CSSP will present its Virtual Spring Leadership Workshop on May 1-4. Preview our updated agenda, including modified times below.

2021 Spring Leadership Workshop

Theme: Trusting science for a changing planet

All sessions will be presented online. Agenda is subject to change.


All times are U.S. Eastern.

1:00-1:05 pm

Registration - Open House Networking

1:05-1:20 pm

CSSP Meeting Opening and Welcome

1:20-2:20 pm Keynote: Advancing Climate focused Science

2:20-2:50 pm

2:50-3:00 pm

Breakout rooms

Break (screen down time)

3:00-4:00 pm

Session One: Scientific Research for a Healthy Planet
CRISTINA NEGRIDivision Director, Argonne National Laboratory
LINDA BIRNBAUM – Scientist Emeritus, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Moderated by MICHAEL A. GRUSAKCrop Science Society of America; CSSP Chair-Elect 

4:15 pm

Opening Reception (Virtual Happy Hour)

SUNDAY, 2 May 2021 (VIRTUAL)

All times are U.S. Eastern.

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Session Two (A): Frontiers of Science
Tackling the expanse of fashion waste
JULIE WILLOUGHBYChief Science Officer, Circ

12:00-12:30 pm

12:30-1:00 pm

Breakout rooms

Break for food and beverage (screen down time)

1:00-2:00 pm

Session Two (B): Frontiers of Science                Predicting the effects of climate on our planet
KERRY COOK – Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

2:00-2:30 pm

Breakout rooms

2:30-4:00 pm

Session Three: Communicating ground breaking science in a broad manner – both within the scientific community and the broader community at large.

JOE PALCA, NPR Correspondent and SciCommers

4:00-5:00 pm

5:15 pm

Breakout rooms for collaboration 

Social sessions in breakout rooms (informal)

MONDAY, 3 May 2021 (VIRTUAL)

All times are U.S. Eastern.

11:00 am-12:15 pm

Session Four: Effects of the climate on the planet. How to lead toward resiliency 

GAVIN SCHMIDT – NASA, Senior Climate Adviser
CRAIG MCLEAN – NOAA, Acting Chief Scientist

Moderated by JOHN DOWNING - Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography; CSSP Board Member

12:15-12:45 pm

12:45-1:15 pm

Breakout rooms

Break for food and beverage (screen down time)

1:15-2:30 pm

Session Five: Scientific research as a path to entrepreneurship. Demonstrating a path toward increasing the positive recognition about the benefits of your work.

2:30-3:00 pm

Breakout rooms

3:00-4:15 pm

Session Six: Trust in ground breaking science. A legal perspective of the intersection of policy and science 

EMILY HAMMOND Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; The George Washington University Law School 

4:30 pm

Closing Remarks
CINDY PASKA - CSSP Executive Director


TUESDAY, 4 May 2021 (VIRTUAL Breakfast)

All times are U.S. Eastern.

11:00 am-12:15 pm

Congressional Meeting: Meet with Senior Staff from Ranking Member Frank Lucas' (R-OK) office and House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology. Discuss SALSTA - Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act with

JENNIFER WICKRE - Deputy Staff Director, Lead in developing SALSTA
CATE JOHNSON - Senior Professional Staff, House Science, Space and Technology Committee Research and Technology Subcommittee 


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