Detailed Schedule

This event will bring together Project Drawdown and the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) to present the latest scientific research and real-world actions to achieve the regenerative future we want. 

The event is scheduled for 5 days, between January 5-9, 2021. The first half (January 5-7) of the conference will be facilitated by NCSE and will focus on the physical and social realities of a changing climate and the way this impacts people, ecosystems, markets, and the places people live. The latter half (January 7-9) of the conference will be facilitated by Project Drawdown with an objective to share the latest knowledge on climate solutions, and their effective communication and implementation to bring research to action.

Please note that all times are listed in Eastern Time.

Focus: Physical & social realities of a changing climate

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Co-Host Day

Focus: Latest knowledge on solutions and actions

Material presented by both organizations

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Monday

 

Monday January 4, 2021

Asynchronous Watch Day
Naming the Future We Want

At your leisure

Asynchronous Material

Recorded presentations by keynote and plenary speakers, concurrent session presenters, flash talk presenters, and poster presenters will be available for watching. Attendees will be able to ask questions and share reactions during the live sessions during the conference.

Tuesday

 

Tuesday January 5, 2021

 
Heat, Water, Systems & Solutions: Understanding Where We are Now

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Asynchronous watching time

10:00–11:00 a.m.

Networking

11:00–11:05 a.m.

NCSE Welcome

Valerie Luzadis, Chair, NCSE Board of Directors; Professor, The State University of New York, ESF

11:05–11:20 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Michelle Wyman, Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment

  • Chad Frischmann, Senior Director of Research and Technology, Project Drawdown

11:20–11:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote | Scaling Up Solutions to Global Environmental Challenges: Critical Roles for Scientific Research

Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme

11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Transition

12:00–12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Panel Live Q&A Sessions

Concurrent Panel Sessions are hybrid style sessions. Attendees can select pre-recorded panel discussions to view at any time, then engage in live moderated Q&A sessions with the panels during scheduled times.


See all Concurrent Sessions

12:30–1:00 p.m.

Break

1:00–2:30 p.m.

Open Engagement Hours - Q&A for Flash Talks, Poster Presentations, and Virtual Exhibit Hall

Open Engagement Hours are an opportunity to explore Flash Talks, Poster Presentations, and Virtual Exhibits. Attendees can “drop in” to ask presenters questions.

2:30–3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00–4:00 p.m.

John H. Chafee Memorial Lecture on Science, Policy, and the Environment |
Indigenous Knowledge & Western Science: Collaboration, Relationship, and Climate Solutions

Introductory Remarks 


  • Valerie Luzadis, Chair, NCSE Board of Directors; Professor, The State University of New York, ESF


Presenters 



Moderator


  • Laura Weiland, Senior Advisor for Special Projects, National Council for Science and the Environment

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Learn more about the John H. Chafee Memorial Lecture on Science, Policy, and the Environment

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Networking and Pathway Synthesis Workshops (Pathways A-E)

Learn more about Thematic Pathways

Wednesday
 

 

Wednesday January 6, 2021

Heat, Water, Systems & Solutions: Science to Chart the Path

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Asynchronous watching time

10:00–10:45a.m.

Networking

10:45–11:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote | Science & Local Water Solutions

Lynda Hopkins, District 5 Supervisor, County of Sonoma, CA

11:00–11:50 a.m.

Plenary Panel
Risk, Stress, and Scarcity: Water Challenges on a Planet Under Pressure

Presenters


  • Sandra Postel, Director, Global Water Policy Project

  • Karim Ahmed, Secretary-Treasurer, NCSE Board of Directors; Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut Health Center



Moderator


11:50 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Transition

12:00–12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Panel Live Q&A Sessions

Concurrent Panel Sessions are hybrid style sessions. Attendees can select pre-recorded panel discussions to view at any time, then engage in live moderated Q&A sessions with the panels during scheduled times.


