Online Program

The online program is now available, with program highlights below.

Idea Expo (Open Monday-Wednesday)
The Idea Expo sessions provide an introductory opportunity for attendees to meet each other and learn more about their backgrounds and reasons for being at the Summit. Here, attendees can present posters on their science or programmatic activities, share resources, and engage in innovative conversations.  


Opening Session and Keynote Addresses

The Opening Session introduces participants to the ground rules of the meeting, describes the structure and their role in the discussions, and sets the goals.

Virtual Keynote Speakers

Jeffrey Sachs
Columbia University, USA
Jane O’Meara Sanders
The Sanders Institute, USA


Workshop I: Priority Definition
Kick-off Panel 

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Saleem Ali
University of Delaware, USA

Felix Kwabena Donkor

University South Africa, South Africa

Erika Ingvald 
Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning, Sweden
Fernando Jaramillo
Stockholm University, Sweden
Maria Uhle
National Science Foundation, USA

Following the panel, Workshop I will break participants into four concurrent sub-workshops defined by four key themes: 1) Energy and Minerals Sustainability; 2) Climate Change and Ocean- and Habitat-Health; 3) Water and Agricultural Production Sustainability; and 4) Environmental Hazards, Human Health, and Social Justice.  Each sub-workshop will explore and identify the major roadblocks, gaps in understanding, and choke points that prevent or hinder solutions.


Workshop II: Envisioning Solutions
Kick-off Panel

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Palmira Cuellar-Ramirez
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

David Curtiss
American Association of Petroleum Geologists, USA
Lawrence Diko Makia
University of Venda, South Africa
Janice Lachance
American Geophysical Union, USA
Sarah Sterling-Laldee
Paterson Board of Education, USA

Following the panel, Workshop II will also begin with the same themed sub-workshops, however participants are encouraged to try attending a new sub-workshop. Workshop II will explore and identify options on how to strengthen and broaden conversations across communities to improve the efficiency of cross-boundary coordination and engagement to inform solutions.


Workshop III: Turning Solutions into Actions
Kick-off Panel

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Roger Frechette
Interface Engineering, USA
Brandon Lewis
Ellen Metzger
San José State University, USA
Olof Taromi Sandström
Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning, Sweden

Following the panel, Workshop III will continue with the same themed sub-workshops to expand the dialogue and focus on solution-oriented actions that will overcome the identified barriers and roadblocks to pave a new path for success. Participants will weigh considerations related to transparency, access to resources, cultural differences, and more, to ensure the solutions are actionable.


Workshop IV: Piecing Together the Quilt
Kick-off Panel:

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Roger Abbott
The Faraday Institute for Science & Religion, UK
Yolanda Cole
Hickok Cole Architects, USA
Vincent Cronin
Baylor University, USA
Somya Joshi
Stockholm University, Sweden

Following the panel, this workshop will review the conclusions drawn from all of the sub-workshops and provide a facilitated open discussion of the challenges to building bridges and effecting collaborative solutions. As a group, participants will share conclusions and comments, summarize recommendations, and solicit progressive ideas to enhance collaboration. 


Workshop V: Crafting Effective Collaboration in the 21st Century
Kick-off Panel:

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Joel Gill
British Geological Survey, UK
Jeff Greenberg
Wheaton College, USA
Christine McEntee
American Geophysical Union, USA

Greg Wessel
Geology for the Public Interest, USA

Following the panel, the final plenary workshop will consider the conclusions already drawn and expand the view to include the larger framework of global development in general.  As a group, participants will review resilience and sustainability criteria, and meet two of the conference goals, namely: 1) Listing specific actions we can take now to improve connections between stakeholders and cross-border collaboration, and 2) Crafting a general model of how the collective efforts made at the Summit should proceed, with specific guidelines and criteria to meet sustainability goals.