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We are very much looking forward to gathering for the Climate Change Symposium on Sustaining Coastal Cities. This page includes details you may find helpful in preparing for this event.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Conference Chair Judith Pederson ( / 617-252-1741)


Please send a copy of your presentation to Lillie Paquette ( by Wednesday, June 11, 2014. We will have a projector for PowerPoint slides and an MIT Audio/Visual technician present each day to manage the projector and address issues that arise.

All presentations in the Wong Auditorium will be video recorded; please complete and sign our permission form and send a scanned copy to Lillie Paquette by Thursday, June 12, 2014.

If you make changes to your presentation after June 11, please bring your presentation on a thumb drive or CD-ROM for upload at the event. If you have video as part of your presentation, please work with the audio/visual technician on site to be sure it can play during your talk. You may check with the technician before the first talks of the day, or during the lunch break on the day of your presentation.


We are working on arranging INTERVIEWS with media attendees, and we will have a special media room available during the Symposium for private interviews.

A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST will be served each morning of the symposium, with refreshment breaks offered mid-mornings and in the afternoons. A reception will take place in the Ting Foyer, right outside the Wong Auditorium, on Tuesday evening. Lunch and dinner are on your own.


Please review the schedule and the expectations for the sessions. Most of the sessions will have 3-4 presenters, with time allotted at the end of each session for questions and answers. You may also chose to leave a few minutes at the end of your individual presentation for a short specific questions and answers. At the end of the last presentation of your session, you will be invited on stage for a panel discussion with the other session presenters and a moderator. Questions will be submitted by the audience on index cards and organized by the moderator for the panel discussion.

There will be one session of concurrent talks on Monday, June 16, 2014 from 1:45 - 2:45 PM. These sessions will focus on currently used models for sea level rise, inundation and surge, climate ready tools, and interactive opportunities for understanding impacts. All concurrent sessions will take place in Tang Center classrooms to be assigned and announced soon.

In order to encourage all speakers to stay on schedule, the moderators will use cards with time remaining reminders of 5 minutes, 2 minutes, and 1 minute.