible for the magazine’s briefings and essays. He was previously Chief News and Features Editor at Nature and editor of Wired UK, and has contributed to a wide range of other publications. He writes on subjects from quantum physics to synthetic biology to moviemaking; his articles have been anthologised and won awards.

He is the author of three books: Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World (2002), which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award; Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet (2007), a book of the year in The Spectator and the Times Literary Supplement; and The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World (2015), longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and shortlisted for the Royal Society Book Prize. In The Sunday Times Bryan Appleyard described it as “ambitious, enthralling and slightly strange”.

He is an honorary professor in Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at UCL and has a degree in the history and philosophy of science from Cambridge University. He lives with his wife in Greenwich, England, and Asteroid 10716 Olivermorton is named in his honour.