CSSP will present its Virtual Spring Leadership Workshop on May 1-4. Preview our updated agenda, including modified times below.

2021 Spring Leadership Workshop

Theme: Trusting science for a changing planet

All sessions will be presented online. Agenda is subject to change.


All times are U.S. Eastern.

1:00-1:05 pm

Registration - Open House Networking

1:05-1:20 pm

CSSP Meeting Opening and Welcome

1:20-2:20 pm

Keynote: Advancing Climate focused Science

2:20-2:50 pm

Breakout rooms

2:50-3:00 pm

Break (screen down time)

3:00-4:00 pm

Session One: Scientific Research for a Healthy Planet
CRISTINA NEGRI – Division Director, Argonne National Laboratory
LINDA BIRNBAUM – Scientist Emeritus, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Moderated by MICHAEL A. GRUSAK - Crop Science Society of America; CSSP Chair-Elect

4:15-5:00 pm

Opening Reception (Virtual Happy Hour)


SUNDAY, 2 May 2021 (VIRTUAL)

All times are U.S. Eastern.

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Session Two (A): Frontiers of Science
Tackling the expanse of fashion waste
JULIE WILLOUGHBY – Chief Science Officer, Circ

12:00-12:30 pm

Breakout rooms

12:30-1:00 pm

Break for food and beverage (screen down time)

1:00-2:00 pm

Session Two (B): Frontiers of Science
Predicting the effects of climate on our planet

KERRY COOK – Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Moderated by SHARON MOSHER - American Geosciences Institute; CSSP Board Member

2:00-2:30 pm

Breakout rooms

2:30-4:00 pm

Session Three: Communicating ground breaking science in a broad manner – both within the scientific community and the broader community at large.
JOE PALCA - NPR Correspondent and SciCommers

4:00-5:00 pm

Breakout rooms for collaboration How can your society, as part of a scientific readiness team, help with solutions to climate issues?

5:15-6:00 pm

Social sessions in breakout rooms (informal)


MONDAY, 3 May 2021 (VIRTUAL)

All times are U.S. Eastern.

11:00 am-12:15 pm

Session Four: Effects of the climate on the planet. How to lead toward resiliency.
GAVIN SCHMIDT – NASA, Senior Climate Adviser
CRAIG MCLEAN – NOAA, Acting Chief Scientist

Moderated by JOHN DOWNING - Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography; CSSP Board Member

12:15-12:45 pm

Breakout rooms

12:45-1:15 pm

Break for food and beverage (screen down time)

1:15-2:30 pm

Session Five: Leading a culture of support for scientific innovation and entrepreneurship in research disciplines and institutions. 

Stimulating and leading a culture that embraces and supports scientific innovation in a professional society. 

MARK VREEKE – Founder, Chemical Angel Network

Redefining Tenure and Promotion systems to support Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
RICH CARTER – Faculty Lead for Innovation Excellence, Oregon State University
KARL MUNDORFF – Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Oregon State University

Moderated by PHIL WEILERSTEIN - Chief Executive, VentureWell

2:30-3:00 pm

Breakout rooms

3:00-4:15 pm

Session Six: Trust in ground breaking science. A legal perspective of the intersection of policy and science.
EMILY HAMMOND - Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; The George Washington University Law School

4:30-5:00 pm

Closing Remarks
CINDY PASKA - CSSP Executive Director


TUESDAY, 4 May 2021 (VIRTUAL Breakfast)

All times are U.S. Eastern.

11:00 am-12:15 pm

Congressional Meeting: Meet with Senior Staff from Ranking Member Frank Lucas' (R-OK) office and House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology.

Discuss SALSTA - Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act with JENNIFER WICKRE - Deputy Staff Director (Lucas), Lead in developing SALSTA
CATE JOHNSON - Senior Professional Staff, House Science, Space and Technology Committee Research and Technology Subcommittee.

Participants may wish to review these documents prior to the session:


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