Events - John Virdin

Date and Time
Friday, February 19, 2021 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Online Event

Virtual Policy Boot Camp: International Institutions

In this session, John Virdin, director of the Nicholas Institute's Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, will introduce participants to international institutions and discuss what they do and how they differ from each other. Institutions covered will include the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Date and Time
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (PST)
Location
Online Webinar

The Anthropocene Ocean

John Virdin, Director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, is among the panelists for "The Anthropocene Ocean" on January 27.

Date and Time
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (EST)
Location
Webinar

Breaking the Plastic Wave Across the Commonwealth

Hosted by the UK Government and Common Seas, this event will explore findings of two seminal publications on solutions to the plastics pollution crisis and discuss the relevance of these to the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance and our collective efforts to tackle marine plastics.

Date and Time
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EST)
Location
Webinar

Breaking the Plastic Wave Across the Commonwealth

Hosted by the UK Government and Common Seas, this event will explore findings of two seminal publications on solutions to the plastics pollution crisis and discuss the relevance of these to the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance and our collective efforts to tackle marine plastics.

Date and Time
Friday, October 23, 2020 - 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location
Online Event

Oceans and Climate Conference

This entirely student-led conference aims to bring together students, practitioners, and faculty to collectively explore the links, trade-offs, and tensions at the nexus of climate change, oceans, and coastal ecosystems.

Date and Time
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. (GMT)
Location
Online webinar

Single Use Plastic Products and Learnings from LCA - Webinar Series A - Part 1

The United Nations Environmental Programme life cycle team is currently progressing single-use plastic products work (UNEA4/Res 9) leading up to UNEA5. As part of this activity, UNEP is launching a webinar series running every Tuesday this October.

Date
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Location
Online webinar

20 Years of Government Responses to the Global Plastic Pollution Problem

The Nicholas Institute is hosting a pair of webinars to discuss the state of government policy responses to plastic pollution and a recent Duke University analysis of those responses.

Date and Time
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Location
Online Webinar

Virtual Ocean Dialogues

John Virdin, director of the Nicholas Institute's Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, will be among the panelists in a session hosted by WWF International called "Pollution Parallels: When Does Global Governance Work?". Virdin will discuss the findings of the Nicholas Institute's new report, 20 Years of Government Responses to the Global Plastic Pollution Problem.

Date and Time
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location
Zoom Online Meeting

Virtual Social Hour

As the school year comes to a close, the Nicholas Institute is hosting a virtual social hour for Duke students. Join Institute professionals to chat about advice for starting a career in environmental or energy policy, how to search for a job or internship, or anything else that is on your mind.

Date and Time
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. to Wednesday, March 18 - 7 p.m.
Location
Stanford University, California

POSTPONED — 2020 Natural Capital Symposium

The Natural Capital Symposium is a major convening of leaders advancing the science and practice of incorporating nature’s diverse values into decisions. Each year, participants representing universities, NGOs, businesses, governments, multi-lateral development banks, and other institutions learn about and share their own experiences advancing the frontiers of science, the development and application of practical tools and approaches, and how natural capital understanding is being used today to transform decisions. 

Date and Time
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
Grainger Hall, Board Room (Room 5109)

Policy Boot Camp: International Institutions

John Virdin, director of the Nicholas Institute's Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, will introduce participants to international institutions and discuss what they do and how they differ from each other.

Date and Time
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 9 a.m. to Friday, June 8 - 3 p.m.
Location
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Global Forum on Education and Innovation

John Virdin, director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak at the week-long Global Forum on Education and Innovation in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

Date and Time
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 8:15 a.m. to Friday, June 9 - 6 p.m.
Location
United Nations Headquarters 
New York

Ocean Conference

Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director John Virdin will share his expertise on the so-called blue economy at several side events at the Ocean Conference, the high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The conference will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York, June 5–9, coinciding with World Oceans Day, June 8.

Virdin will serve as a panelist at three side events: Financing for the Blue Economy in Small Island Developing States, sponsored by Grenada and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (June 5, 11 a.m.), Adopting the Blue Economy: A Viable Path to Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States, sponsored by Grenada, the Netherlands, Cabo Verde, and the Food and Agriculture Organization (June 5, 1:15 p.m.), and The Role of the Oceans in Sustainability: Benefits of Achieving SDG 14 for all Sustainable Development Goals, sponsored by the Nippon Foundation (June 9, 5 p.m.).

Date and Time
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:40 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Location
Washington, D.C.

6th Blue Vision Summit

Rising sea levels, storms, and degradation of coastal habitats threaten more than 8 percent of U.S. jobs and GDP that our coastal economy helps to generate. Ocean and Coastal Policy Program director John Virdin will talk about those problems and potential solutions as a member of the Blue Economy Panel at the 6th Blue Vision Summit in Washington, D.C., May 9–11. The summit brings ocean conservation leaders together every two years to network, build the blue movement, and meet with the administration and Congress.

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Location
North Carolina State University's McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC

North Carolina’s Coastal Conference

John Virdin, director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak at North Carolina’s Coastal Conference 3:15-4:45 p.m. April 5 on the topic of coastal economics. 

For more information, visit the conference website

Date and Time
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 9 a.m. to Sunday, May 22 - 5 p.m.
Location
Radisson Grand Beach Resort, St. George's, Grenada

Blue Week 2016: The International Conference to Promote Blue Growth and Investment

John Virdin, director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will give two presentations during Blue Week 2016: The International Conference to Promote Blue Growth and Investment in St. George’s, Grenada, May 14-22.

At the conference, Virdin will focus discussion on major elements, principles and prospects for blue growth and blue economy. He will share a conceptual framework for the blue economy/blue growth to achieve the sustainable development target 14.7.

Date and Time
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Steering Africa’s Blue Economy: The Role of International Law and Lessons for Other Maritime Regions

John Virdin, director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak on the panel "Steering Africa’s Blue Economy: The Role of International Law and Lessons for Other Maritime Regions" at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law April 1.

Date and Time
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location
Fuqua School of Business

Leadership in a Time of Rapid Change: Envisioning Solutions to Environmental Challenges

The Nicholas Institute will host a day-long forum—convened in honor of its tenth anniversary—to assess how we can harness big data, cutting-edge technologies, and adaptation research to create science-based, interdisciplinary approaches attuned to the accelerating and dynamic change in the world.

Date and Time
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location
World Bank offices, Level 19, 14 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW

Fishing for a Sustainable Future

The global fish market is big business—worth a staggering $137.7 billion annually. Management of the world’s fisheries, like many of our precious natural resources, is a challenging and complex system, driven by factors of territory, conservation, culture and revenue.