Past conferences

Explaining the Anthropocene (To Each Other): A Conversation Across the Disciplines
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, USA
April 22, 2016     Anthropocene Full Program

Mo’na: Our Pasts Before Us
22nd Pacific History Association Conference
Guam, Mariana Islands
May 19-21, 2016   Email

Anthropology, Weather, and Climate Change
British Museum
May 27-29, 2016

Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability
Twelfth International Conference
Portland State University, Portland, USA
January 21-23, 2016

2015 Museums & Climate Change Workshop:
The Anthropocene in Museums: Reflections, Projections and Imaginings
Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany, 3-4 December 2015
Museum scholars, curators and other practitioners from around the world present critical conversations, workshops and media on the intersections of museums and their involvement in the Anthropocene.
For the full workshop guide please refer to: The Anthropocene in Museums Workshop program

“Activism, Art and Atolls:Communicating the Oceanic Anthropocene”
Dr Jenny Newell presents a public lecture
3 December, 2015. 18:00–19:30, Alter Seminarraum

Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Burning Issues of Our Hot Planet
Friday November 27, 2015 in Ljulbjana, Slovenia
Organized by the EASA Applied AnthropologyNetwork along with other organizations.  See video

Arts and Science of the Anthropocene
Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, Paris, France
October 22,23, 2015

World Symposium on Climate Change Adaption 
Manchester, United Kingdom
September 2-4, 2015

Stockholm, Sweden
October 5-7, 2015
Focused on transformations to sustainability; the challenge of solving problems in the Anthropocene and creating conditions for good lives for people, today and in the future, while strengthening Earth’s life support system.

European Society for Oceanists  
Brussels, Belgium
June 24-27, 2015
Included several sessions around climate change in the Pacific, and a theater performance, Moana, about Pan-Pacific impacts of climate change.

21st International Symposium on Society and Resource Management 
College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
June 13-18, 2015

Climate Change in Culture Conference
University of Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island Convention Centre in Charlottetown, Canada
May 28-31, 2015

Museums, Coastlines, and the Sea
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich
May 20-22, 2015

2015 Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR)
Apia, Samoa
May 11-13, 2015

Rauschenberg Confab “Rising Waters” and Public Art/Infrastructure Project for the City of Seattle Seawall
Captiva Island, Florida
April 27-May 29, 2015

2015 Dialogue Forums: Climate, poverty, catastrophes – Save the World! 
Munich Re Foundation
Munich, Bavaria (Freistaat Bayern), Germany
February 24, March 3, April 14, May 6, 2015

Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene Conference
University of Iowa March 5-8, 2015
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Arctic Frontiers 2015: Climate and Energy
Ninth Arctic Frontiers Conference
Tromsø, Norway January 18-23, 2015

Conference on Environmental, Economic, and Social Sustainability
Eleventh International Conference
Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Copenhagen January 21-23, 2015

Anthropocene Slam
Nelson Institute / Center for Culture, History and Environment,
University of Wisconsin-Madison November 8-10, 2014

 XIX: Environing Exhibits: Science, Technology and Museums in the Anthropocene 
Deutsches Museum Munich
October 26-28, 2014

The Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Apia, Samoa.
September 1-4, 2014
Pre-conference programing: August 28-30

Curating the Anthropocene
Conference session, American Historical Association
Washington, DC January 2-4, 2014
Chair: Jim Fleming
Speakers: Smithsonian, and Jenny Newell, American Museum of Natural History

2013 Museums & Climate Change Workshop:
Collecting the Future
International workshop, American Museum of Natural History
New York October 2-3, 2013
Convenors: Kirsten Wehner, Libby Robin, Jenny Newell, Jacklyn Lacey

Past M&CC Network Workshops

2nd Museums & Climate Change Workshop
Munich 2015

The Anthropocene in Museums: Reflections, Projections and Imaginings

Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany

The Anthropocene is an idea now challenging and inspiring museums of many different kinds and in many parts of the world. This invitational workshop focused on how museum scholars, curators and other practitioners have responded to this concept with new experiments in collecting, exhibiting and programming. It explored what the community of museums engaged with contemporary cultural and environmental issues has learned to date about working with and in the Anthropocene, and asked how these experiences might inform future projects.

