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Climate-Smart Agriculture: Innovation and Resiliency

NC State, in partnership with the Office for Science & Technology of the Embassy of France to the United States, is pleased to host the FACTS Symposium in Raleigh, NC that will focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture: Innovation and Resiliency. French Ameri-Can Climate Talks (FACTS) is a public conference series organized by the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States to take place in seven cities in the United States and Canada involving renowned scientists, civil society representatives, NGOs, political figures, journalists and entrepreneurs.

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Talley Student Union | Stewart Theatre

Registration: Free & Open to the Public | Click here to register now!


Who should attend? General public; faculty, staff and students at NC State; scientists, extension faculty and educators; policy-makers and individuals from business, private sector, government and non-profit organizations.

Objectives: Engage the NC State community and stakeholders in the Triangle and Southeast region of the United States to enhance public awareness of the interconnectedness of Climate and Agriculture to advance greater understanding of economic, environmental and societal impacts as well as opportunities for innovation, adaptation and solution-driven approaches.  The program will include brief talks by experts in the field and a moderated panel discussion with participants from NC State, the private sector, government agencies and scientists and economists from France.


U.S. Representatives

  • Dr. Luis Tupas, Deputy Director, Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Dr. Ryan Boyles, North Carolina State Climatologist and University Director, SE Climate Science Center
  • Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton, Professor of Crop Science and Assistant Director of Collaborative Research,
    Center for Environmental Farming Systems, NC State University
  • Dr. Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist for Climate and Land Use Change, U.S. Geological Survey

French Representatives

  • Dr. Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director general of INRA, French National Institute of Agricultural Research
  • Dr. Alban Thomas, Head of the Social Science Scientific Division (SAE2) at INRA, French National Institute of Agricultural Research

This event will take place in tandem with the NC State Global Change Symposuim, which is being organized by the Southeast Climate Science Center (SECSC) – Friday August 28, 2015.

The FACTS Symposium is co-sponsored by the Office for Science & Technology of the Embassy of France to the United States and jointly organized by the Office of International Affairs with a planning group from the Southeast Climate Science Center, NC Climate Office, Southeast Regional Climate Hub, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Sciences and College of Natural Resources.

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