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: 

Nigel Moore

Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

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

ETH Zurich

Daniel Heyen is a postdoctoral researcher in economics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. 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

Indiana University, & Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
United States

Ben Kravitz is an expert in climate modeling studies of solar geoengineering.  He is the co-founder and coordinator of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP), a collaboration between climate modeling centers throughout the world to better understand the expected climate effects of various geoengineering scenarios.  Results from GeoMIP are featured in the Fifth and Sixth IPCC assessment reports, for which Ben serves as a contributing author, the 2015 National Research Council reports on climate intervention, and recent testimony to Congress.  Ben is an assistant professor at Indiana University in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and he maintains a joint appointment in the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  In addition to coordinating and participating in GeoMIP, his current activities include using engineering and mathematical techniques in climate models to better understand climate feedbacks, studying teleconnections in high latitude climate, and developing climate model emulators for use in Integrated Assessment Models.

Oliver Morton

The Economist
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.