2018 Conference Schedule

Join us for a weekend of forging and ratifying a new collaborative model for artists and scientists addressing climate change.

This inaugural program (interchangeably called by the team as Proto Broto or Tasting Menu Broto) is designed to introduce a lot of ideas, with the goal of deeper dives into the content in future conferences and meetings and online. This initial conference agenda is, therefore, designed to set a tone and a long-term path and leave the door open for longer discussions as we develop.

Our main goal: To establish a set of guidelines that allows “substantive, mutual, real-time and credible” collaboration to flourish.

You can buy an All-Event pass for everything, or purchase off the a la carte program menu.


Here is what we have planned so far, with several details yet to confirm. Schedule is subject to change.

May 4: Broto’s Opening Celebration

4 PM – 6 PM Early Bird Gathering/Registration

An early chance to mix and mingle with our Broto attendees and team, sign in to the conference and begin your Broto: Art, Science & Collaboration weekend. Registration will be available all weekend.

Venue: Pilgrim House

7 PM-10 PM Opening Gala/Fundraiser

Join us for the official launch of Broto: Art, Science & Collaboration – a new venture that builds on Cape Cod’s rich art and science history and provides new tools toward new solutions for our collective climate change challenge. We’ll set the tone for the weekend’s work and introduce our big idea to our guests and the world.

Keynote Speaker: TBC

Venue: Pilgrim House

May 5: Conference Day 1, Building the Blueprint

8 AM Morning Coffee Gathering

Pilgrim House

8:30 AM Day 1 Welcome

We have a brisk, intense, high-level day-and-a-half program for our first Broto: Art, Science & Collaboration conference. We’ll lay out the goals of the weekend and the scope of the challenge.

• Speaker: Ian Edwards, Broto Director

9 AM Panel 1: Using Art to Inform Science

Already scientists and their scientific explorations are benefiting from the insights they gain from art and art collaborators. We’ll hear from scientists working this way today.

• Speakers: Dhruba Deb, Cancer Researcher, UT Southwestern Medical Center; Jose Contreras-Vidal, Neuroscience Engineer, University of Houston; Josh Willis, Climatologist, NASA

• Moderator: Julia Buntaine, Director, SciArt Center

10:15 AM Art & Science in Sustainability

What’s the impasse that the Broto initiative addresses? We’ll review the status of climate change work, the contributions of art and science in sustainability and an exploration of how they coexist.

• Speaker: Edgar Cardenas, PhD, University of Michigan

10:45 AM Break

11 AM Panel 2: Merging Artistic and Scientific Methodologies

Before we explore an actual collaboration framework, we’ll hear from our pilot project collaborators, along with experts on the intersection of art and science to explore how we might tackle hybridized, share-intention process.

• Speakers: Joerg Dressler, Artist; Mark Borrelli, Coastal Studies; Elizabeth Bradfield, Author; Stephanie Vasko, Managing Director, MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity

• Moderator: Mark Adams, Painter and Cartographer, National Park Service

12:30 PM Working Lunch/Introduction to the Broto Collaboration Blueprint

What is the Broto-minted collaboration model? We’ll explore the main points of the model, its background and its intended purpose in advance of an interactive workshop on the draft guidelines – during the lunch break, to keep the pace brisk.

• Speaker: Ian Edwards, Broto Director

1 PM Workshop: Evaluating/Refining the Broto Blueprint

This 90-minute, interactive, participatory workshop with the Broto attendees is our focus on the draft guidelines – with discussion, brainstorming, breakout sessions and refinements from our assembled group. Attendees will get a chance to dissect the draft blueprint and offer refinements in advance of a vote Sunday to ratify the first guidelines.

• Facilitator: Edgar Cardenas, PhD

2:45 PM Break

3:15 PM Speaker: PlanetWorks

A principal of Arizona State University's PlanetWorks discusses that project's work and impacts.

• Speaker: Hilairy Hartnett, PhD, Arizona State University

4:15 PM Panel 3: Imagining a World Already Made Sustainable

What leapfrogs us to the end game of our sustainability efforts? We might innovate more effective climate change solutions if we imagine a future already made environmentally and socially sustainable and the brave steps we took to make it happen.

• Speakers: TBC

• Moderator: TBC

5:30 PM Day 1 Close

We’ll review a top line summary of the day and an look ahead to Sunday’s program.

• Speaker: Ian Edwards, Broto Director

7 PM Roast! Celebratory Dinner

Broto’s Roast! evening begins with a roast-inspired menu at Pilgrim House. Join us to celebrate the day’s work in exploring our Art-Science collaboration blueprint. Dinner attendees will get VIP seating for the follow up Roast! Climate Change Comedy Nite event.

Venue: Pilgrim House

8:30 PM Roast! Climate Change Comedy Nite

Broto’s Roast! evening closes with a cabaret-style comedy night event – part social commentary experiment, part exploration of the power of humor to make climate change mainstream, all smart entertainment. Join us for a provocative evening with accomplished comics.

Venue: Pilgrim House

May 6: Conference Day 2, Ratifying the Blueprint

8 AM Morning Coffee Gathering

Pilgrim House

8:30 AM Broto’s Digital World

Broto: Art, Science & Collaboration has a robust digital platform for engaging, encouraging and cataloguing collaboration – through a shared work platform, digital outreach and social media. Broto-minted collaboration can happen anywhere and we’ll explore the digital tools as part of our Day 2 Welcome.

• Speaker: Matt Clark, The Narrow Land

9 AM Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, and design

Hemlock Hospice is an art-based interpretive trail and immersive, site-specific science-communication project at Harvard Forest at Petersham, MA. It tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree by an aphid-like insect. The project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests.

• Speakers: David Buckley Borden, interdisciplinary artist and designer, Harvard Forest and Aaron Ellison, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest

10 AM Break

10:30 AM Workshop: Ratifying the Broto Blueprint/Exploring Broto’s Community Quest

This 60-minute, interactive, participatory workshop revisits the top-line ideas and revisions to the Broto Collaboration Blueprint, the goals and the next steps – and ends with a vote among attendees to ratify and sign the 2018 draft to begin the journey. A show of hands, please! And, as just the very beginning of a much longer and involved discussion about our Broto community and its vision, we’ll explore the initial impressions in conversation with attendees. What are your initial comments?

• Facilitator: Ian Edwards, Broto Director

11:30 AM Panel 4: Introducing Our Next Collaborators

What better way to explore next steps for Broto than meet our next collaborators?

• Speakers: TBC

• Moderator: TBC

12:45 PM Conference Close

A thank you to our attendees and supporters who made Broto’s inaugural conference come together – and a look toward 2019.

• Speaker: Ian Edwards, Broto Director

More details to come as we can fill them in.