2013 Philomathia Symposium Program

Water, Climate, and Society:  Challenges and Strategies in a Rapidly Changing World

Date: November 1, 2013
Time: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Venue: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Join us as we hear from leaders who will address the challenges and adaptation strategies relating to water, climate, and societal issues in a rapidly changing world. 

Water plays a critical role at the intersection of physical, biological, and social systems. Its scarcity and excess pose multifaceted challenges as reliable water supplies are essential for food production, national security, industry, energy generation, and residential use.

The symposium will connect people, and advance pioneering science as academics, decision-makers, and stakeholders, including authors of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) participate in detailed panel discussions on two interdisciplinary themes: 1) the future of urban water, and strategies for water management and infrastructure; and 2) the impact of changing water supplies on food supplies, security, population, and the natural environment.


8:00am - 10:45am

Morning Plenary


Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013)
Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (2009-2013)
Bill Collins, Head, Climate Sciences Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Professor in Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley; Lead Author of IPCC Working Group 1
Chris Field, Director, Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology;  Professor of Biology and Environmental Earth System Science; Stanford University; Co-chair of IPCC Working Group 2


Panel 1:  Water, Cities, and Infrastructure

Panel 2: Water, Climate, Food, and Population

11:15am - 12:45pm

Panel 1A: Innovations in Technology and Affordability

Panel 2A: Drought, Climate, and Thresholds


Moderator:  Richard Luthy, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford

Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security

David Sedlak, Co-Director, Berkeley Water Center. Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering. UC Berkeley

David Sunding, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics. UC Berkeley

Moderator:  Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One at The Commonwealth Club

Dustin Garrick, Philomathia Foundation Professor of Water Research and Policy. McMaster University

Todd Dawson, Professor, Integrative Biology. UC Berkeley

Max Auffhammer, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics. UC Berkeley

Sally Thompson, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering. UC Berkeley

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Panel 1B:  Physical Design Innovations

Panel 2B:  Food, Population, and Security


Moderator:  Jennifer Wolch, Dean, College of Environmental Design. UC Berkeley

Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, Professor and Dean, Patel College of Global Sustainability, University of South Florida

Kristina Hill, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. UC Berkeley

Nicholas de Monchaux, Associate Professor, Architecture and Urban Design. UC Berkeley

Moderator:  Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One at The Commonwealth Club

Claire Kremen, Director, Berkeley Food Institute.  Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.  UC Berkeley

Solomon Hsiang, Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy.  UC Berkeley

Malcolm Potts, Director, Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability. Professor, School of Public Health. UC Berkeley

3:15pm - 5:30pm

Afternoon Plenary


Ma Jun, Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, Beijing, China

Orville Schell, Director, Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society; Senior Fellow, School for Communication, University of Southern California

Students from the UCB School of Journalism reporting on the stories of the day

Closing remarks by David Ackerly and David Sedlak