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Destiny Studies for a Small Planet


A symposium celebrating Robert Socolow’s 48 years commitment
to environmental problem-solving at Princeton

Monday, April 15, 2019
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Maeder Hall, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Detailed Program Below


Seating will be limited; live streaming will be available on

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast available

8:30-8:40 a.m.


Lynn Loo, Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton

Michael Celia, Director, Princeton Environmental Institute, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton

8:40-9:00 a.m.

Rationale for the symposium

Robert Socolow, Princeton

9:00-9:50 a.m.

Conversation One: Climate science and risk assessment

Isaac Held, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and Princeton

Tapio Schneider, Environmental Science and Engineering, Caltech

Nadir Jeevanjee, Geosciences, Princeton

9:50-10:10 a.m.

Coffee and tea break

10:10-11:00 a.m.

Conversation Two: Planetary norms

Edith Brown Weiss, Georgetown Law

Melissa Lane, University Center for Human Values, Princeton

Harold Shapiro, President Emeritus, Economics and Public Affairs

11:00-11:50 a.m.

Conversation Three: Toward denuclearization of the world

Frank von Hippel, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton

Robert Keohane, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton

11:50 a.m. -1:00 p.m.


1:00-2:00 p.m.

Conversation Four: Energy and development

José Goldemberg, University of São Paulo

Ashok Gadgil, Civil and Environmental Engineering, U.C. Berkeley

Phillip Hannam, The World Bank

Christopher Greig, University of Queensland and Andlinger Center, Princeton   

2:00-2:50 p.m.

Conversation Five: Wedges from the biosphere

Stephen Pacala, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton

David Hawkins, Natural Resources Defense Council

2:50-3:10 p.m.


3:10-4:00 p.m.

Conversation Six: Energy technology and policy

Robert Williams, Princeton

Ryan Edwards, U.S. Congress

Joseph Majkut, Niskanen Center

John Holdren, Kennedy School, Harvard

4:00-4:30 p.m.


John Harte, Energy and Resources Group, Berkeley

4:30-5:00 p.m.

Closing remarks

Robert Socolow, Princeton

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Reception, Guyot Hall atrium