See all Concurrent Sessions 

12:30–1:00 p.m.

Break

1:00–2:30 p.m.

Open Engagement Hours - Q&A for Flash Talks, Poster Presentations, and Virtual Exhibit Hall

Open Engagement Hours are an opportunity to explore Flash Talks, Poster Presentations, and Virtual Exhibits. Attendees can “drop in” to ask presenters questions.

2:30–3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00–4:00 p.m.

NCSE Lifetime Achievement Award | Keynote Remarks

Introductory Remarks


  • Erica Goldman, Deputy Director, National Council for Science and the Environment


Award Recipients


  • Warren Washington, Distinguished Scholar, National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research 

  • Award presented by Jim Buizer, Interim Director of the Arizona Institutes for Resilient Environment and Societies, University of Arizona


  • Christiana Figueres, Founding Partner, Global Optimism; Former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 

  • Award presented by Tom Lovejoy, Professor, George Mason University; Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation


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Read more about the award

4:00–5:00 p.m.

Networking and Pathway Synthesis Workshops (Pathways F-I)

Learn more about Thematic Pathways

Thursday

 

Thursday January 7, 2021

 
Naming the Future We Want

Day 3 will transition from NCSE to Drawdown programmatic content. Prior to the transition, NCSE will feature 6 concurrent sessions, a student poster session (25 posters), Exhibit Hall, and a student career workshop

Naming the Future We Want

10:00–10:45 a.m.

Networking

Naming the Future We Want

10:45–11:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote | Role of Technology in Accelerating Science and Solutions for a Planet Under Pressure

Amy Luers, Global Lead, Sustainability Science, Microsoft

Naming the Future We Want

11:00–11:50 a.m.

Plenary Panel | Pandemic Perspectives: Global Health in Altered Ecosystems

Presenters

  • Peter Schlosser, Vice President and Vice Provost, Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University

  • Serena Sowers, Senior Client Manager and Vice President in the Public Sector Solutions Division, Swiss Re


Moderator

  • Randy Burd, Board Director, NCSE; Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Long Island University

Naming the Future We Want

11:50 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Transition

Naming the Future We Want

12:00–12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Panel Live Q&A Sessions

Concurrent Panel Sessions are hybrid style sessions. Attendees can select pre-recorded panel discussions to view at any time, then engage in live moderated Q&A sessions with the panels during scheduled times.


See all Concurrent Sessions

Naming the Future We Want

12:30–1:00 p.m.

Break

Naming the Future We Want

1:00–2:30 p.m.

Open Engagement Hours- Q&A for Student Poster Presentations and Virtual Exhibit Hall

Thursday's Open Engagement Hours are an opportunity to explore Student Poster Presentations and Virtual Exhibits. Attendees can “drop in” to ask presenters questions.

Naming the Future We Want

Student Career Workshop

Presenters

  • Jim Barrett, Principal, Barrett Economics

  • Sarah Brady, Deputy Director, California Council on Science and Technology

  • Carly Carroll, Vice President of Business Initiatives, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Wells Fargo

  • Laura Helmuth, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific American

  • Dionne Toombs, Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist, United States Department of Agriculture

Naming the Future We Want

2:30–3:00 p.m.

Break

Naming the Future We Want

3:00–3:15 p.m.

Linking Arms for the Future we Want

  • Chad Frischmann, Senior Director of Research & Technology, Project Drawdown 

  • Michelle Wyman, Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)

Naming the Future We Want

3:15–3:35 p.m.

Keynote | Inclusive sustainability, and the need to integrate Indigenous Peoples and Scientific knowledge

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)

Naming the Future We Want

3:35–4:30p.m.

Naming the Goal: creating a regenerative future today. Perspectives from around the world

Naming the Future We Want

4:30–4:35p.m.

The Seastars Performance

Naming the Future We Want

4:35–5:05p.m.

