Upcoming Events

The Risk Center seeks the active input and involvement of experts and stakeholders across sectors and disciplines through a variety of avenues, including round-table discussions, seminars, conferences, and other events. This page lists events hosted by the Center, or hosted by our partners with Center participation.

Questions about upcoming events?  Please contact Carol Heller, Event Manager at hellerc@wharton.upenn.edu.

October

Energy Economics & Finance Seminar

The seminar series in Energy Economics & Finance (EEF) is organized by Susanna BerkouwerMike AbitoArthur van Benthem and hosted by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. The scope of the seminar includes regulation and policy papers on environmental and transportation issues, as long as there is a connection with energy.

Seminars are biweekly on Mondays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Click HERE to add the EEF schedule to your calendar.  Zoom meeting links are listed in the calendar feed.  A passcode is required in order to join; it is included in the biweekly emailed meeting announcement.

Monday, October 18, 4:00 pm.  Lucas Davis (UC-Berkeley)

Monday, October 25, 4:00 pm.  Francisco Costa (U Delaware)

Monday, November 8, 4:00 pm.  Paige Weber (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Monday, November 15, 4:00 pm. Sam Stolper (University of Michigan)

Wharton Alumni Climate Change Conference (Virtual)

Monday, October 18 – Thursday, October 21, each day from 11:00am – 1:00pm ET

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. Keeping the climate safe for future generations will require a multilateral approach and trillions of dollars toward mitigation, adaptation, and restoration activities.  Hosted by the Wharton Club of National Capital Region (WCNCR) and co-hosted by the Wharton Risk Center, ColumbiaDC, and several Wharton Clubs across the nation, this virtual climate change conference will examine core topics of climate change, and open doors for new opportunities and collaboration.

The conference features several keynotes and panels each day from October 18 – 21, 2021 focusing on the challenges and opportunities to combat climate change. Topics include climate adaptation, climate mitigation, restoration and on the investment opportunities in the core areas of climate change.

This is a registration page for all four days of the conference. You only need to register once. Learn more about the schedules and speakers here: https://riskcenter.wharton.upenn.edu/wcncrconference

Learn more about the conference and register here.

Mitigating and Insuring Wildfires

Friday, October 22, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET (virtual)

Recent wildfires in the Western part of the United States and Canada have caused record-breaking losses that are likely to increase in the future due to the impacts of climate change. In California, more than three times as many acres have burned to date in 2021 compared to the same period in the record-breaking previous year, with drought, extreme heat, and reduced snowpack contributing to the severity of the fires.

This panel focuses on the important roles of homeowners, communities, and insurance to curtail damages from future wildfires.

Panelists:

Rex Frazier, President, Personal Insurance Federation of California. Rex represents PIFC’s member companies before the California State government and provides advice on legislative, regulatory, litigation and political matters.

Robert A. Reader, Managing Director, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC.  Rob specializes in the placement of property and casualty reinsurance lines, especially wildfire.

Michael Wara, Director, Climate and Energy Policy Program, and Senior Research Scholar, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University. Michael assists policymakers engaged in the development of novel climate and energy law and regulation.

Roy E. Wright, President & Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. Roy leads a team of scientists and risk communicators who deliver strategies to build safer and stronger homes and businesses.

Michael Young, Vice President, Model Product Management, Risk Management Solutions (RMS). Michael leads a team that establishes requirements and features for RMS climate models.

Moderator: Howard Kunreuther, James G. Dinan Professor Emeritus; Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Register here.

November

Risk Center Seminar For Early Career Research

Thursday, November 11, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET (In-Person)

Presenter: Sam Geldin is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Penn and an Ackoff Fellow at the Wharton Risk Center for the 2021-22 academic year.

Title: Rethinking the Heavy Hand of Flood Prevention: An Investigation of Design-Based Retreat Practices in the Philippines

To register: Please contact Helen Wiley at hewiley@wharton.upenn.edu with your name and affiliation if you are interested in joining our mailing list for monthly seminars for early career research. Seminar participation is currently open to graduate students, faculty, and staff.

December

Climate Change and the Transition to a Carbon-free Economy: Managing Risks and Harnessing Opportunities

Friday, December 3, 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET (Virtual)

This one-day conference will bring together leaders from the private sector, government, and academia, along with students, to discuss cutting-edge research and practice at the intersection of climate change, business strategy, and government regulation. Climate change presents physical risks that may have a significant impact on financial, housing, and insurance markets. Climate change also poses transition risks, as the economy shifts to carbon-free energy sources. Emerging markets in carbon credits and for new energy finance create new opportunities for firms to promote a smooth transition to a carbon-free economy. This conference will feature panels on the intersection of climate change and financial markets and the financial system, the housing market, insurance markets, and emerging markets for renewable energy finance and carbon credits.

Review the schedule here.

Register here.

Risk Center Seminar For Early Career Research

Thursday, December 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET (Virtual)

Presenter: Joakim Weill is a PhD student in Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of California, Davis and a Visiting Doctoral Fellow with the Disaster Risk Management Lab at the Wharton Risk Center for the 2021-22 academic year.

Title: Perilous Flood Risk Assessments

To register: Please contact Helen Wiley at hewiley@wharton.upenn.edu with your name and affiliation if you are interested in joining our mailing list for monthly seminars for early career research. Seminar participation is currently open to graduate students, faculty, and staff.