Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 16, 2013


The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host the 2013 Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Scholar Symposium: New Connections for a Changing Climate in Washington, D.C., September 16-20. Twenty scholars, professionals, and applied researchers from throughout the Western Hemisphere, including the United States, will present the culmination of their year of research, sharing how they are implementing innovative and inter-disciplinary projects related to climate change and adaptation strategies.

On September 18 at the Wilson Center, scholars will showcase their group projects which focus on telling a new climate story and how scientific research intersects with policy creation. NEXUS Lead Scholar, Dr. Daniel Kammen, from the University of California, Berkeley, will moderate a public discussion about how science impacts policy-making featuring representatives from the Carbon War Room, the University of Maryland, and the U.S. Department of State.

On September 19 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the scholars will present the results of their individual research on creating accessible and sustainable energy systems, strengthening adaptation strategies, and development and climate change impacts. Scholars will also share policy-relevant recommendations based on the results of their research at the local, national, and regional levels in one of four panels moderated by climate innovators from the Nature Conservancy, Virginia Tech, the American Planning Association, and Dr. Kammen.

The sessions on September 18 and 19 are open to the public. For a full schedule of the symposium, please visit http://www.cies.org/nexus.

The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program is a component of the Fulbright Scholar program in the Western Hemisphere that fosters multi-disciplinary, team-based research through a series of three seminar meetings, multi-country projects and an exchange visit in the region. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 325,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to solutions of shared international concerns.

Members of the media interested in attending the symposium should contact Josué Barrera at eca-press@state.gov or (202) 632-6454.



PRN: 2013/1125