Conversations Before Midnight
November 9, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Central Time
Join small-group conversations with experts from around the world!
This unique virtual experience allows you and your guests to join small, carefully curated “tables” and engage with our global audience, thought leaders, and experts from around the world – all from the comfort of your own home.
By participating, you are supporting the Bulletin’s vital mission of equipping the public, policymakers, and scientists with the information needed to reduce man-made threats to our existence, while at the same time elevating the role of science in the formation of public policy.
Online registration for Conversations Before Midnight is now full.
Please contact Delilah Marto at [email protected] for more information or to be added to the wait list.
You can still support the Bulletin by making a gift toward the Conversations Before Midnight $25,000 matching challenge!
Connect with the Bulletin’s global supporters | Participate in high-level conversations | Engage from the comfort of home
The Bulletin’s signature annual event provides attendees the opportunity to engage with the most informed and influential experts tracking man-made threats to our existence. Share this experience with friends or colleagues, or join small curated groups of engaged counterparts from around the world — all from the comfort of your own home.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021*
*All times below are US Central time.
- 4:30 p.m. - Online Event Opens. We encourage you to join at this time and meet people at your virtual table.
- 5:00 p.m. - Live Program begins with Welcome Remarks and Keynote Conversation featuring Rose Gottemoeller with Sharon Squassoni
- 5:30 p.m. - Table Conversation #1 (pre-arranged small group session).
- 6:15 p.m. - Honoring Robert Rosner and Rieser Award Recipient Jake Tibbetts.
- 6:30 p.m. - Table Conversation #2 (pre-arranged small group session).
- 7:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks and Live Program Ends.
For further information, please contact Colleen McElligott at [email protected] or 773.834.2308.
Here's what you need to know to make the most of your evening on Nov. 9!
YOUR PERSONAL LINK
Check your email for a message received Friday, Nov. 5 or Monday, Nov. 8 with your unique access link. We'll send another one 1 hour before the event start time.
If you are unable to find your unique link in your email, please send us a message at [email protected]
Conversations Before Midnight is optimized for Chrome and Firefox browsers. You will experience technical difficulties if you use another browser to access the event. If you don’t already use Chrome or Firefox, please download below.
Join the event from a laptop or desktop computer to make the most of your small-group sessions. Mobile phones and iPads will limit your event experience.
View this instruction document to see visual examples of how to navigate the event platform.
MEET & GREET & EVENT START TIME
Grab your favorite beverage and join us at 4:30 p.m. Central to get to know the members of your small-group session. We strongly encourage you to get online with us before 5 p.m. – this allows YOU to meet your fellow guests and/or catch up with friends and family, and it allows US time to help with any technical issues so you don’t miss any of the event. View the full schedule here.
BE CAMERA READY
There are parts of the event where you will join interactive discussions at virtual tables, so make sure you are camera ready. Grab a drink, snack and a notepad and pen if you like to take notes as there will be many exciting speakers to hear from. Most guests wear casual or business casual for the event.
Need more information? Contact us at [email protected]
Keynote Conversation - Rose Gottemoeller
Rose Gottemoeller is the Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for International Security and Cooperation.
Before joining Stanford, Gottemoeller was the deputy secretary general of NATO from 2016 to 2019, where she helped to drive forward NATO’s adaptation to new security challenges in Europe and in the fight against terrorism. Prior to NATO, she served for nearly five years as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the US Department of State, advising the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation, and political-military affairs. While Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance in 2009 and 2010, she was the chief negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation. Her experience is described in a memoir, Negotiating the New START Treaty, recently published by Cambria Press.
Prior to her government service, she was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with joint appointments to the Nonprolifertion and Russia programs. She served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2006 to 2008 and is currently a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. She is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Special Remarks - Rachel Bronson
Rachel Bronson is the president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, where she oversees the publishing programs, management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing set of activities around nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Before joining the Bulletin, she served for eight years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in a number of capacities including: vice president of studies, vice president of programs and studies, and senior fellow, global energy. She also taught “Global Energy” as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management. She earned a BA in history at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA and PhD in political science from Columbia University in 1997.
Honoree - Robert Rosner
Robert Rosner is the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Rosner served as director of Argonne National Laboratory, where he had previously served as chief scientist. His current scientific research is mostly in the areas of laboratory and astrophysical fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics, and computational physics. His policy-oriented work has focused on the future of nuclear power and the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, as well as various aspects of electrifying the transport sector. Rosner was a founding co-director of the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute, and in 2020 he was elected to the presidential line of the American Physical Society. He is an elected member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Rosner is chair of the Bulletin Science and Security Board.
2020 Leonard M. Rieser Award Recipient - Jake Tibbetts
Jake Tibbetts is the 2020 Leonard M. Rieser Award recipient for his essay, Keeping classified information secret in a world of quantum computing. His article was selected by the Bulletin’s editorial team from its Voices of Tomorrow feature that promotes rising experts who write with distinction on topics including nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies. The Rieser Award is the capstone of the Bulletin’s Next Generation Program, created to ensure that new voices steeped in science and public policy have a trusted platform from which to address existential challenges. It is named for physicist Leonard M. Rieser (1922-1998), board chair at the Bulletin from 1984 to 1998.
Introducing the Evening’s Table Experts
Each virtual table has two provocateurs, established and up-and-coming experts in the fields of nuclear risk, climate change, disruptive technologies, and biosecurity. The provocateurs include members of the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board, Board of Sponsors, and invited experts from around the world.
Table hosts ($5K and above) can select two provocateurs to join their guests for small group conversation tables throughout the evening. Each discussion will run approximately 30 minutes. Titanium and Platinum level supporters receive the earliest selection opportunities. Individual ticket buyers will select their areas of interest and will be placed at tables with similarly interested guests.
Luis Bettencourt - Climate Change
Sara Brown - Climate Change
Alina Chan - Biosecurity (Newly Added)
Lynn Eden* - Nuclear Risk
Rod Ewing* - Nuclear Risk
Steve Fetter* - Disruptive Technologies
Asha George* - Biosecurity
Rose Gottemoeller - Nuclear Risk
Before joining Stanford, Gottemoeller was Deputy Secretary General of NATO from 2016-19. Prior to NATO, she served in the US State Department as Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State. In 2009-10, she was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation, an experience captured in her memoir, Negotiating the New START Treaty, published in May 2021 by Cambria Press. Invite Rose Gottemoeller, our keynote speaker, to your table.
Daniel Holz* - Disruptive Technologies
Laura Kahn - Biosecurity
Sivan Kartha* - Climate Change
Robert Latiff* - Disruptive Technologies
Filippa Lentzos - Biosecurity
Herb Lin* - Disruptive Technologies
W. Ian Lipkin - Biosecurity (Newly Added)
Suzet McKinney* - Biosecurity
Steven Miller* - Nuclear Risk
John Morales - Climate Change
William J. Perry** - Nuclear Risk
Ray Pierrehumbert* - Climate Change
Valerie Plame - Nuclear Risk
Robert Rosner* - Nuclear Risk
Scott Sagan* - Nuclear Risk
Jacob Shapiro - Disruptive Technologies
Robert Socolow* - Climate Change
Susan Solomon* - Climate Change
Sharon Squassoni* - Nuclear Risk
Camille Stewart - Disruptive Technologies
Jon Wolfsthal* Nuclear Risk
*Member of the Bulletin's Science and Security Board
**Member of the Bulletin's Board of Sponsors
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The history of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is a remarkable one, full of some of the greatest thinkers of modern times trying to grapple with a truly existential dilemma: the first invention of humankind that could exterminate humanity.
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