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Sparking Climate Connections: UW Lightning Talks on Climate Change recordings are now available!

Tackling the climate challenge

Both multifaceted and complex, climate change is the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced, and its impacts are distributed unequally. There exists immense expertise and interest in climate change-related work across the University of Washington. While specific disciplinary perspectives are vital, we also know that many of the questions we seek to answer are broader and require working at the intersections of different disciplines. 

Understanding the landscape of expertise

Recognizing this, the EarthLab Advisory Board of Deans saw an opportunity to bring together faculty and staff researchers to better envision the full picture of climate expertise at the UW and facilitate connections across disciplines and practice areas. 

In Fall Quarter of 2022, we sent out a call to gather UW faculty and researchers whose work was in some way related to climate change. We invited faculty and researchers to submit a one-minute video recording – a lightning talk – summarizing their work. This call was amplified by the event’s 18 co-sponsors. We received a total of 105 lightning talks covering 16 different themes representing over 55 departments across the UW tri-campus. 

Click here to watch the entire virtual showcase of all 105 lightning talks

Sparking climate connections

On December 1st, 2022, we hosted a virtual showcase of all the lightning talks, followed by an in-person reception at the Foster School of Business Douglas Forum. We’re grateful to Off the Rez – Seattle’s first Native food truck – for catering and Raymond Smith for capturing the night with his camera. If you have a UW NetID, you can click here to view other images from the evening.

Left to right: Dean Maya Tolstoy and Dean Frank Hodge speak to event attendee; Food catered by Off the Rez; A group of event attendees talking
Left to right: Dean Maya Tolstoy and Dean Frank Hodge speak to event attendee; Food catered by Off the Rez; A group of event attendees talking.

Below is a list of all faculty and researchers who submitted lightning talks. We share this information to not only recognize their participation, but to encourage continued sparks of connection going forward. If you were unable to attend or are curious to find collaborators, we invite you to watch the talks on our YouTube channel. They are organized by theme and are captioned.