2017 Fate of the Earth

April 12, 2017 - April 13, 2017 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

In its fourth year, the Environmental Science and Policy Program's premier symposium series explores the challenges and opportunities we face in enhancing human well-being while protecting the environment. This symposium brings distinguished thinkers from around the world to explore what we know, what we need to know and what we must do as we move into a century of unprecedented environmental change, technological advancement and scale of human activity.

The event includes research focused seminars and discussion and emphasizes events and presentations that will speak to the broader MSU and Michigan community. This event is free and open to the public.

Speakers Day 1

  • Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water

  • Michael Mascarenhas, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Lyla Mehta, Professor Research Fellow at Institute of Development Studies, Brighton UK

  • Lana Pollack, Chair of the U.S. Section, International Joint Commission

  • Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University

Also on Day 1:

  • Panel discussion on "Safe Water: Infrastructure, Trust and Public Health" featuring Susan Masten, MSU Professor of Engineering; Debra Furr-Holden, a Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Endowed Professor of Public Health in the MSU College of Human Medicine; Kent Key, deputy executive director of the Community Based Organization Partners.

  • Student Research Poster Presentations

  • Final presentations from MSU's Fountain Challenge

Speakers Day 2

  • Shazeen Attari, Indiana University, Bloomington

  • Jennifer Carrera, MSU Department of Sociology

  • Rainer Horn, Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel

  • Megan Konar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Vince Tidwell, Sandia National Laboratories

  • Sergio Villamayo-Tomas, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin

  • David Zilberman, University of California Berkely

To learn more, visit the event page.

Event Location

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, MI 48823

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Presented By

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Land Policy Institute
School of Planning, Design and Construction

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