AAP Climate Change Symposium

AAP Climate Change SymposiumA one-day symposium organized by the Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs and hosted by the National Academy of Sciences.

May 3, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT

National Academy of Sciences Auditorium
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

In 1991, the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (now defunct) issued a path-breaking report at the request of Congress, Changing by Degrees: Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gases. Twenty-eight years later, the effects of climate change are ever more evident—and the need to combat them more urgent. We honor the 1991 report by adopting its title, and we will build on it to discuss climate change in today’s multi-faceted environment.

The symposium will address the current and future impacts of climate change and examine how leaders in diverse fields, from environmental science and public policy to finance and communications, can influence our current climate trajectory.

Rather than an academic conference with speakers presenting formal papers, the symposium will provide a framework for understanding climate issues and engaging in a conversation with a range of climate leaders.

Keynote Speakers

  • Martin O’Malley, Former Governor of Maryland
    Seizing America’s Renewable Energy Future
  • Kirk Johnson, Director of the National Museum of Natural History
    The Relevance of Deep-Time Climate

Other Confirmed Speakers

  • Angela Fritz (panel moderator) Meteorologist and Deputy Editor, The Washington Post
  • Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland
  • Kate Brown, Executive Director, Global Island Partnership
  • John Cook, Research Scientist, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
  • Brenda Ekwurzel, Senior Climate Scientist and Director of Climate Science, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Thomas Peterson, President and CEO, the Center for Climate Strategies; and faculty, Johns Hopkins University Energy Policy & Climate Program

More information will be added as details are finalized and additional speakers are confirmed. The event will be live-streamed.

Additional symposium activities:

Information/activity tables and poster sessions will highlight current JHU climate scholarship and action. All JHU faculty, students and alumni are invited to submit a proposal for a poster presentation. Please contact Dr. Jenn da Rosa at jdarosa@jhu.edu for details on submitting a poster session proposal.


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There is no cost to attend the symposium, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

Directions and Parking

For directions to the National Academy of Sciences, please find more information here. The closest metro station is Foggy Bottom-GWU. There is limited parking near the National Academy of Sciences.


U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Changing by Degrees: Steps To Reduce Greenhouse Gases, OTA-O-482 (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, February 1991). https://www.princeton.edu/~ota/disk1/1991/9111/9111.PDF