Prof. Naomi Oreskes and Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. gave each keynote presentations at the PACITA conference.
Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent. Her 2004 essay “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change” (Science 306: 1686) has been widely cited, both in the United States and abroad, including in the Royal Society’s publication, “A Guide to Facts and Fictions about Climate Change,” in the Academy-award winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, and in Ian McEwan’s novel, Solar. Professor Oreskes 2010 book, “Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global warming”, co-authored with Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize, and received the 2011 Watson-David Prize from the History of Science Society.
Roger Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado since 2001 and is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). His research focuses on science, innovation and politics and in 2011 he began to write and research on the governance of sports organizations, including FIFA and the NCAA. He is also author, co-author or co-editor of seven books, including “The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics” published by Cambridge University Press (2007). His most recent book is “The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell you About Global Warming” (2010, Basic Books).