Public Lectures

Two evening public lectures will be offered during the Resources for Future Generations Conference 2018.

Monday, June 18

Earth: The Power of the Planet

Iain Stewart, Professor of Geoscience Communication and the Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at Plymouth University.

Iain is a geologist who spends much of his time writing and talking about our planet—how it works, its volatile history, and what all that means for those living on it. As an academic earth scientist, Iain specializes in recent geological change. As a talented communicator, he has presented major BBC film series on the nature, history, and state of the planet. Stewart was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2013 and awarded the European Federation of Geologists Medal of Merit 2016 for his outstanding contribution in elevating the profile of geology around the world.

Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Location: Room 109, Vancouver Convention Centre

Wednesday, June 20

Water: Can We End the Global Water Crisis?

Jay Famiglietti, Senior Water Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology

Before moving to JPL, Famiglietti was a Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine, and of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013, Famiglietti was appointed to California’s State Water Boards by Governor Jerry Brown. Famiglietti is a hydrologist who uses satellites and develops advanced computer models to track how freshwater availability is changing globally. He has published nearly 150 peer-reviewed research papers, as well as numerous reports. His team’s pioneering work on remote sensing of groundwater depletion has influenced water management decisions from California to India. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geological Society of America, he is a frequent speaker and an avid writer, and he is committed to science communication. Famiglietti is a regular advisor to the U.S. Congress and the California Governor’s Office on water availability and water security issues. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, and has participated in numerous White House, U.S. State Department, Congressional, Pentagon, and California State Legislature briefings.

Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Location: Room 109, Vancouver Convention Centre