This is the 2017 All Hands Meeting Agenda.  You can find more information on travel, lodging, and transportation accommodations at the bottom of the page.

Thursday, September 28th, 2017


Searle Chemistry Laboratory, Room 240a

5735 S. Ellis Ave


Breakfast and Poster Session [8:30am - 9:30am]

8:30amCoffee and Continental Breakfast

8:45am - Informal Poster Session (each “booth” will have a monitor. Presenters will show a virtual poster, 1-3 slides, or a live demo. Please email Matt Letke with your title)

Welcome and Research Lightning Updates [9:30am - 11:30am]        

We recommended 5 mins of presentation + 5 mins of Q/A:

  • Slide 1 - Team
  • Slides 2/3 - General updates.  What you accomplished in Y2, what have you been working on recently.
  • Slide 4 - What do you hope to get accomplished in Y3 & at this meeting.
  • Slide 5 - Ideas for integration with other teams going forward
  • Slide 6  - Big questions / ideas for later discussion


9:30am - Welcome - Liz Moyer

9:45am - Climate Statistics - Liz Moyer/Michael Stein

10:00am - Agricultural R&D and Forestry investment decisions - Tom Hertel/Alla Golub

10:15am - Global Forests in Integrated Assessment Models - Hertel

10:30am - Global Gridded Crop Model Intercomparison Project - Elliott

10:45am - SCC Damage Functions and Climate Impacts Tool - Greenstone/Jina

11:00am - Spatial DSICE - Yongyang Cai and Buz Brock

11:15amRobustness - Anderson/Brock/Sanstad

Coffee Break [11:30am - 11:45am]

11:30am -  Coffee Break

Board Report Questions/Concerns & Site Visit [11:45am - 12:15pm]

11:45am - Update and Discussion

12:15pm -  Lunch and informal posters

Lunch and Posters [12:15pm - 1:15pm]

1:15pm - 2:30pm - Breakout I

2:30pm - 3:45pm - Breakout II

Breakout Groups [1:15pm - 3:45pm]

Breakouts in working groups and discussion of project progress and integration plans.

3:45pm - Coffee break

Coffee Break [3:45pm - 4:00pm]

Report and Discussion[4:00pm - 5:30pm]

Updates on the results of the breakout groups. What were the highlights?  What common themes emerged? Does a specific pairing want more time to talk in greater detail? Did a topic come up during the day that warrants further discussion by the whole group? 

4:00pm - Report back on breakout discussions

4:30pm - Group discussion of deliverables/key themes


End of Day [5:30pm]

Dinner [7:00pm]

Publican Quality Meats
825 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Breakfast [8:30am - 9:00am]

8:30am -  Breakfast

Recap & Day 2 Goals [9:00am - 10:15am]

9:00am - Small group discussions of deliverables / themes 1-3

10:15am - 10:30am     -     Theme 1

10:30am - 10:45am   -     Theme 2

10:45am - 11:00am     -      Theme 3

Report back [10:15am - 11:00am]

Coffee and posters [11:00am - 11:30am]

11:00am -  Coffee Break and informal poster session

Discussion and Site Visit Planning [11:30am - 12:30pm]

11:30am - Discussion and Site Visit Planning

Working Lunch [12:30pm - 1:30pm]

12:30pm - Working Lunch

Wrap-up and Action Items [1:30pm - 2:30pm]

1:30pm - Define Action Items for October and November

End of Meeting [2:30pm]

2:30pm -  End of Meeting


Potential Themes that cut across groups:




  • Model emulation: tools that pass information from one field to another, reduced-form version of complex simulations
  • Advances in climate impacts assessment: suite of studies identifying / quantifying climate impacts, understanding what factors contribute to impacts
  • Computational agriculture
  • Uncertainty and evaluation: tools and approaches for uncertainty quantification to support decision-making under uncertainty

GoToMeeting Information

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United States: +1 (669) 224-3412

Access Code: 952-566-245

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Lodging Options and Travel Information


Hyatt Place Chicago South/University Medical Center
5225 South Harper Avenue
Online Reservations
Preferred program information

Note: Hyatt Place is partnered with Windy City Limos, available for service to O'Hare and Midway Airports.  Additionally, a shuttle service is available upon request from 7 AM - 7 PM to the University of Chicago Campus.

The Quadrangle Club
1155 East 57th Street
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Air Travel

You are responsible for booking your own air travel.  Travel costs will then be reimbursed through the University.


Please contact Matt Letke if you need any further assistance with your accommodations.