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Climate Change and Ecosystems
November 8-9, 2018
Washington, DC

This Sackler Forum examined the latest science on how climate change can affect terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems, in particular addressing current research frontiers such as effects of changes in climate variability and extremes; interactions among multiple stressors; thresholds and the potential for abrupt change; and multi-trophic interactions. A key output was identification of priority avenues for scientific research and policy advice and implementation.


Dealing with Carbon Dioxide at Scale
October 2017
Buckinghamshire, UK

This Forum looked in depth at two areas relating to the need to limit carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. The first of these was the potential to use carbon dioxide as a commodity in industry and manufacturing, which explored to what extent carbon dioxide might be of some value as a resource rather than just a costly and harmful waste. The second was to examine the role of agriculture and forestry in the sequestration of carbon dioxide and whether it is possible to better harness the way plants, crops, trees, and soils assimilate carbon dioxide.

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The Frontiers of Machine Learning
January 31-February 1, 2017
Washington, DC

Scientists from the U.K. and the U.S. explored potential applications for machine learning, including legal and ethical challenges. As the field evolves, machine learning has the potential to transform a diverse range of sectors including transportation, medicine, public services, and finance.

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Synthetic Biology and Gain of Function Research
November 2015
Buckinghamshire, UK

The sixth Sackler Forum convened international experts from academia, government, industry, regulatory and non-governmental organizations to discuss the cutting edge technologies in synthetic biology, gene-drives and gain of function research and discussed ethical considerations and overall impacts that these scientific advances might have on national and international governance and regulations.

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Cybersecurity Dilemmas: Technology, Policy, and Incentives
December 8-9, 2014
Washington, DC

The fifth Sackler Forum brought together approximately 60 participants from academia, government, industry, philanthropy, and non-governmental organizations. The two-day meeting included presentations and discussions on such topics as cybersecurity and international relations, privacy, rational cybersecurity, and accelerating progress in cybersecurity.

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Climate Change: Evidence and Causes
February 27, 2014
Washington, DC

The fourth Sackler Forum convened a UK-US team of leading climate scientists who produced a brief, readable reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individuals seeking authoritative information on questions concerning climate change. The booklet was released at a well-attended launch event on February 27, 2014. 

Some 900 people watched the webcast of the event, and its reach through Twitter and other social media tools extended the audience to thousands more. 

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Modeling Earth's future
September 19-20, 2012
Buckinghamshire, UK

The third Sackler Forum brought together over 80 UK and US scientists from two modeling communities – climate and integrated assessment – to discuss the potential and the pitfalls associated with modeling human-natural systems.

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Neuroscience and the Law
March 2-3, 2011
Irvine, California

The second Sackler Forum brought together experts for presentations and moderated discussions in the following areas: neuroscience in court, mind reading (including a discussion of lie detection, pain, and false memory), criminal responsibility and sentencing, moral reasoning and psychopathy, and the developing brain.

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Advancing Agriculture: How can crop science and technology contribute to feeding nine billion people?
December 14-15, 2009
London, U.K.

The inaugural Sackler Forum included presentations by experts on the various ways in which recent and imminent developments could contribute towards meeting the food supply challenge. The topics were aligned with major reports from the Royal Society and the National Academy of Sciences addressing food production and agriculture and were focused on three major themes: challenges for global agriculture, crop improvement and crop management, and science and policy in the public and private sectors.

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