Fate of the Earth Symposium 2018

Saturday March 24, 2018
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Michigan State University

The Environmental Science and Policy Program has launched a symposium series to explore the challenges and opportunities we face in enhancing human well-being while protecting the environment. This symposium will bring 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 will include research focused seminars and discussion but will emphasize events and presentations that will speak to the broader MSU and Michigan community. In addition to live events and webcasts, the symposium will generate educational materials that can be used in classes and non-traditional education in the spring and beyond.

This symposium is made possible through the generous endowment of Barbara Sawyer-Koch and Donald Koch.

Program Information

Program Information

This event is geared toward the general public. Students, faculty, staff, residents and other interested parties are welcome to attend the lectures free of charge. Registration is required and lunch is included.

Register Here

Student Presentations

Student poster presentation

Call for Research Posters are now open!

Student research will be presented in poster form during the symposium, and will be eligible for several cash awards. To see the full call for abstracts, go here. To submit an abstract, go here.

New this year! Elementary and up Art Contest!

FOE welcomes submissions of original art from students from grades K-12 as well as university students. All submissions will be projected at the event and the winning art will be featured in FOE publications. Read about the full call here. Submit your art here. Deadline to submit art work is March 9, 2018.

Speaker Information

Speaker Information

Speakers for the Symposium include:


    Dr. Bill Lynn

    Christy George

    Panelists Debra Furr-Holden, Helen Taylor and Sean Hammond, Alan Steinman

    Workshops by Wolfgang Bauer, Jenny Mensch, Jared Talley, Terry Link, William Baule, Carla Iansiti and more

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Important Dates

Important Dates

Student poster abstract submission due

March 9, 2018

Art show submissions due

March 12, 2018
Student poster and art contest notifications

March 16, 2018
Deadline to register

March 24, 2018
Fate of the Earth Symposium