Keynote | Building a Regenerative Future: Science and Solutions for People and Planet

Chad Frischmann, Senior Director of Research and Technology, Project Drawdown

Naming the Future We Want

5:05 –5:15p.m.

Closing Remarks: Welcome Home!

Naming the Future We Want

5:15–5:45p.m.

Naming the Future We Want - AY Young Performance

AY Young, Performer, batterytour.com and Young Leader for the UN SDGs


Learn more

Friday
 

 

Friday January 8, 2021

Solutions for People and Planet

Day 4 will focus on the latest research and science supporting solutions for people and the planet.

Naming the Future We Want

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.

Welcome to Day of Drawdown Research

Naming the Future We Want

9:10 - 9:40 a.m.

Keynote | Solutions for a Regenerative Economy that Works for All

Kate Raworth, Co-founder, Doughnut Economics Action Lab


Naming the Future We Want

9:40 - 11:00 a.m.

The Latest Research for People and Planet

Explore a variety of prerecorded Project Drawdown hosted sessions focused around the theme of "Latest Research", each 30-40 minutes.


These pre-recorded sessions are designed to share the latest knowledge on climate solutions and how they connect to co-benefits for people and the planet. We invite you to explore how numerous solutions span systems, connect people to the planet, and their potential.


This is an opportunity to choose your own adventure! Review the content and videos below that are most interesting to you (or watch them all).


As you explore solutions and the co-benefits they provide, we encourage you to develop big ideas for how we can further the science and research behind the solutions for people and planet. You will get to share and develop ideas during the Peer-to-Peer Brainstorming Sessions. Later, you will get to create action plans for these ideas so you and other conference participants can begin to make them a reality.

Naming the Future We Want

11:00 - 11:05 a.m.

Brainstorming Briefing

Naming the Future We Want

11:05 - 12:20 p.m.

Peer-to-Peer Brainstorming Session

The goal of today’s session is to identify big ideas that further the science and research behind the solutions for people and planet. This is your opportunity to share ideas inspired by everything you’ve heard during the conference thus far and, later today, to co-create action plans with your fellow participants to make these ideas a reality. During this session, you and your small group will share your ideas, identify connections between them, and recommend one idea as a potential topic for a Collaborative Action Group later this afternoon.

Naming the Future We Want

12:20 - 12:25 p.m.

Break

Naming the Future We Want

12:25 - 1:20 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Following a prompted walk/stretch/guided activity, participants will be assigned to a virtual lunch table.

Naming the Future We Want

1:20 - 1:35 p.m.

Stretch and Get Some Fresh Air

Don't get zoom exhausted! 


Take a break from the screen, then come back to join us for an engaging afternoon of collaboration, keynotes and performances. 

Naming the Future We Want

1:35 - 2:35 p.m.

Plenary Q&A Session for Speaker-Participant Discussion

Plenary speakers will share their insights and guidance with the audience. They will reflect on some of the ideas and questions generated during the Peer-to-Peer Brainstorming groups and will provide guidance, resources, and suggestions participants should consider during the Collaborative Action Groups later in the day.

Naming the Future We Want

2:35 - 2:45 p.m.

Break and sign-up for Collaborative Action Groups session

Naming the Future We Want

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Collaborative Action Groups Session

The goal of today’s session is to begin developing an action plan for a big idea that furthers the science and research behind the solutions for people and planet. When developing the action plan, we encourage you to focus on how you and your fellow group members can bring this idea to life. Before leaving the group, you and every member of your group should have at least one action you plan to take after the conference.

Naming the Future We Want

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Break (15 min)

Naming the Future We Want

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Keynotes - Vision for the Future We Want

Change Framing the 21st Century Economic Growth Agenda

Joyashree Roy, Bangabandhu Chair Professor at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and Professor of Economics at Jadavpur University & National Fellow, INCSSR

Naming the Future We Want

A Generous Economy for Spaceship Earth

Amanda Ravenhill, Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute

Naming the Future We Want

4:45 - 5:55 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Mamta Mehra, Senior Fellow, Land Use & Research Program Officer

Saturday
 

 

Saturday January 9, 2021

Creating the Future We Choose
Naming the Future We Want

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.