Presentations and discussion explored the Deutsches Museum’s Welcome to the Anthropocene exhibition, focusing particularly on how audiences have responded to this ground-breaking gallery. This project was drawn into conversation with other current and emerging projects, including the Deutsches Museum’s forthcoming Energy Transitions exhibition, the National Museum of Australia’s Australia in the Age of Humans project and the American Museum of Natural History’s work with Pacific museums responding to climate change.

For more information about this event please visit the Museums and Climate Change Network Blog.

For the full workshop guide please refer to:

The Anthropocene in Museums Workshop program



Please direct enquiries to one of the convenors:

Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia,

Libby Robin, Australian National University,

Jenny Newell, American Museum of Natural History,

Helmuth Trischler, Rachel Carson Center / Deutsches Museum,

This workshop was sponsored by the Deutsches Museum, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society ( ) and the Museums and Climate Change Network

Climate Change and Anthropocene Exhibitions


Willkommen im Anthropozän  (Welcome to the Anthropocene)
Deutsches Museum, Munich
You tube trailer
Review by James Clifford 

Climate Control
Manchester Museum, United Kingdom

 Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Musée de la Nature du Valais, Sion, Switzerland

Atmosphere: exploring climate science
Science Museum, London


Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy
Museum of the City of New York, New York

Human Origins: Climate Change and Human Evolution 
National Museum of Natural History, District of Columbia


Willkommen im Anthropozän/Welcome to the Anthropocene
Deutsches Museum, Berlin

Climate + Change
International Mountain Museum, Pokhara

Climate Change, Climate Challenge
Science Center, Singapore

Climate Change and Its Impact
The Jockey Museum of Climate Change, Hong Kong

Earth Lab: Degrees of Change
Koshland Science Museum, Washington, DC


Carbon 14: Climate is Culture
Cape Farewell and Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto


Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya
MIT Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Seasons of Change: Global warming in your backyard
Peabody Museum, Yale


Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape
Museum of the North, University of Alaska (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Then & Now traveling exhibit


Climate Change: our future, our choice
The Australian Museum, Sydney

Climate Change traveling exhibit


Climate change exhibition
Uganda Museum and the British High Commission


Climate Change: The threat to life and a new energy future
American Museum of Natural History, New York


Climate change: Our global experiment
Harvard Museum of Natural History (Cambridge, Mass.)

Klima X
The Norwegian National Museum of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Oslo

Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego (La Jolla, California)

Global Warming
American Museum of Natural History



Cape Farewell
David Buckland’s international cultural program, based at the Dana Center, Science Museum, London


Exhibitions with climate change content


Nature’s Fury: The science of natural disasters
American Museum of Natural History, New York


Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture
American Museum of Natural History, New York


Water: H2O = Life
American Museum of Natural History, New York

Network Members

John Anderson

Director of Education,
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Ph: (617)973-0256
Runs the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation.Goal is to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public in ways that are engaging and stimulate productive dialogue. 

Amy Balkin

A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting, and Associate Professor,
California College of the Arts
Current projects include A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting ( and organizing public readings of the IPCC documents.


Jessica Brainard

Curator New Museum Project

New museum, Western Australia

Locked Bag 49, Welshpool DC. WA 6986


Emma Burns

Natural Sciences Collection
Otago Museum
Ph +64 |03| 479 3276419
Great King Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand 
Emma’s background is in zoology, psychology and biological anthropology and her work focuses on exhibition content development, collections research and interpretation, implementing collection development strategy, and on projects that that seek to revive indigenous Māori aspects to natural science. Broadly, she is interested in history, ecology, human, and nature interactions including climate change. Currently, she is a trainee taxidermist and anatomist.


Céline Eidenbenz

Directrice (Director),
Musée d’art du Valais, Sion
Kunstmuseum Wallis, Sitten
Valais Art Museum, Sion
Place de la Majorie 15
CH – 1950 Sion
T +41 27 606 46 79
F +41 27 606 46 74
Collaboration to an interdisciplinary exhibition project about the Anthropocene (2016) directed by Dr. Nicolas Kramar, Valais Nature Museum, Sion.

