The third-annual Global Climate Action Symposium will bring together a wide range of experts to showcase climate change solutions informed by local and global scientists, engineers, business and policy experts, student leaders, and artists. Jointly sponsored by Georgia Tech and 6 European consulates during European Climate Diplomacy Week, the event will be held in a fully online, virtual format.
At a Glance
Live events will take place on September 27, 28, and 29 from 9:00am – 2:00pm Eastern. Recordings will be made available after the Symposium.
The 2021 Symposium is free and open to all. The Symposium will take place in a virtual, online format.
- September 27 | Sustainable Food
- September 28 | Climate & Health
- September 29 | UN Ocean’s Decade
Full agenda available here
Selected Key Events
September 27: Sustainable Food Systems
Keynote Discussion | Alice Rolls & Max Grünig
Join Alice Rolls, CEO of Georgia Organics in conversation with Max Gruenig, Senior Policy Advisor for EG3 for a keynote discussion on sustainable food both in the US and globally.
Panel Discussion | Urban Farming
Discuss the future of sustainable urban farming with expert panelists from Atlanta USA, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium
-Dr. Nina Wolff, Chair of Slow Food Germany
-Mark E. Zahran, Co-Founder and CEO of Yasai Vertical Gardens
-Sagdrina Jalal, Senior Director of Community Innovation at the Center for Civic Innovation
-Mario Cambardella, Founder of ServeScape
Lightning Talks | September 27
-Call to Action with Faatiha Aayat
-Exploring the Georgia Climate Project
-Repurposing Wasted Food with Concrete Jungle
-Sustainable Farming Solutions with the Inga Foundation
MasterClass | Changing the Food System, One Smoothie at a Time
Come change the food system while learning to make a delicious, seasonal smoothie with Concrete Jungle!
-Dr. Iris Haberkorn on producing microalgae sustainably.
-Kanaha Shoji on new technologies to reduce food waste.
-Concrete Jungle on using regional, seasonal food & a smoothie tutorial.
September 28: Climate & Health
Keynote Lecture | Maike Voss
Explore what a changing climate means for health with Maike Voss, an associate and the head of the Global Health Governance Research Team at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP). Discuss global health governance and sustainable development as well as the interdependencies between health and security policy, including the intersection of these topics with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Panel Discussion | Climate & Health
Discuss the global and local health implications of a changing climate with Atlanta-based and European experts.
-Dr. Christina H. Fuller, Associate Professor at Georgia State University
-Dr. Frederic Keck, Director of Research at the Laboratory of Social Anthropology
-Dr. Frederik Van den Broeck, Senior Researcher at KU Leuven
-Moderated by Ciaretta Profas, Curacao Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Health, Environment & Nature
Lightning Talks | September 28
-Biking with Dope Pedalers
-Monitoring Air Quality at Georgia Tech | Zahra Shivji
-UrbanHeatATL: Mapping Atlanta’s HotSpots with Community Scientists
-Exploring The West-Atlanta Watershed Alliance
September 29: UN Ocean’s Decade
Keynote Lecture | Dr. Dawn Wright
Join Dr. Dawn Wright, a preeminent oceanographer, Chief Scientist at Esri, and Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University, for an inspiring keynote lecture on our oceans.
Panel Discussion: Equitable Coastal Solutions
Discuss the impact of climate change on coastal communities, and learn about cutting-edge equitable coastal solutions.
-Saskia Pardaans, Senior Advisor on Infrastructure and Water Management at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
-Dr. Robert Nicholls, Professor of Climate Adaptation & Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia
-Dr. Cornelia Nauen, President of Mundus maris
-Moderated by Jill Gambill, Faculty and coastal resilience specialist for the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
Lightning Talks | September 29
-Call to Action with Youth4OceanAction
-Greywater in the Kendeda Building with Donald Gee
-Global Ocean Solutions with Ocean Visions
-The Rising Tides with Smart Sea Level Sensors
Climate Art Contest Awards
Students from around the world have submitted original creative works to be judged by an expert jury. Celebrate the conclusion of the Symposium by hearing the winners announced by judges:
-Manon Bellet, French Artist
-Marisa Becker, Founder of EKOLOGISKA MAG
-Dr. Amanda Weiss, Assistant Professor of Japanese at Georgia Institute of Technology
Call for Student Submissions
Submit a Lightning Talk | Deadline August 15
Record and submit a 3-minute talk exploring one of the three themes of the week, and have it showcased to a global audience during the Symposium. We seek submissions about student projects, original student research, student-led initiatives, and other student-related activities related to climate change. All submissions will be displayed online. Top submissions will be played during the Symposium.Learn more
Student Art Contest | Deadline August 15
What does climate change look like to you? How does it influence the mediums you work with or create? What observations have you made from working with changing mediums? How can we represent climate data with art? We are looking for creative pieces at the nexus of art and science- as art not only communicates climate science, but acts as a vital way of observing and documenting our changing climate.Learn more
Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice
Agnes Scott College’s second annual Women’s Global Leadership Conference will convene internationally recognized scholars, private sector experts, political leaders, and community activists to engage in intentional conversations, form innovative partnerships for addressing climate injustice, and develop creative strategies for building more resilient communities. Learn more
Details: Sept. 23- 25, 2021 | Agnes Scott College
Climate Crisis & Contemporary Culture: Beethoven – Pastoral and Tropic Ice
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience renowned German photographer and visual artist Barbara Dombrowski’s “Tropic Ice” photographs as a digital photo exhibition set to the music of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, his 6th symphony known as an “expression of nature”. This in-person event will take place in the Atlanta area in a socially-distanced outdoor setting, and is free to attend. Learn more
Details: Sept. 25, 2021 | Palmetta, Georgia
A Blue Sky Hero Citizen Science Webinar: How Georgia Tech is Tackling Urban Heat Islands
Tune in for an ScIC-inspired session with the experts from PocketLab and Georgia Tech. We’ll be chatting about:
- The importance of the UrbanHeatATL project and how it’s contributing to climate change solutions.
- Why PocketLab Weathers and Notebook are a big part of this exciting project.
- How administrators, teachers, and students can join the fight against climate change and become Blue Sky Heroes.
Details: Sept. 23, 2021 | Online
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