Featured Speakers Announced! | Broto.eco

Broto: Art, Science & Collaboration announces speakers for its May 4-6 conference in Provincetown

Provincetown, MA (April 6, 2018) – An innovative, annual conference established to explore new frameworks for artists and scientists to collaborate on climate change is attracting an international roster of speakers working in the intersection of art, science, collaboration and sustainability.

“Our goal for this first year is to start a new conversation about how, more than why, art and science should collaborate on issues like climate change, says Ian Edwards, founding director for Broto, which debuts May 4-6, 2018 in Provincetown. “We’ll leverage the rich art and science heritage of Cape Cod and work toward innovative, urgent climate change solutions through a more blended art-sci framework. We want to see what inspiration there is from substantive, real-time, mutual and credible art-science collaborations directed at climate change.”

Panels include Using Art to Inform Science, which will explore what is already happening with art-sci collaboration in fields such as cancer research, neuroscience and climatology and Merging Artistic and Scientific Methods, which explores ways in which a blended method might benefit both art and science. A forward-looking panel – Imagining a World Made Sustainable – takes us to possible end games when the pressing challenges of sustainability are in the past.

Our featured speakers include:

Dehlia Hannah, Research Curator for the Centre for Environmental Humanities in Denmark: Broto’s keynote presenter, Dr. Hannah will present A Year Without a Winter, her current work that revisits the environmental conditions under which the novel Frankenstein was written in order to reframe our climate crisis today.


Hilairy Hartnett, Associate Professor at Arizona State University’s School of Earth & Space Exploration: As co-director of PlanetWorks, a faculty-led ASU initiative, Dr. Hartnett will outline ways her group is designing and managing the future of planet Earth.



Edgar Cardenas, University of Michigan: As a social scientist expert in the processes and mechanisms that foster creative collaborations, Cardenas will review the sustainability challenge and where science-art, in partnership, might take us.




Aaron Ellison, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University’s Harvard Forest and David Buckley Borden, Associate Fellow (Designer-In-Residence), Harvard Forest: These current art-science collaborators will detail their shared work at the Hemlock Hospice project at Harvard Forest and focus on the intersection of ecology, art, and design.

The full roster of speakers is here: https://broto.eco/speakers-guests/.


Broto all-event tickets, including the May 4 Opening Gala, the May 5 and 6 Program and the May 5 Roast! Dinner and Improv Comedy event and annual membership, cost $255. Event tickets are also available al a carte starting at $50 at www.broto.eco/tickets. See www.broto.eco/schedule for more on the program. All events are hosted at Sage/Pilgrim House in Provincetown.

Generous funding for Broto has come from The Palette Fund, The Cape Cod Center for Sustainability, The Cape Cod Foundation’s network of donors, Provincetown’s Economic Development Committee, Massachusetts Cultural Council (through the Provincetown and Truro Cultural Councils) and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

Broto: Art, Science & Collaboration is a new conference and online community of artists and scientists collaborating on climate change. Broto is a project co-hosted by Provincetown Art Association & Museum, the Center for Coastal Studies Provincetown and the Cape Cod Center for Sustainability.

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