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LBJ School of Public Affairs to host First of Biennial Global Climate Forums: After Copenhagen: Collaborative Response to Climate Change

Conference to examine policy, political action, research and teaching opportunities for climate change adaptation

Participants include experts from throughout the University of Texas, Canada, Japan, and the private sector

AUSTIN, Texas, March 31, 2010 –The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will host the international conference “After Copenhagen: Collaborative Response to Climate Change,” the first part of a biennial global climate forum between Texas and Alberta, Canada. The two-day conference, being held April 6 through 9, will focus on research, policy and issues surrounding climate change.

In addition to the LBJ School, UT’s Environmental Science Institute, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy (CIEEP) and the Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital are co-sponsoring the conference.

This conference seeks to bridge science, public understanding and political action on climate change adaptation and mitigation with the goal of identifying and evaluating public policy options for effective and timely action on climate related threats and opportunities. Panel topics will include: climate modeling, impacts on ecological systems, implications for law and policy, and upcoming interdisciplinary funding opportunities in climate change research.

The panels will provide a forum for experts from multiple disciplines at The University of Texas at Austin from schools and departments, including the LBJ School, Jackson School of Geosciences, chemical engineering, geophysics, the Center for Space Research, the departments of chemistry and biochemistry, biology, geography and the School of Architecture, the Environmental Science Institute, CIEEP, and the Institute for Innovation , Creativity and Capital.

Additionally, Robert Hutchings, new dean of the LBJ School, will participate as host of the opening dinner on Tuesday, April 6. Ray Orbach, director of The University of Texas at Austin's Energy Institute, a multi-disciplinary institute that combines the strengths of the university's schools and colleges to advance solutions to today's energy-related challenges, will also be participating as a moderator for the panel titled “Can Carbon Capture Mitigate Greenhouse Gases?” on Wednesday, April 7.

In addition to representing a large array of disciplinary input, the conference will also include international perspectives from panel participants and speakers from Canada’s University of Lethbridge, members of the Canadian Consulate, and professors from Hiroshima University in Japan.