Workshops on Climate Science




April 4, 2015

Workshop on “Sustainable Attention: Communicating Risk to the Public”


Cathedral of Learning, Philosophy Department

9:00 – 9:30 Breakfast 


Cathedral of Learning, room 208

9:30 -11:00 Sara Green (Pittsburgh):  “Communicating risk information in personalized medicine: Visions, prospects and ethical concerns”

11:15 – 12:45 David Depew (Iowa): “The Sustainability Slogan and the Rhetoric of Risk”


2:30 -4:00 Harvey Brown (Oxford): “Why the Earth is warming: the basic physics of the ‘greenhouse effect’ “

4:15 – 5:45 Wayne Myrvold (Western Ontario): “Challenges in Communicating Uncertainty: the case of climate science”


Organizers: Olga Kuchinskaya, John Lyne, Gordon Mitchell, Jim Lennox, Peter Machamer, Sandy Mitchell, Bob Batterman, Japa Pallikkathayil, Edward Stricker, Giovanni Valente

Funded by: Humanities Center, Undergraduate Honors College.


February 28, 2015

Workshop on "Climate Modeling and Public Policy"


The University Club, Ballroom A

9:15-9:30 Introduction

9:30-11:00 Eric Winsberg (Paris), “The adventures of climate science in the sweet land of idle arguments.”

11:15-12:45 Julie Jebeile (Paris), “Communicating about climate uncertainties”.


3:00 – 4:30 Charlotte Werndl (Salzburg): “Climate models and model selection theory: the need for a more nuanced view on use-novelty”

4:45-6:15 Mathias Frisch (Maryland): "Modeling Climate Policies: A Critical Look at Integrated Assessment Models"


February 27, 2015

Workshop on "Uncertainty in Climate Modeling"


Cathedral of Learning, Philosophy Department

9:00 – 9:30 Breakfast  


Cathedral of Learning, room 232

9:30 -11:00 Ana Lopez (Oxford): “Uncertainties in climate models' projections: sources and their impact in the use of information for decision support”

11:15 – 12:45 Erik Winsberg (South Florida): “Values and uncertainties in the predictions of global climate models”


Center for Philosophy of Science: 55th Annual Lectures Series

3:30 – 5:30 Charlotte Werndl (Salzburg): “On defining Climate and Climate Change”


Organizers: Marina Baldissera Pacchetti, Elay Schech, Giovanni Valente

Funded by: Center for Philosophy of Science, Office of the Provost, Philosophy Department (Rescher Fund)