This opportunity is curated through the UF TESI Environmental Leaders Network. Opportunities posted through the Network may not be affiliated with the Florida Museum or TESI, but are shared with UF undergraduate students who want to learn more about environmental research, education and outreach, and civic engagement. 

Host Organization

UF College of Journalism and Communications, the Florida Climate Institute, and the Thompson Earth Systems Institute

Opportunity Description

How do we build trust in science and scale up climate literacy? Join us for UF’s 9th annual Climate Communications Summit for a special program on the state of climate change in Florida, how scientists know what they know, and scaling up public understanding of how extreme weather connects to climate change.

Summit Agenda

2 p.m. – The State of Climate Change in Florida

  • Florida climatologist David Zierden with a year-in-review climate report

3 p.m. – What We Know and How We Know It

4 p.m. – Attributing Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change

Optional Journalists’ Workshop and Networking Lunch: Climate Data for Journalists with state climatologist David Zierden and Alex Harris, lead climate reporter for The Miami Herald, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the College of Journalism and Communications.

Start Date/End Date

Thursday, January 25, 2024 @2 PM– 5 PM


UF Reitz Union 655 Reitz Union Drive, Gainesville, FL 32603


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