Friday, October 23, 2020 - 11:00am
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Next in Water

The speakers in this program will discuss water’s vital role across four areas of modern inquiry: biology, earth science, public health, and the search for extraterrestrial life. 

The Next in Science series provides an opportunity for early-career scientists whose creative, cross-disciplinary research is thematically linked to introduce their work to one another, to fellow scientists, and to nonspecialists from Harvard and the Greater Boston area.

Without water, life as we know it cannot exist. What can researchers in these fields learn from one another? How will the interplay between climate change and oceans affect lives, from microorganisms’ to our own? What may “biosignatures” of alien worlds look like? How can we keep a good relationship with water on Earth, preserving its abundance and potability while keeping it out of city streets as sea levels rise?


  • Chris Bowler, RI ’17, CNRS Director of Research, Institute de Biologie de I’École Normale Supérieure
  • Alyssa Goodman, faculty codirector of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute and Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
  • Xindi (Cindy) Hu data scientist, Mathematica
  • Hilary I. Palevsky, assistant professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College
  • Randi Rotjan, research assistant professor, Department of Biology, Boston University
  • Laura Schaefer, assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Stanford University

A group discussion and audience Q&A will follow the presentations. Attendees are invited to join the speakers in Zoom breakout rooms following this event. If you are interested in attending, register for the full program. Registrants will receive a follow-up email with a separate registration form for the breakout rooms.

Visit the event website to register for this virtual event.

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Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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