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2020 Earth Optimism Summit

Presented by the Smithsonian Conservation Commons

April 23-25, 2020

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Washington, D.C.


Thursday, April 23, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Innovation Commons

Bird-Friendly Coffee and Breakfast

featuring Student Lightning Talks

9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Main Stage

Big Stories/Big Ideas

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Innovation Commons

Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.

Spotlight Session

Growing Up Green: Education

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.

Spotlight Session

Climate and Coastal Cities

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.

Spotlight Session

Working Land and Seascapes

12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Innovation Commons

Lunch Served

Sustainable Food Town Hall - Deep Dive Workshops with an array of storytellers - Innovation Commons

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Spotlight Session

Movement of Life - Land, Air, Sea

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Spotlight Session

Species and Spaces: In My Neighborhood

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Spotlight Session

New Ways to Feed Us All: Sustainable Food Systems

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Innovation Commons

Coffee Break

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Main Stage

Big Stories in Science - Changing the Narrative

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Evening Event

Repair and Restore Lounge

co-sponsored by the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Friday, April 24, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Innovation Commons

Bird-Friendly Coffee and Breakfast Served

featuring Student Lightning Talks

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Spotlight Session

Women in Science

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Spotlight Session

Transforming Conservation

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Spotlight Session

Infrastructure & Transportation

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Innovation Commons

Coffee Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Main Stage

Environmental Equity, Conservation Leaders, Science and Communities

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Innovation Commons

Lunch Served

Deep Dive Workshops with an array of storytellers - Innovation Commons - Environmental Art Exhibits - “Meet the Artists” and hands on sessions

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Main Stage

Sustainable Energy & Human Creativity, Building a Perfect World, By Design

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Innovation Commons

Coffee Break

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Spotlight Session

Funding the Future

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Spotlight Session

Visual Storytelling

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Spotlight Session

Human and Ecosystem Health

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Evening Event

Earth Optimism Evening Movie Feature

Cocktails in the Commons followed by movies including “Our Gorongosa,” with Tangled Bank Studios. With “heirloom” popcorn!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Innovation Commons

Bird-Friendly Coffee and Breakfast Served

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Main Stage

Looking Ahead, Solutions for the Future, Intergenerational Teams

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