Duke & Partners to Explore Climate Collaborations at Symposia

The series will launch on February 15-16 with a symposium focused on Risk Science for Climate Resilience, an exploration of the essential roles that the insurance and finance sectors can play in addressing future climate risks. The Duke community and the public are invited to attend a keynote address, panel discussion, and networking reception on February 15. Frank Nutter (Reinsurance Association of America) will deliver the keynote address, and Olander will moderate a panel including Francis Bouchard (Duke University and Marsh McLennan); Roger Grenier (Verisk); and Mahmoud Raya (Boston Consulting Group). The public event on Feb. 15 is sold out, but anyone can still sign up for the waitlist. Duke faculty and staff can still register here for the private workshop on Feb. 16.  

The convening will serve as the debut of RESILE, a new university-wide climate research initiative based in Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. RESILE faculty affiliates span the Duke Law School, Fuqua School of Business, Nicholas Institute, Nicholas School of the Environment, Pratt School of Engineering, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. RESILE was recently awarded a planning grant from the National Science Foundation that will allow it to compete for selection as a federally funded Industry-University Cooperative Research Center focused on climate modeling and risk assessment.

“This symposium will kick off a process of identifying the ways in which Duke can, in collaboration with the private sector, leverage its interdisciplinary scholarship to develop innovative and actionable strategies for advancing climate resilience across all segments of society,” said symposium organizer Mark Borsuk, James L. and Elizabeth M. Vincent Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the faculty director of RESILE.

The Nicholas Institute is also an organizing partner for the symposium.

Contact Philip Hollingsworth for more information.