Florida Events

Hosted by VoLo Foundation, FCW is a week-long virtual event series dedicated to taking action on climate and addressing its impacts and solutions in Florida. Our mission is to bring together a diverse group of leaders, experts, and advocates to raise awareness, share knowledge, and drive action towards a more sustainable future for Florida.

During this week, we will be hosting a variety of free virtual events, including keynote speeches, panel discussions, and interactive workshops, all aimed at addressing the challenges and opportunities of climate change in Florida. Our lineup of speakers and panelists includes scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and community advocates, each bringing their unique perspectives and experiences to the conversation.

Links and details here

The Climate Smart Floridians program provides community members with research-based information about climate change and resiliency in FL.

The virtual learning series consists of six modules listed below.

October 5: Introduction & Florida climate change 101
October 12: Water & yards
October 19: Green building & low impact development
October 26: Home & renewable energy
November 2: Transportation
November 9: Food & consumption | Wrap-up

Register here


The Florida Climate Institute will host Jeff Goodell at the University of Florida on November 1, 2023.

Goodell will discuss his latest book The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet (2023) ISBN 978-0316497572




Artificial Intelligence, Architecture, and Storytelling

PLAYING MODELS aims to address the fundamental conceptual and technological shifts that AI and computational storytelling instruments (AR/VR) have introduced to design and engineering disciplines and how they are transforming millennia-old traditions of architecture and design thinking. The conference questions Beaux-Arts and Bauhaus-Modernist design pedagogies and post-industrialization design approaches aspiring to efficiency and optimization. It entertains the idea that given an adequate theoretical framing, AI and computational storytelling instruments (AR/VR) offer a novel, less constricting interpretation of today's technological reality, fundamentally different from big tech's efficiency and automation narratives.

Topics, schedule, and registration available here

Optimizing Solutions for Resilient Coasts, the annual summit featuring keynote talks by leading marine researchers and technology gurus, student posters and presentations, next generation technology demos, and high-level networking with researchers and industry leaders working in coastal research and engineering.

The event will take place at Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville, Florida from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.




Join us February 19-22, 2024, in Tampa, Florida, for the next Gulf of Mexico Conference (#GOMCON).

Call for abstracts
The GOMCON Program Committee and Session Chairs invite oral and poster abstract submissions for the sessions listed on our sessions page. There is no abstract submission fee.

The deadline to submit an abstract is October 13, 2023. 

Abstract submission requirements

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Held at the Tampa Convention Center, this event will bring together coastal scientists and stakeholders in state and federal government, academia, non-profit, and private sectors to discuss current Gulf research and collaborate on new opportunities. Emphasizing the intersection of science, policy, and management, GOMCON will include sessions on themes that are important to ecosystem and community resilience as well as restoration and natural resource management.

Conference info and registration here

Applications are now open for the 2024 Future Leaders Climate Summit, an annual gathering of young climate leaders hosted by the Future Leaders Climate Initiative and the Energy & Environment Program at the Aspen Institute, in partnership with the City of Miami Beach, Florida. 

Approximately 200 of the most diverse future leaders in the age range of 22-30 will be invited to convene in Miami Beach, FL from Saturday, March 9 to Monday, March 11 to discuss climate policy, innovation, communications, career development, and leadership. Applicants with an undergraduate degree or three years of experience related to climate change and sustainability issues are encouraged to apply. 

The goal of the Summit is to build momentum for greater climate action in every corner of the earth, beginning with Future Leaders. The Summit has been designed to create and foster collaborative, innovative, and creative conversations among a wide variety of thinkers and leaders across the climate space. Collective success in the climate crisis depends on a robust exchange of ideas – an exchange that will be fueled by a rich diversity of perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and opinions. To create this exchange, the Future Leaders Climate Summit is looking for diverse candidates, each who hold their own unique solutions to climate change, the greatest challenge of our time.

Applications close on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 3:00 am EST.

Applications and more information about the Future Leaders Climate Summit are available on the Aspen Institute website.