The Biosphere 2 facility serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe; to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about Earth and its future; to be an adaptive tool for Earth education and outreach to industry, government, and the public; and to distill issues related to Earth systems planning and management for use by policymakers, students and the public.
Biosphere 2 offers living accommodations for conference participants, and the conference will be fully catered. Meals, lodging, registration and transit to and from B2 and the airport will be provided free of charge, at no cost to participants.
Crafting the Long Tomorrow will run from Thursday, February 21st through Sunday, February 24th. Panels, keynotes, and other events will take place Thursday evening, all day Friday and Saturday, and Sunday morning. There will be no official activities on Sunday afternoon, but the conference will provide a list of destinations of interest, including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Titan Missile Museum, and the Kitt Peak Observatory, in and around Tucson that you may wish to visit before leaving.
More detailed information regarding the schedule will be available once the registration deadline has passed in November.
The conference will offer a free shuttle service from Tucson International Airport and the University of Arizona campus to Biosphere 2 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. The drive to B2 from either the airport or the U of A is about an hour, so we encourage you to make use of this service! Please indicate on your registration form if you will make use of the shuttle. More information about this service will be available closer to the conference dates.