SciComm Studio 009: Melting Ice, Melting Barriers

Connect with climate experts working at the intersection of science and policy.

Photo by NASA/John Sonntag, CC-BY 2.0 via Flickr. 

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


September 13, 2018 from 8:30 am to 11:00 am America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



Climate change affects everyone, from businesses to scientists. How can we use climate data to influence business decisions in the future? How can scientists and science communicators help businesses and policymakers understand the complexity of climate change — and to suggest actionable solutions?

Meet the creator of the Arctic Basecamp at Davos, an innovative science communication event that calls for action from global leaders to address global risks from Arctic change, and a scientist whose research has contributed to conservation strategies. We will connect with speakers both physically and virtually for a truly international conversation concerning climate change and science advocacy.

Join us for a morning SciComm Studio event — a follow up to last year’s Changing Climates, Changing Minds event — taking place during the Global Climate Action Summit. Learn from climate science experts working at the intersection of science and policy. 


9:30am — doors open
10:00am — presentations
11:00am — networking
12:00pm — doors close


David Hik
David Hik

David Hik is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University. David’s research focuses on mountain, high latitude, and other 'cold' ecosystems, and understanding the ways that species interactions and environmental variability may influence community structure and population dynamics in these sometimes stressful environments. Through a variety of long-term and/or large-scale observations and experimental studies of ecological processes, this work has contributed to the development of strategies for conserving biodiversity, maintaining and restoring disturbed ecosystems, and understanding the consequences of climate change.
Gail Whiteman
Gail Whiteman

Gail Whiteman is Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Rubin Chair and Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business at Lancaster University, UK. Her research analyzes how actors make sense of complex problems and build resilience across scales given environmental pressures and social inequities.  In collaboration with British Antarctic Survey, she is also the creator of the Arctic Basecamp at Davos (2017 and 2018), an innovative science communication and outreach event in that calls for action from global leaders to address global risks from Arctic change.   
Jeremy Wilkinson

Jeremy Wilkinson is engaged in leading-edge polar research programs spanning both poles. He is employed by the British Antarctic Survey, represents the UK on the International Arctic Science Committee's Marine Science Working Group, and sits on the Scientific Steering Group of Antarctic Sea-Ice processes and Climate. He is a recognized authority on sea ice and upper-ocean physics and has organized and participated more than 20 polar field campaigns. Jeremy was the coordinator the £12 million EU funded ICE-ARC program, sits on the Steering Committee of the US Stratified Ocean Dynamics in the Arctic (SODA) program, as well as holding an Advisory Board position for the Japanese Arctic research project, Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS). Jeremy has substantial experience in broad-reaching multidisciplinary programs, and has organized or co-organized events at leading Arctic and policy-based conferences. He enjoys an excellent working relationship with the international scientific community and other stakeholders in the Polar regions.


Photo: A polar bear appears in front of the iconic San Francisco Ferry Building ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit. Photo Eryk Salvaggio for swissnex SF.