Conference Schedule

Folsom Lake in California
"Folsom Dam, the source of water for about 500,000 Sacramento-area residents, is at just 18 percent of capacity,
prompting officials to reduce flows into the American River." - Sacramento Bee | Photo: Robert Couse-Baker, Flickr

Sunday October 4, 2015

  • 3:00 p.m.: Scholars arrive in San Luis Obispo
  • 5:00 p.m.: Official Launch with Dinner for UNU guests (President, Provost, and Deans invited)
  • 7:00 p.m.: Keynote address: "The California Drought: A Tale of Two Disasters"
    Dr. David Wrathall, United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security
    Spanos Theatre

Monday October 5, 2015

Day 1: Themes, Definitions, and Directions

Objective: Defining key themes  Drought history and its consequences

  • 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Meet and greet with faculty, staff, students and panelists
  • 12:00-1:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:30-2:00 p.m.: Session 1
    Welcome and Opening Remarks — Introduction to topic of disaster by drought​
    KTGY Gallery (Bldg. 21, Rm. 105b​)
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m.: Session 2
    Drought in California Panel: Hydrological and Ecological Dimensions

    KTGY Gallery (Bldg. 21, Rm105b​)
    • Moderator: Hunter Francis, Director, Center for Sustainability, Cal Poly
    • Christopher Surfleet, Associate Professor, National Resources Management & Environmental Sciences, Cal Poly 
    • Timothy LaSalle, Professor Emeritus, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Scence, Cal Poly 
    • Renata Brillinger, Executive DirectorCalifornia Climate and Agriculture Network
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m.: Break
  • 4:00-5:30 p.m.: Session 3 and Session 4

    Session 3: Drought in California Panel: Planning and Policy

    Simpson Strong-Tie Lab Mezzanine, Bldg. 187​
    • Moderator: William Siembieda, Professor, City & Regional Planning,
      Cal Poly
    • Kenneth Topping, Senior Advisor, California State Hazard Mitigation Plan
    • David Drexler, Digital Initiatives Librarian, California State University, Fresno
    • Chandra Slaven, Planning/Regulations Senior Planner, Revell Coastal
    • David Conn, Professor Emeritus, City & Regional Planning, Cal Poly
    Session 4: Drought in California Panel: Engineering and Infrastructure 
    KTGY Gallery (Bldg. 21, Rm. 105B)
    • Moderator: Gregg Fiegel, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cal Poly
    • Eileen M. White, Manager of Operations, East Bay Municipal Utility District
    • Dane A. Mathis, Supervising Engineering Geologist, California Department of Water Resources
    • Eric Owens, Technical Resource Manager, West Basin Municipal Water District
  • 5:30-6:00 p.m.: Break
  • 6:00-7:30 p.m.: Session 5 and Session 6

    Session 5: Cal Poly and the Drought
    Simpson Strong-Tie Lab Mezzanine, Bldg. 187​
    • Moderator: Ian Woertz, Chief Operating Officer, MicroBio Engineering Inc.
    • Jesse Gibson, Empower Poly Coalition
    • Eric Veium, Energy & Sustainability Analyst, Cal Poly
    Session 6: Perspectives
    KTGY Gallery (Bldg. 21, Rm. 105 B)
    • Moderator: Julie Koppel Maldonado
    • Darcie Houck, Partner, Fredericks, Peebles & Morgan LLP
    • Christina Greene, Ph.D. Candidate, Geography, University of Arizona
    • Maritza Yanez, Student/Field Worker, Cal Poly

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Tuesday October 6th, 2015

Day 2: Designing Projects  

Objective: Create research agendas and visit drought-affected locations

  • 2:30-3:00 p.m.: Opening Remarks
  • 4:00-5:30 p.m. UNU panels 1 and 2
    • UNU Panel: Slow Change and Livelihoods
      Simpson Strong-Tie Lab Mezzanine, Bldg. 187​
      • Raphael Nawrotzki, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota Population Center
      • Julie Maldonado, Researcher and Organizer, Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network
      • Christian Barhelt, Project Manager, MunichRe Foundation (Germany)​ 
      • Sarah Henley-Shepard, Disaster Preparedness & Risk Reduction Director, Americares

