WATCH: CCST Science Day Symposium at the California Natural Resources Agency

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.—At CCST’s Science Day symposium, CCST and the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) bring California’s natural resource policymakers and researchers together to proactively bridge emerging research activity and State policy needs. This event provides an opportunity to forge new collaborations between academic and state partners.

Facing an ever-growing set of natural resource challenges, California has set ambitious goals to invest in climate resilience, protect its biodiversity, and ensure equitable access for all Californians to its natural resources. Join us at Science Day as we invite researchers from California’s many world-class educational and research institutions who are eager to leverage their expertise to complement the State’s efforts.

Kicking off CCST’s Science & Technology Week 2023, watch the two panel discussions below.

CCST Science Day at CNRA
Held February 13th | 9am PT
California Natural Resources Agency

View the Live Science Day Schedule Google Doc

9:00am  | Opening Comments

Wade Crowfoot  |  Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
Dr. Amber Mace  |  CEO, California Council on Science and Technology

9:20-10:20am  |  Successful Science-Based Partnerships Panel

The Successful Science-Based Partnerships panel will highlight examples of successful partnerships between science-focused organizations and the CNRA that demonstrate how the State can integrate science into its decision-making processes. Panelists will be a mix of CNRA and external experts leading projects that focus on wildfire, water and drought, biodiversity, and energy. Topics will include the development of collaborations and the challenges and benefits that came through partnering.

Secretary Wade Crowfoot
California Natural Resources Agency

Dr. Don Hankins
Professor, CSU Chico

Dr. Peter Fiske
NAWI Executive Director, Berkeley Lab

Dr. Jennifer Norris
Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat, CNRA

Siva Gunda
Vice Chair, California Energy Commission

1:00 – 2pm  |  A Cross-Sectoral Call to Action: Meeting California’s Climate Goals While Building Resilience

California faces converging and cascading climate disasters while simultaneously advancing bold climate policy goals to decarbonize the fourth largest economy in the world. To overcome these challenges and lead the way in climate resilience demands visionary leadership and innovative partnerships across government at all levels, academia, the private sector, and philanthropy. This cross-sectoral panel of thought-leaders will articulate challenges California must overcome to build resilient communities, while innovating new technology and jobs that will propel an equitable transition to carbon neutrality. Panelists will also discuss the importance and opportunities for cross-sector collaborations and partnerships to develop and execute plans for a climate resilient California.

Dr. Amber Mace
CEO, California Council on Science & Technology

David Hochschild
Chair, California Energy Commission

Kip Lipper
Office of the California State Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins

Dr. Theresa Maldonado
UC Office of the President, Vice President for Research and Innovation

Dr. Eugene Tu
Director, NASA Ames Research Center

2pm  |  Closing remarks
Dr. Amber Mace

2:10pm – 3pm Networking Mixer

CCST and CNRA invite you to continue the conversations from the day by attending a networking mixer. CCST Partners (e.g., national laboratories, academic institutes, etc.) and CNRA units will have informational booths set up to share more information about their innovative work. We encourage attendees to make new connections and exchange contact information to develop new partnerships and opportunities. Light refreshments will be provided.



About the California Council on Science and Technology
The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature — making California’s policies stronger with science and technology since 1988. We engage leading experts in science and technology to advise State policymakers — ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.

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