William L. Fox

Center for Art + Environment
160 West Liberty Street
Reno, Nevada 89501 USA


Liisi Jääts

Estonian National Museum 
Veski 32, Tartu
51014, Estonia
Telephone: +372.7350.408


Robert Janes

Museum Management and Curatorship
Adjunct Professor, Department of Archaeology,
The University of Calgary, Canada
Faculty website  
His research, writing and public speaking are devoted to encouraging museums to look at their work from the perspectives of sustainability, relevance and testing long-held assumptions. I am interested in reflecting on traditional museum practices and exploring alternate ways of understanding and doing museum work.


Bliss Jensen

Creative Director New Museum project

New museum, Western Australia

Locked Bag 49, Welshpool DC. WA 6986


Richard Johnson

Senior Project Manager,
Franklin Institute
222 West 20th St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Ph: (215)448-1348  
The Climate and Urban Systems Partnership is a group of informal science educators, climate scientists and learning scientists who explore innovative ways to engage residents in climate change issues.


Nicolas Kramar

Musée de la nature
Av. de la Gare 42
Case postale 2244
CH – 1950 Sion 2-N 
TPlanning an interdisciplinary exhibition project about the Anthropocene (2016) in collaboration with Dr. Céline Eidenbenz, Valais Art Museum, Sion.


Miranda Massie

The Climate Museum
800 3rd Ave
21st Floor
New York, New York 10022 


Henry McGhie

Head of Collections
Curator of Zoology
Honorary Scientific Associate,
Faculty of Life Sciences
Manchester Museum
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road Manchester, UK | M13 9PL |
0161 275 2482
Follow us on Twitter @McrMuseum 
Our Museum is committed to promoting understanding between cultures and working towards a sustainable world. We seek to enable people to explore and understand environmental topics, and to encourage and empower them to make positive contributions towards sustainability.


Edward Morris

The Canary Project
Current project entitled A History of the Future


Cameron Muir

People and the Environment, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Current projects include ‘Localizing the Anthropocene: Australia in the Age of Humans’ (ARC Linkage grant)


Dr. Sarina Pearson

Senior Lecturer Postgraduate Adviser,
Media, Film & Television
University of Auckland 
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9 3737599 ext 88900 


Ulrike Plath

Professor and Head,
Estonian Centre for Environmental History
Rüütli 6, Tallinn
10130 Estonia
Telephone: +372 6836475


Md. Mahmudur Rahman

German House
House-10/A, Road 90,Gulshan-2,
Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh.
Mobile:  +8801911561912
I am working climate change issues in Bangladesh. At the same time I am tracking climate change issues and negotiations locally and internationally. As you know Bangladesh is the most vulnerable country due to climate change. This country has not enough skill to deal with climate negotiations. I am trying as my personal level to raise the voice for the government of Bangladesh to deal better negotiations for international level. I have a blog Climate Change Issues Negotiations and Bangladesh Position where I’m tracking the latest information about the climate policy and other relevant initiative to disseminate to the maximum number of people.


Alice Ryder

Audience Advocate, New Museum Project

New museum, Western Australia

Locked Bag 49, Welshpool DC. WA 6986


Susannah Sayler

Assistant Professor,
Department of Transmedia
Syracuse University
The Canary Project
T +1 917.330.2221
Current project   entitled A History of the Future


Thom Van Dooren

Environmental Humanities,
University of New South Wales, Australia
Interests: Ethics and politics of conservation and extinction; wildlife management in the Anthropocene; Public environmental humanities; Field philosophy and collaborative public storytelling on environmental change.


Josh Wodak

Associate Lecturer,
UNSW | Art & Design
Paddington Campus
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd
Paddington, NSW 2021
T +61 (2) 8936 0803


Jennifer Woodcock-Medicine Horse

Pd.D. candidate,
American Studies, Museums Studies, Indigenous Studies
Montana State University
Cell: (406) 539-5487


Mariko Yoshida

PhD student
Australian National University
ANU ACT 0200 Australia
-Researching social ideas of climate “adaptation” and changes is current ecological thinking by looking at techno-scientific practices of oyster farming.

-Masters thesis on local interpretation and experiences of sea-level rise in Tuvalu (2013)