    • UNU Panel 2: Climate as a compounding factor: Inequality, Poverty, Marginality
      KTGY Gallery (Bldg. 21, Rm105b)
      • Diana Contreras, Lecturer, UNIGIS América Latina (Austria)
      • Md. Ashique Rahman, Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar, University of South Florida
      • Malashree Bhargava, Natural Disaster Risk Consultant, GiZ (Afghanistan)​
  • 5:30-6:00 p.m.: Break
  • 6:00-7:30 p.m. UNU panels 3 and 4
    • UNU Panel 3: Ecosystem and Livelihood Resilience
      Berg Gallery (Bldg. 5, Rm. 105)
      • David Wrathall, Associate Academic Officer, United Nations University-EHS (Germany)
      • Kees Van der Geest, Associate Academic Officer, United Nations University-EHS (Germany)
      • Christ Lawless, Lecturer, Applied Social Sciences, Durham University (UK)
    • UNU Panel 4: Identifying and Scaling Up Effective Livelihood and Climate Resilience Interventions
      KTGY Gallery (Bldg. 21, Rm105B)
      • Laura Olson, Senior Consultant, United Nations Development Programme
      • Vivek Prasad​, Assistant Professor, Sociology, George Mason University
      • Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, Gibika Project Manager, United Nations University-EHS (Bangladesh)

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    Wednesday October 7th, 2015

    Day 3: Project Development and Second “Learn by Doing” Field Trip 

    Objective: Develop projects and understand the consequences of drought on agriculture

    • 9:00-9:15 a.m.: Opening Remarks
      Kennedy Library Atrium

    • 9:15-10:00 a.m.: UNU scholars  and Q & A with students. This will be an open event.
      Kennedy Library Atrium
    • 10:00-10:30 a.m.: Break with students
    • 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Awareness Gallery and Poster Presentations with student Groups and Clubs at Kennedy Library
      Kennedy Library 1st Floor
    • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch with Students
    • 1:00-5:00 p.m.: Session 3: “Learn by Doing” Field Trip to Cal Poly Agriculture Fields and Ancient Peaks Vineyards. This event is open only to conference participants.

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    Thursday October 8th, 2015

    Day 4: Vulnerability and Agency-Discussions on Strategies of Livelihood Resilience 

    • 9:00-9:15 a.m.: Opening Remarks
      Advanced Technology Laboratories (Bldg. 7)
    • 9:15-10:30 a.m.: Session 1: Research Agenda Ideas brainstorming between scholars and faculty/representatives
      Advanced Technology Laboratories (Bldg. 7)
    • 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Break
    • 11:00-12:00 p.m.: Session 2: Begin to form groups around topics of research
      Advanced Technology Laboratories (Bldg. 7)
    • 12:00-1:30 p.m.: Lunch
    • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Session 3: Groups discuss Research Agenda
      Advanced Technology Laboratories (Bldg. 7)
    • 2:30-4:00 p.m.: Session 4: Groups discuss Research Agenda and Write Statements
      Advanced Technology Laboratories (Bldg. 7)

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    Friday October 9th, 2015

    Day 5: Next steps

    Objective: Concretely plan next steps toward the overall objectives

    • 9:00-9:30 a.m.: Session 1: Statements 
      McPhee University Union (Bldg. 65, Rm. 220)

    • 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Session 2: Presentation of Statements and Feedback from group 
      McPhee University Union (Bldg. 65, Rm. 220)
    • 10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break 
    • 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Session 3: Small group breakout sessions
      McPhee University Union (Bldg. 65, Rm. 220)
    • 12:00-1:30 p.m.: Lunch 
    • 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Papers: Breakthroughs, progress and plans 
      McPhee University Union (Bldg. 65, Rm. 220)
    • 3:30-4:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks
      McPhee University Union (Bldg. 65, Rm. 220)

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