Welcome to the Day of Drawdown Action

Crystal Chissell, Senior Director of Partnerships, Project Drawdown

Naming the Future We Want

9:10 - 9:40 a.m.

Keynotes

Drawdown 2.0: Accelerating Solutions

Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, Project Drawdown

Naming the Future We Want

Science is our Superpower

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment

Naming the Future We Want

9:40 - 11:00 a.m.

Call-to-Action to Create the Future We Choose

Explore a variety of prerecorded Project Drawdown hosted sessions focused around the theme of "Call to Action", each 30-40 minutes.


These pre-recorded sessions are designed to share the possibilities and opportunities - ‘calls to action - for us to create the future we choose. We invite you to explore real actions taking place today to accelerate solutions for people and planet. Learn about the Drawdown Global Research Collaborative and Solutions Platform, how to get engaged with Drawdown Labs and Drawdown Learn, how we can come together to build a global intersectional environmental narrative, how we can reimagine the climate for climate solutions, and many more means of catalyzing action.

This is an opportunity to choose your own adventure! Review the content and videos below that are most interesting to you (or watch them all).

As you explore these possibilities and opportunities, we encourage you to develop big ideas for how we can accelerate the implementation and adoption of solutions. You will get to share and develop ideas during the Peer to Peer Brainstorming Sessions. Later, you will get to create action plans for these ideas so you and other conference participants can begin to make them a reality.

Naming the Future We Want

11:00 - 11:05 p.m.

Brainstorming Briefing

Naming the Future We Want

12:20 - 12:25 p.m.

Break

Naming the Future We Want

11:05 - 12:20 p.m.

Peer-to-Peer Brainstorming Session

The goal of today’s session is to identify big ideas that can accelerate the implementation and adoption of solutions. This is your opportunity to share ideas inspired by everything you’ve heard during the conference thus far and, later today, to co-create action plans with your fellow participants to make these ideas a reality. During this session, you and your small group will brainstorm ideas and recommend one idea as a potential topic for a Collaborative Action Group later this afternoon.

Naming the Future We Want

12:25 - 1:20 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Following a prompted walk/stretch/guided activity, participants will be assigned to a virtual lunch table

Naming the Future We Want

1:20 - 1:35 p.m.

Stretch & Get Some Fresh Air!

Don't get zoom exhausted!


Take a break from the screen, then come back to join us for an engaging afternoon of collaboration, keynotes and performances.

Naming the Future We Want

1:35 - 2:35 p.m.

Plenary Q&A Session for Speaker-Participant Discussion

Plenary speakers will share their insights and guidance with the audience. They will reflect on some of the ideas and questions generated during the Peer-to-Peer Brainstorming groups and will provide guidance, resources, and suggestions participants should consider during the Collaborative Action Groups later in the day.

Naming the Future We Want

2:34 - 2:45 p.m.

Break and selection of Collaborative Action Groups session

Naming the Future We Want

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Collaborative Action Groups Session

The goal of today’s session is to begin developing an action plan for a big idea that will accelerate the implementation and adoption of solutions. When developing the action plan, we encourage you to focus on how you and your fellow group members can bring this idea to life. Before leaving the group, you and every member of your group should have at least one action you plan to take after the conference.

Naming the Future We Want

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Break (15 min)

Naming the Future We Want

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Keynotes - Creating the Future We Choose

A New Business Model for a Regenerative Future

Christian Kroll, CEO of Ecosia

Naming the Future We Want

Indigenous Perspectives for a Regenerative Future

Naming the Future We Want

4:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Naming the Future We Want

4:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Closing Ceremony

Day 5 will focus on the actions required to accelerate the adoption of these solutions.