Upcoming Events

Join the National Academies for a webinar highlight the release of the proceedings: Building Capacity for the U.S. Mineral Resources Workforce. We will review some key suggestions from participants as noted by the proceedings and then have a discussion with planning committee members and the audience on next steps for industry, academia, and agencies.

Thursday, June 20, 2024, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST


Many ecosystems in the Southeast US are dependent upon frequent low-intensity surface fires to sustain native biodiversity, ecosystem services, and endangered species populations. Successful application of prescribed fire in this region requires careful planning and assessment of the risks and tradeoffs involved when deciding whether or not to conduct a burn. Many of these risks are closely tied to ambient environmental conditions and are reflected in sets of ‘prescription’ parameters that define safe and effective operating conditions to meet objectives or regulatory requirements. To facilitate effective decision making and acknowledging growing uncertainties related to climate change effects on wildland fire operations, we developed a spatiotemporal recommendation engine to identify near-term optimal burning opportunities for prescribed fire implementation. The initial iteration of the recommendation engine is demonstrated through a case study of short-term meteorological conditions for Eglin Air Force Base, located in Florida, USA.

1:00 pm EST


Delivered by NAS President Marcia McNutt

The first State of the Science address will explore how U.S. science and innovation are positioned to respond to rising global competition and shifting priorities for the nation’s economy, security, public health, and well-being.  The event is intended to bring together leaders in science and research, technology and innovation, policymaking, government, industry, and philanthropy to explore what actions may be needed to chart a course toward a more nimble, more robust U.S. science and technology enterprise that is ready to meet the nation’s current challenges and make vital advances in the future.


The theme for this exhibition is informed and inspired by Jeff Goodell’s searing new book, The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet. We are seeking artworks that relate to the first order threat and prime mover of all other impacts of our climate crisis - HEAT. Participants can use any medium. All approaches - traditional and non-traditional - are welcome. We are open to the plurality of styles and expressions that the word HEAT, the idea of HEAT, allows.

Submit your work here

The climate is changing in ways that pose increasing risks to people, ecosystems, and the economy. Climate change is a complex topic that spans many different sectors. That’s why Climate Crossroads is holding the second annual Summit on July 16th and 17th to bring together experts from a broad range of different fields to discuss current and emerging solutions at the scale and scope needed to address climate change.  

At the Summit, there will be eight main stage events as well as a number of breakout sessions with a strong focus on solutions, including decarbonization of the economy and resilience. The participants in these conversations will have a wide range of expertise and a mix of national and international perspectives.  

Check out the full agenda on the event webpage. Speakers and additional breakout sessions will continue to be added on an ongoing basis.

Day 1: Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. ET
Day 2: Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET


Orphaned and abandoned wells can present a risk to the environment and public by emitting methane, contaminating groundwater, and/or impacting ecosystems. The National Academies will convene a workshop to discuss existing practices and standards for plugging orphaned and/or abandoned hydrocarbon wells, including current best practices around well-plugging technologies, standards, and procedures.

Day 1: Thursday, July 18, 2024, 9:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. ET
Day 2: Friday, July 19, 2024, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET


The interplay between decarbonization strategies and the macroeconomy plays a crucial role in informing equitable and effective public policy. Join the National Academies on September 12 and 13, 2024 for a workshop exploring the macroeconomic and socioeconomic implications of decarbonization strategies, and the role of the macroeconomy in achieving policy goals.

Day 1: Thursday, September 12, 2024, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET
Day 2: Friday, September 13, 2024,9:00 AM - 4:00 PM ET


The Symposium on Flooding Adaptation - Spotlighting Solutions for Florida will be held October 28-31, 2024, in Kissimmee, Florida at the Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South.

Across the state, inland and coastal communities both large and small are taking bold steps to prepare for a wetter future. This convening of practitioners, researchers, advocates, and community stakeholders will focus on projects in Florida that demonstrate a paradigm shift in addressing flooding impacts on community design, ecosystem restoration, housing, and infrastructural development.

The goals of the symposium are:

  • Share project findings and learn how they address flooding impacts
  • Share successful approaches and lessons learned from a community perspective.
  • Promote interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.

During this conference, teams representing site-specific projects from across Florida’s diverse landscape will share their work, process, experiences, and results. In addition to providing participants with opportunities to cultivate new partnerships, this exchange of knowledge will result in the publication of an edited volume of case studies spotlighting solutions to flooding in Florida. A call for presentations will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

If your work focuses on any aspect of flooding adaptation, you should participate in this symposium! Join us and learn how Florida is adapting its built environment to not only survive, but to thrive in these new conditions.

Learn more on the web site: https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/flooding

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The Climate Leader is an online training in systems thinking to help fuel the global response to climate change. These materials will help you to be more effective at addressing climate change by enabling you to see the interconnections and big picture in your work. Behind the Climate Leader are decades of experience from the team at Climate Interactive and powerful ideas developed at MIT.


In this webinar series, practitioners will share information, results and lessons learned through recent work by FHWA/US DOT and State and MPO partners to make the transportation system more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events. The first track focuses on the processes used in the Gulf Coast Study, Phase 2 (Mobile) and transferable methods developed for other agencies to assess the vulnerability of transportation infrastructure. The second track focuses on FHWA's recently completed Climate Resilience Pilot program, which supported 19 pilot projects around the country to assess vulnerabilities and develop strategies to make transportation infrastructure and operations more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events.