Schedule at a Glance


*Preliminary schedule. Sessions are subject to change.

Idea Expo
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
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.


Workshop I: Problem Definition
Workshop I will begin with several invited presentations followed by 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
Workshop II will also begin with invited presentations followed by 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
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
This plenary 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 Cross-Border Collaboration in the 21st Century
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.