“The People Factor – How Climate Change Alters Its Own Forecasts”: Dr. James Lee, American University,  Friday, November 7th, 3 – 4 pm, Bangor Room (Memorial Union)

Climate Adaptation and Sustainability (CLAS) Conference, October 23rd, 8 am – 5 pm, Wells Conference Center, UMaine Campus



A2C2 IGERT Annual Retreat: Friday, September 12th, Woolley Room, DTAV, UMaine Campus

“Dissolved Organic Carbon in Lakes”: Dr. Kevin Rose, AAAS Fellow, Thursday, January 16th, 2 – 3 pm, Nutting 102

“Where are They Now? Recent IGERT Graduates in the Workplace”: Friday, January 17th, 10 am – Noon, Bangor Room, Memorial Union

INT – 500: Abrupt Climate Change (Session II): Wednesday, October 9th, 5 – 8 pm, Stodder 57

INT – 500: Abrupt Climate Change (Session III): Wednesday, October 23rd, 5 – 8 pm, Stodder 57

Climate Change and Marine Fisheries – Past, Present, and Future: John Hare (NOAA), Friday, October 11th, 11:15 am, 354 Aubert Hall

“Does Culture Cause Climate Change?”: Dr. Richard Wilk, Thursday, September 26th, 2 pm, Wells Conference Center Room 2

INT-500: Abrupt Climate Change (Session I): Wednesday, September 25th, 3 – 9 pm, Stodder 57

“Science Serving Society: Achieving Real-World Solutions”: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Wednesday, September 25th, 1pm, Hauck Auditorium

A2C2 IGERT Annual Retreat: Thursday, September 12th – Saturday, September 14th, Darling Marine Center, Walpole,Maine


A2C2 Colloquium

This participatory colloquium is a central component of the A2C2 program.  It strengthens the interdisciplinary focus of the A2C2 IGERT by providing both trainees and faculty with an engaging discussion forum where they can

  • build a sense of research community
  • develop a shared understanding of ACC through discussion of a set of core readings
  • develop a shared understanding of disciplinary methods, assumptions, and approaches as well as appreciation of the value of different “ways of knowing” across various disciplines

The colloquium meets two times per month, with most meetings devoted to discussion of papers from the set of core readings, and others devoted primarily to trainee presentations in an informal, lab-group format.

Colloquium Schedule – Winter/Spring  2014  (all meetings in Sawyer Conference Room)

  • Friday, January 31st, 12:15 – 1:15 pm
  • Wednesday, February 12th, 9 – 10 am
  • Friday, February 28th, 12:15 – 1:15 pm
  • Wednesday, March 19th, 9 – 10 am
  • Friday, April 4th, 12:15 – 1:15 pm
  • Wednesday, April 16th, 9 – 10 am
  • Friday, May 2nd, 12:15 – 1:15 pm

Departmental Seminar Series

Many of A2C2’s participating departments and schools host engaging seminar and lecture series, with numerous events being relevant in some way to our core program goals.  We encourage A2C2 trainees to attend as many relevant events as possible to assist in the development of a broad, integrated, and interdisciplinary view of adaptation to abrupt climate change.


 UMaine Lectures and Seminars Master Calendar


Event Archive

Special Short Course

The Civic Science Lab: Engaging the Public and Policy Makers


Dr. Matthew Nisbet (American University)

Tuesday, May 14th – Friday, May 17th

Room 48 Stodder Hall

The University of Maine

This four-day workshop introduces scientists, engineers, social scientists and related professionals to research and strategies for more effectively engaging the public and policymakers on sustainability-related issues. Participants will be introduced to different schools of thought, modes of practice, and areas of research relevant to navigating the intersections among science, policy, and communication.  They will also gain an integrated understanding of the institutions, organizations, and actors involved in public communication and policymaker engagement; and the different roles they can play as experts, professionals and educators. Blending seminar-style discussion with strategic exercises and scenario building, the workshop will focus on common themes and linkages relative to debates over climate change, energy technologies, marine and environmental conservation, food biotechnology, aquaculture, and other issues.


Dr. Matthew Nisbet, American University

“Engaging the Public and Decision Makers on Climate Change”

Thursday, February 7th from 2 – 3 pm in 100 Bryand Global Sciences Center

In this presentation, Dr. Nisbet will discuss research on how Americans understand and perceive policy debates related to climate change and energy, focusing on methods that motivate and empower citizens to participate in local and national decision-making. Of particular relevance is the importance of focusing on the health dimensions of climate change and the need to prepare and protect communities against risks.  This process not only requires careful social science research and evaluation, but also investment in new models of regional media and deliberative communication that facilitate learning, collaboration, and dispute resolution.

Dr. Nisbet is Associate Professor of Communication and Co-Director of the Center for Social Media at American University, Washington, D.C. His research investigates the role of media and communication in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over science, the environment, and public health.  He has been a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a Google Science Communication Fellow, and a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He holds an A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Communication from Cornell University.


Friday Webinars: National Climate Impacts Assessment 2013 Webinar Series

Join us for a group viewing of the first in a series of webinars sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

2 – 3 pm on Friday, February 1st in the Winslow Hall Conference Room (room 202)


CCI Climate Issues Seminar Fall 2012 (INT 500)(PDF)


Dr. Andrew J. Pershing, “How will climate change impact the Northwest Atlantic?”

Friday, November 30th at 2 pm in room 100 of Bryand Global Sciences Center