Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Program


March 5, 2020

Day 1 – Leading Scientists Share Cutting-Edge Research in Plant-Based Carbon Drawdown (Technical Sessions)

Location: The Salk Institute

9:00am – The Climate Emergency & Plants

  • Joanne Chory, Salk Institute
  • Ram Ramanathan, The Scripps Institution Of Oceanography, UCSD
  • Stephanie Roe, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
  • Panel Discussion

11:00am – Land & Plant Carbon

  • Lee DeHaan, Land Institute
  • Liz Rinaudo, Global Evergreening Alliance
  • Jason Hill, University Of Minnesota
  • Panel Discussion led by Justin Borevitz

2:00pm – Root & Soil Carbon

  • Rob Jackson, Stanford University
  • Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, University Of California Merced
  • Lyla Taylor, University Of Sheffield
  • Panel Discussion led by Wolfgang Busch

4:00pm – Aquatic Carbon

  • Emily Pidgeon, Center For Oceans, Conservation International
  • Brian Von Herzen, The Climate Foundation
  • Panel Discussion led by Todd Michael

6:30pm Reception and Global Action Keynote

  • Tony Rinaudo, World Vision

March 6, 2020

Day 2 – Can Plant-Based Carbon Drawdown Save Us from Climate Change? Scientists Speak Out.

Location: San Diego Botanic Garden, Dickinson Family Education Conservatory

11:00am – 12:00pm – Welcome and Keynote, Ari Novy (San Diego Botanic Garden) and Peter Raven (Missouri Botanic Garden) Ari will welcome. Peter Raven will summarize the symposium proceedings from the preceding day in the light of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of the planet.

12:00pm – 12:45pm – Lunch and Networking

1:00pm – 2:30pmLifeboat Debate – Hollywood writers and scientists propose how we will ‘save the world’ using plant-based carbon drawdown during a lively and educational mock debate. The audience is encouraged to participate and will vote on our collective path forward.

2:45pm – 3:30pm – Journalist Panel – Leading scientists interviewed on stage by climate journalist Nathanael Johnson of Grist

3:45pm – 4:00pm – Closing Remarks

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Symposium closes with cocktail reception