French Ameri-Can Climate Talks San Francisco - How do literature, tech and science (fiction) envision after tomorrow in the context of global warming?

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As part of the After Tomorrow season and the French American Climate Talks program (FACTS), the Service for Science and Technology and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in the United States are organizing a debate around actors who We rarely hear about climate change: science fiction, high school students and researchers in the field of "soft" geoengineering.

How do literature, tech and science envision after tomorrow in the context of global warming? How do they tackle this issue? Which pragmatic or crazy solutions do they imagine or dream about ? Organized in the context of the After Tomorrow cultural season, the event will consist in an interdisciplinary panel moderated by Shana Rappaport from GreenBiz Group, crossing the points of views of science fiction, entrepreneurial world and scientific research on climate change.

The moderator

Shana Rappaport has worked actively for over a decade as a cross-industry convener to advance sustainability solutions. Over the last five years, as director of strategic programs for GreenBiz Group, Shana has helped build and scale the VERGE global event series, focusing on how technology accelerates the clean economy. VERGE convenes the world’s largest companies, public sector leaders, utilities and technology innovators to advance systemic opportunities for business, cities, the environment and the planet. Shana has created and hosted several key VERGE programs, including VERGE Accelerate and the VERGE Summit Series.

The speakers

Sylvie Denis is considered by literary critics as the “Grande Dame of French science-fiction”, both thanks to her novels and short stories and to her contributions as a science-fiction essayist, critic, anthologist, editor and translator. Her works question new technologies and their impact on our societies. She received the Prix Solaris in 1998 for L’Anniversaire de Caroline, the Rosny Aîné Award in 2000 for Dedans-Dehors and the Julia Verlanger Award in 2004 for Haute Ecole. She is currently working on a new novel exploring the themes of climate change and migration.

Zoé Bezpalko is Sustainability Strategy Manager at Autodesk, building solutions for the design and manufacturing industries to achieve their sustainability goals and have a positive impact on the planet. She defines herself as an “eco-imagineer”.

Leslie Field, Ph.D., has been working to save polar ice since 2006. An inventor with 54 US patents who has worked at HP Labs, Agilent Labs and Chevron Research, Leslie earned her B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from MIT and her MS and PhD in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley. Now she runs both Ice911 Research and SmallTech Consulting and lectures at Stanford.

Marcus Luebke is a student from the Designtech high school (Redwood City), an innovative, free public high school whose goal is to make students innovation-ready by helping them develop skills that are critical to success in the 21st century - skills like collaboration, creativity, self-management, and communication. Marcus Luebke as been working on projects related to global warming since his 9th grade year.

Event Details

When: Mai 10, 2018, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Autodesk Gallery, 1 Market St #200, San Francisco, CA 94105
More information: After Tomorrow

This event is part of After Tomorrow, a season by the French Consulate in San Francisco, the Cultural and Scientific Services of the French Embassy in the United States, French Tech San Francisco, Institut Français and the French American Cultural Society.