The 2020 INTERSECT@CMU Virtual Conference Series will consider the pandemic's long-term global effects on four foundational elements of society: health, sustainability, the economy and education. The next Sessions will be held on September 18, 25 and October 2, and include afternoon keynote lectures and panel discussions, student-led programming and opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion.
A university-wide effort supported by all seven colleges, this timely conference gathers thought leaders of disparate disciplines and perspectives from within CMU and beyond to explore the impact of COVID-19 on the future of business, technology and humanity. Join us as we discuss how our decisions today can help build a better, more robust and more equitable society.
SUSTAINTABILITY → September 18
As COVID-19 reshapes our economy, it presents opportunities for us to rethink how we view sustainability. For instance, as businesses shifted toward remote work, air quality has notably improved. But will these be temporary effects, or will we take advantage of this forced reset to reengineer our society? And, if we hope to make improvements, how can they be integrated across communities? Can we devise local solutions to improve sustainability and equity globally? Scientists, academics and community leaders will consider how we can integrate sustainability into our society and how that could affect our resistance to future pandemics and environmental risks.