To find more climate and sustainability-related events at CU and throughout our Boulder community, see the Boulder.Earth Calendar.

Upcoming Events

March 6 - Bringing science to the table - Engaged Scientists lecture and workshop - presented by the Bartlett Center
  • Panel discussion 4:00-5:00 p.m., 6 March, CIRES Auditorium (Ekeley room 338) on main campus
  • Workshop 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Ekeley

Are you driven to make your science more directly useful to the public and decision making? Join scientists from the Western Water Assessment on March 6 to delve into doing usable science. A public talk will be followed by an intensive workshop for early-career scientists. While the workshop is designed for graduate students and postdocs, but others interested in producing usable science are welcome to join. See more on the CIRES website, and register for the workshop via Surveymonkey.

March 15 - WiSE Science Communication Symposium - presented by Women in Science and Engineering

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) is proud to announce the fourth annual WiSE Science Communication Symposium to take place on Friday, March 15, 2019. We are looking for presenters (grad students and postdocs) of all genders from a variety of STEM backgrounds to present at the symposium. Presenters will give a 10-minute TED talk-style presentation describing their research in a way that is understandable to the general public. These talks will not include raw data, extensive slides, or scientific jargon, but rather address big-picture questions and engage the audience. The goal of these presentations is to have fun and get people excited about your research. If you're interested in being a presenter, please prepare an abstract and submit via this survey by 5:00 p.m., 8 February. You will be notified if your abstract is selected by 12 February, and those selected will be called to do a practice talk (in person or via Skype) in front of the Selection Committee. Symposium Presenters will be notified by 22 February.

If you do not wish to present, but you are interested in volunteering to help with the Symposium, contact Hayley Sohn at for more information.

We hope to see you and hear your science stories at the Symposium!
Through April - WILD|TAME exhibition - presented by NEST Studio for the Arts

Visit the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Community (SEEC) South Atrium and gallery hallway to see WILD|TAME, a new exhibition intersecting earth science and art. The works in WILD|TAME exist at the interface of the undomesticated and the acclimatized, the primal and the pacified. As humans we try to make sense of the natural world, at once agent and observer: at the front line of an indiscriminate wildfire; in the sway of cellular replication; at the controls of a remote TundraCam; or at the edge of the ocean, coexisting in the stillness of sand and crash of the waves. Artists and scientists worked together as NEST Studio for the Arts graduate fellows, to generate pieces based in research happening in SEEC.

December 2018 - AGU session for engaged scientists

With Max Boykoff of Inside the Greenhouse, The Bartlett Center convened a session at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in Washington, D. C. in December 2018. Titled “Engaged scientists: Personal and professional climate action by climate change researchers,” the session brought together leading researchers around the questions: How do personal climate actions influence the professional credibility of climate researchers? How can scientists be trusted voices and also change agents?

Scientists who study dimensions of climate change may ponder how our personal actions and commitments cohere and/or conflict with professional efforts. In the current high-stakes, high-profile and highly-politicized discussions of climate science and policy, our private behaviors are more frequently scrutinized in public space. This scrutiny can spill into claims about researcher credibility, appropriate roles, and the level of responsibility scientists have for being visible leaders in climate action. Presenters will discuss challenges and opportunities associated with this state of affairs. They will also consider how researchers’ actions can fit into and scale up to larger initiatives moving toward a sustainable society that are currently underway.

See an essay on Medium by Jane Zelikova and Rory Jacobson that they wrote after attending the session.