Conferences & Symposia

As part of its mission to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, ESI regularly hosts and sponsors conferences and symposia for UT faculty and researchers. Recent symposia included:

Texas Water Research Network Meeting  August 18 – 19, 2016

UT Science Meets Society Seminar Series

New discoveries are made every day at The University of Texas at Austin.  Some of these discoveries come from basic research and will have their value fully realized years to decades down the road.  Other discoveries, however, have immediate impact on society – potentially saving and improving lives, saving and improving the planet.  This seminar series, founded in Fall 2015, seeks to explore such discoveries –  interdisciplinary issues, primarily focusing on Water, Energy, and the Environment.   This is accomplished via consideration of both the technical scientific and engineering discoveries taking place across campus, as well as the social, political, and economic implications.

This series was created by Sheila Olmstead (LBJ School of Public Affairs) and Charlie Werth (Dept. of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering) and is sponsored by the UT Environmental Science Institute.

Mini-Symposium on Environmental Science and Public Health

October 24, 2014

Environmental science and public health are closely linked subjects. Understanding the processes that link phenomena such as sources of and dissemination mechanisms for contaminants in the environment, climate change impacts on public health, and environmental toxicology is inherently interdisciplinary, yet traditional university structures typically relegate education and research on environmental science and public health to different disciplinary departments or colleges. Through this approach, for example, environmental monitoring and modeling may lead to improved understanding of climate and urbanization impacts and to predictive tools for tracing the movement of toxins such as heavy metals and endocrine disrupting compounds in the environment. The synergy is particularly heightened in Texas, where 21st century projections indicate increasing water scarcity, rapid urbanization, and a doubling of population by 2065.
Hosted by the UT Environmental Science Institute.

Texas Water Journal Forum

November 21, 2013
Water, Politics & Drought: The Proposition 6 vote, a way-too-early look at the next legislative session, how courts are remaking Texas water policy, and the ongoing drought.  A panel discussion featuring perspectives from policy makers, scientists, water resource experts and regional leaders on how we can meet our water needs while experiencing droughts and rising demands.
Hosted by the UT Environmental Science Institute.

Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategies: A Capital Area Symposium

October 4, 2013
LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.  This one-day conference brought Capital Area stakeholders together to identify and assess the shared challenges we face given the specific impacts of climate change in our region. The symposium provides a forum for learning about climate vulnerability in the region and sharing best practices in the area of resilience planning  here in Texas and throughout the U.S. Most importantly, it provides a space for identifying collaborative solutions for making the Capital Area more resilient.
Co-sponsored by the UT Environmental Science Institute.

Texas Drought Symposium

October 22-23, 2012

The UT Center for Integrated Earth System Science (CIESS) hosts a series of Water Forums to share the latest water research and provide opportunities for discussion of trends, problems, and future directions.  ESI is one of the symposium’s sponsors and we sincerely hope that you will be in attendance. A preliminary agenda for this conference, maps and driving directions to the UT campus, and current information on the Texas drought are available below.