Breakout Session Agenda

At Symposium 2020, we want participants to explore the themes of 2020 and engage in thoughtful dialogue around some of these big questions. Attendees are free to join any breakout session of their choice on Dec. 1 and 3; however, please note that rooms will be capped at 20 participants.

To introduce each session, the moderator will play a short video clip as a prompt before beginning the discussion. The videos may be viewed in advance below or on the Institute's YouTube channel.

Tips for participating in a breakout session: 

  • Be courteous: Be respectful of ideas you disagree with, avoid speaking over someone, and try not to dominate the conversation 
  • Practice saying “Yes, and…” to build on each other’s ideas, rather than evaluating/criticizing right away 
  • Be yourself...: Remember that we all approach a topic or problem through our experiences, values, and biases 
  • …And think like someone else: Imagine other perspectives or other walks of life to think about what is being overlooked 
  • Be bold: Bring up ideas that are innovative or may seem outside the norm! 

To join a session during the event, visit the main Symposium 2020 page on Hopin.

BREAKOUT SESSION THEMES 
What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about... 

VIDEO CLIP BY 

MODERATOR/S 

Dec 1  

10:15-10:45 MT 

Dec 3 

10:15-10:45 MT 

Public opinion as it relates to trust in science 

Cary Funk, Director, Science and Society Research, Pew Research Center 

Avi Stopper (The Poll Hero Project)

Avi Stopper (The Poll Hero Project) and Kathleen Staks (Energy Advisor)

Racism as it relates to trust in institutions (*Dec. 3 only) 

Norma Johnson, poet, facilitator, and teacher 

n/a 

Norma Johnson 

Role of scientists as it relates to political engagement 

Maryam Zaringhalam, National Library of Medicine - National Institute of Health; Executive Producer, Story Collider 

Kerri Wright-Platais (Colorado State University) 

Kerri Wright-Platais (Colorado State University) 

Science in the policy process for the Colorado legislature 

Chris Hansen, State Senator, Colorado District 31 

Sundari Kraft (Ascent Strategies, LLC)

Sundari Kraft & Sen. Chris Hansen 

Environmental justice as it relates to climate policy 

Ean Tafoya, Green Latinos, Columnist, and Radio DJ on KGNU 

Sophia Mayott-Guerrero (Conservation Colorado) &  
Sarah Spencer-Workman (NORESCO) 

Sophia Mayott-Guerrero (Conservation Colorado) &  
Zoey DeWolf (Sanofi)

Youth voices being involved in policy discussions 

Lizz Leung, High School Senior, ISP Convening Participant, Teen Science Scholar 

Trisha Curtis (PetroNerds)& Kathleen Staks (Energy Advisor)

Tom Thorpe (Colorado Academy) 

Ethics as it relates to trust in public health 

Matthew Wynia, Director, Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado's Anschutz  

Matthew Wynia 

Matthew Wynia 

Effective communication as it relates to public perception of climate science 

Abel Gustafson, University of Cincinnati

Dahvi Wilson 
(Apex Clean Energy) 

Dahvi Wilson (Apex Clean Energy) 

Trust in our educational institutions 

Chevy Humphrey, Hazel A. Hare President and CEO, Arizona Science Center 

Seth Terry
(Water/Food/Energy Executive & Entrepreneur)

Seth Terry (Water/Food/Energy Executive & Entrepreneur) 

How media biases shape our perception of scientific information 

John Gable, CEO and Co-Founder, AllSides 

Jim Marchiori (Energy Consultant) 

Trisha Curtis (PetroNerds) & Jim Marchiori (Energy Consultant)

Understanding of communities as it relates to change in science 

Raj Pandya, Director, Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union 

Raj Pandya 

Raj Pandya 

 

The Big Questions of 2020

We asked scientists, policymakers, community leaders, business executives, students, and more to reflect on what we’ve learned about science and policy this year. These questions will also help prompt our discussions during this year’s interactive breakout sessions. Check out the videos below and watch for even more on demand content premiering throughout November.

What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding of the role of communities as it relates to change in science? Hear a thoughtful perspective on this question from Raj Pandya, Director, Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union.

What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about public opinion as it relates to trust in science? We asked Cary Funk, Director of Science and Society Research at the Pew Research Center, to help break it down.

What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about trust in our educational institutions? Chevy Humphrey, Hazel A. Hare President and CEO of the Arizona Science Center, offers some words of wisdom.

What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about how media biases shape our perception of scientific information? John Gable, CEO and Co-Founder of AllSides, helped us break down some of the sources of disconnect.

What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about effective communication as it relates to public perception of climate science? Abel Gustafson, Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati, shares his thoughts.

What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding of scientists as it relates to leadership and political engagement? We asked Maryam Zaringhalam, Data Science & Open Science Officer at the National Library of Medicine - National Institute of Health and Executive Producer at the Story Collider for her thoughts.

What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about environmental justice as it relates to climate science and policy? Ean Tafoya, Colorado Field Advocate for GreenLatinos, shares his perspective.

What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding of use of science in the policy process for Colorado legislature? Chris Hansen, State Senator from Colorado District 31, weighs in.

What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about the role of youth voices being involved in policy discussions and "having a seat at the table?" Lizz Leung, High School Senior, ISP Convening Participant, and Teen Science Scholar spoke to these important topics.

What lessons has this past year brought to our understanding about ethics as it relates to trust in public health? Matthew Wynia, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus, gave us his thoughts.

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