Hot Science – Cool Talks

Upcoming Hot Science – Cool Talks event!

Planet Texas 2050

Planet Texas 2050

Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Director, Climate Science Center
Dr. Michael Webber, Deputy Director, Energy Institute
Evan Smith, CEO & co-founder, Texas Tribune (moderator)
Guy Forsyth, Musician

Texas is a demographic and climatic hot spot. In the 21st century, our region is projected to undergo a doubling of its population and a shift to a more drought-prone climate. This poses synergistic challenges for our state's resources, economy, cities, and public health. 21st Century Texas is a lively discussion of Texas’s challenges and potential solutions by leading experts in their fields.

Each year, the Environmental Science Institute raises $100,000 support from foundations, corporations, and friends to produce our Hot Science – Cool Talks events. Due to the tremendous success of Dr. Hayhoe’s talk at the Paramount Theatre during the 2016-17 season, we have agreed to again partner with the Paramount for another incredible evening. You can support Hot Science - Cool Talks by purchasing tickets to this special evening at the Paramount Theatre, today!

The University of Texas at Austin announced in October 2017 that it would invest institutionally in a multi-year research grand challenge focused on more accurately predicting future scenarios for Texas, given the dual stressors of climate extremes and rapid urbanization. This research initiative, also titled "Planet Texas 2050," involves faculty and staff researchers from UT’s Jackson School of Geosciences, Environmental Science Institute, Bureau of Economic Geology, School of Architecture, College of Liberal Arts, Cockrell School of Engineering, Dell Medical School, and 9 additional academic units on campus. To learn more about the Planet Texas 2050 research grand challenge visit