The programme will consist of short lectures, panel discussions, interviews and Q&A sessions. This way teachers, Nobel Laureates, scientists and speakers will be given the opportunity to come together for mutual learning.
In order to deal with climate change, we need to know the facts and the risks but also be given the tools to act in constructive ways. Johan Rockström is a climate scientist who apart from his scientific work has also been active in explaining the causes and consequences of climate change to the public. 10 years ago he led the work on formulating the Planetary Boundaries-framework, which sets up a model for the limits in which we need to keep our environmental impact if we are to avoid catastrophic changes and disruptions. After working many years at the Stockholm Resilience Center, Rockström is currently the joint director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure, the USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Japan, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. McNutt led a team of government scientists and engineers at BP headquarters in Houston who helped contain the oil and cap the well. She directed the flow rate technical group that estimated the rate of oil discharge during the spill’s active phase. For her contributions, she was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. McNutt is a veteran of more than a dozen deep-sea expeditions, on most of which she was chief or co-chief scientist.
Mitalene Fletcher is Director of PreK–12 and International Programs at Professional Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Her current work involves designing learning experiences for education leaders across the K–16 spectrum, and she co-chairs HGSE’s Think Tank on Global Education, which is designed to advance global competency in K–12 schooling. Fletcher began her career teaching secondary school history and drama in Toronto, Canada, and in summer abroad programs in the U.K. and France. She received her B.A.(Hons) and B.Ed. from Queen’s University in Canada and her Ph.D. in International Education and Development from New York University.
Nobel Laureates and more speakers to be announced soon.