The American Geophysical Union hosted its inaugural GeoPolicy Connect event October 20-21 in Fort Collins, Colorado, on the campus of Colorado State University. This year’s event brought together an exclusive cross-section of 40 leaders to exchange ideas on the issue of unconventional oil and gas development.
In today’s complex world, the biggest science and policy issues require a new approach to thinking. Scientists and researchers, as well as policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators can no longer operate within their own circles. Meaningful results came from these groups working together in a collaborative process.
What we sought to accomplish
- Actionable outcomes on the issue of hydraulic fracturing.
- Cross-sector conversations with the belief that a dialogue between science, policy, and the public and private sectors can lead to better outcomes.
What the working sessions looked like
- A collaborative conversation about differing perspectives on oil and gas development and its impacts.
- An exchange about the role of science as it pertains to these issues.
- A focused discussion with the goal of creating a process that could help break down barriers.