Fate of the Earth Symposium 2019

Saturday April 13, 2019
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.

Student Presentations

Student poster presentationFOE Research Poster Session

Call for Research Posters to 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.

FOE Art Show

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 selected art will be featured in FOE publications. Read about the full call here. Submit your art to espp@msu.edu

Speaker Information

Speaker Information

Speakers for the Symposium:

    Emily Holden, environmental reporter for The Guardian US "Climate and Environment in the Age of Trump"

    Will Lawrence, co-founder of the Sunrise Movement "The Green New Deal"

    Dr. Jeff Andresen, Great Lakes Integrated Science and Assessment Center "Climate Change in Michigan: Impacts and Adaptation"

    Tom Zimnicki, Michigan Environmental Council "Michigan's Environmental Roadmap Panel Discussion"

    Workshops for the Symposium:

    Networking for Environmental Professionals
    Environmental Connection Through Yoga
    Understanding and Changing Your Carbon Footprint
    Toxics in our Water: PFAS in Michigan

    MSU’s Path toward Sustainability

    Developing Sustainable Communities

    The Body, the Imagination and Knowing Our Environments





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Important Dates

MARCH 15, 2019
Student poster abstract submission due

March 16, 2019

Art show submissions due

March 29, 2019
Student poster and art contest notifications

March 31, 2019
Deadline to register

April 13, 2019
Fate of the Earth Symposium