GeoPolicy Connect (GPC) 2017 was aimed at breaking down barriers and fostering discussion between various stakeholders. In addition to the workshop, AGU sponsored several other events in Pittsburgh, PA, that echo this theme. These events were meant to build communication skills, foster partnerships, and provide opportunities for GPC participants, AGU members, and others to come together.

Sharing Science Workshop: Sharing Science With any Audience

Wednesday, 4 October

University of Pittsburgh,  University Club, Conference Room A

The Sharing Science workshop taught participants how to communicate their science in a clear and concise manner that will resonate with any audience. This hands-on workshop was hosted by the Departments of Geology and Environmental Science, Biological Sciences, and Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.

AGU Member Networking Reception

Wednesday, 4 October, 6:00 − 8:00 P.M.

Energy Innovation Center at 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

The reception was an opportunity for GPC participants, AGU members, and the local university community to network, tour the remarkable Energy Innovation Center and hear from AGU’s scientific leadership, Drs. Eric Robinson and Robin Bell. Friends of AGU were welcome to attend. Sign up for a tour of the Energy Innovation Center here.

Thriving Earth Exchange: Project Launch Workshop

Friday, 6 October 

Energy Innovation Center at 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

The Project Launch Workshop focused on developing projects in eastern Ohio or Western Pennsylvania that advance shared priorities related to unconventional oil and gas exploration. This workshop built on the previous days’ GPC events. GPC 2017 brought together scientists, policymakers, community leaders, and business leaders in discussions to break down barriers between the science, policy,  and private and public sectors. The workshop explored the intersection between community priorities and Earth and space science, while also trying to find ways to leverage the discussions, relationships, and recommendations from the GPC event for local impact.  As an example, community leaders and industry representatives may decide to design and implement a citizen-based monitoring program around extraction sites. Learn more!