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Nexus of Climate Data, Insurance, and Adaptive Capacity

“Can insurers extend their self-chosen historical role in addressing root causes (as founders of the first fire departments, building codes and auto safety testing protocols) to one of preventing losses at a much larger scale, namely, the global climate?”

-Evan Mills, Science 2005

Please note: Registration is $100/person, and $25/person for students.


Tentative Schedule (subject to change)
Day 1: Schedule of Events

Time Event Location
7:45 – 8:30 am Registration and light refreshments Lounge/Reception
8:30 – 8:50 am Opening Remarks: Josh Dorfman, CEO, The Collider. Robert Erhardt, Workshop Chairperson.
Session 1: The Current State
8:50 – 9:20 am Deke Arndt, Chief, Climate Monitoring Branch, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Education Technology Theater
9:20 – 9:50 am Jennifer Jurado, Chief Resilience Officer and Director, Broward County Government Technology Theater
9:50 – 10:20 am Roy Wright, President & CEO, Institute for Business & Home Safety; Former Deputy, FEMA Technology Theater
10:20 – 10:40 am Discussion
10:40 – 11:00 am Break
Session 2: Future States
11:00 – 11:30 am Doug Nychka, Professor of Applied Mathematics & Statistics at Colorado School of Mines Technology Theater
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lysa Porth, Assistant Professor & Guy Carpenter Chair, University of Manitoba Technology Theater
12:00 – 12:30 pm Jeremy Hess, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Washington Technology Theater
12:30 – 12:45 pm Lunch
Session 3: Changing Extremes and Their Impacts
2:00 – 2:30 pm Stephanie Herring, Climate Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Technology Theater
2:30 – 3:00 pm Dan Cooley, Associate Professor of Statistics, Colorado State University Technology Theater
3:00 – 3:30 pm Raghuveer Vinukollu, Natural Catastrophe Solutions Manager at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. Technology Theater
3:30 – 3:45 pm Discussion
3:45 – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 – 4:20 pm Steve Kolk, Kolkulations Technology Theater
4:20 – 4:30 pm Breakout Group Discussions and Formations: Current climate data products & their use in insurance; Climate projections and their use in insurance; Extreme; Flood rises and FEMA; Climate and Health
4:30 – 6:00 pm Initial Break Out Discussions Overlook Lounge
6:00 – 8:30 pm Poster Session and Reception Overlook Lounge

Day 2: Schedule of Events

Time  Event Location
7:45 – 8:30 am Registration and Refreshments
8:30 – 8:40 am Opening Remarks: Robert Erhardt Technology Theater
8:40 – 10:40 am Reports on Day 1 Breakout Group Discussion Technology Theater
10:40 – 11:00 am Group Discussion
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Reconfigure Breakout Group Discussions: Current Climate Data Projections and Their Use, Climate Projections and Their Use, Extremes, Flood Risks and FEMA and Climate and Health
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm Open Group Discussion and Wrap-Up Technology Theater
2:30 pm Adjourn
2:30 – 4:00 pm Organizing Committee Wrap-Up

Please note: Registration is $100/person, and $25/person for students.


Asheville is a favorite travel destination, particularly in the Fall, thus we suggest you apply for registration early and book your hotel room shortly after confirmation you have been accepted. There are several hotels in Asheville both downtown in walking distance from The Collider and outside the downtown area. We have secured 50 rooms at the following hotel at a reduced rate.

Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown: this hotel is 5 minutes walking distance from The Collider, where all the workshop events take place.  The Hyatt Place will honor a reduced group rate of $129/night for the evenings of 11/7 and 11/8 when booked by November 7, 2018. Thereafter, reduced room rates will not be available. To make reservations at this reduced rate, call the Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown reservations line at 800-233-1234 and specify that you are part of The Collider. Alternatively you may book online, using G-TCOL as group code.

Other nearby hotels include the Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown and the Four Points Downtown

Please note: Registration is $100/person, and $25/person for students.

For any questions, please contact Rob Erhardt at erhardrj@wfu.edu