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♦ Scientists, Engineers, and Science Enthusiasts Ready to March in Support of Science on April 22 in Asheville

[March 2017]: Local March for Science will be preceded on April 11 by a free talk at The Collider on ‘What is Science?’ with speaker Dr. Tom Peterson, president of the World Meteorological Organization’s Commission for Climatology. (Read more here.) 

♦ ‘Struck by Nature’: The Collider Hosts Exhibition by N.C. Environmental Artist

[March 2017]: Public reception and talk with the fine arts artist Marjorie Pierson will take place April 7, coinciding with the first downtown Asheville art walk of 2017, and include a book-signing. (Read more here.)

♦ Free Monthly Climate Change Film Series Continues March 28 at The Collider

[March 2017]: The Collider’s monthly movie night, presented by Oskar Blues Brewery and featuring films related to climate change and the environment, continues on Tuesday, March 28, at the nonprofit innovation center in downtown Asheville. (Read more here.)

♦ Collider Celebrates 1-year Birthday with Fundraiser on March 18

[March 2017]: Event includes recognition of The Collider’s “founding philanthropist” by Asheville mayor, presenting proclamation of “Mack Pearsall Day.” (Read more here.)

♦ UNITE WNC Summit Promises to Energize Our Economic Future

[February 2017]: On March 31 to April 1 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, the UNITE WNC Summit ( attendees will create a roadmap for the digital future of Western North Carolina. The Collider is a co-sponsor. (Read more here.)

♦ Free Monthly Film Series Continues in February at The Collider

[February 2017]: The Collider continues screening two episodes of the award-winning series “Years of Living Dangerously” on Feb. 28. Co-sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery, this event is family-friendly and open to the public.  (Read more here.)

♦ Monthly Film Series Launches At The Collider Focused On The Environment And Climate Change

[January 2017]: The Collider announces a new family-friendly event starting Jan. 31, open to the public and co-sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery. Two episodes of the award-winning series, ” Years of Living Dangerously,” will be screened each month. (Read more here.)

♦ Beer City Science Pub Explores the Science of Dog Behavior

[January 2017]: Free public lecture on Jan. 27 explores game-changing scientific insights into dog behavior for dog owners and our greater dog-friendly community; event is part of the Beer City Science Pub speaker series. (Read more here.)

♦ Neil deGrasse Tyson Comes to Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on June 13

[January 2017]: Astrophysicist and New York Times bestselling author Neil deGrasse Tyson will give a science talk in Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Tuesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. (Read more here.)

♦ Asheville Museum of Science and The Collider announce the next installment of Beer City Science Pub

[November 2016]: The next Beer City Science Pub is Dec. 16 and focuses on the value of WNC’s food system, with UNC Asheville economics professor Leah Greden Mathews, Ph.D, and free beer from Burial Brewing Company. (Read more here.)

♦ The Collider Leads Global Discussion on Turning Climate Risks into Business Opportunities

[November 2016]: While the American public continues to focus on the election, leaders from around the world are gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco to discuss the way forward on climate change; among those, the CEO of The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ Two days of events focus on the role of architects in addressing challenges of climate change

[October 2016]: “Climate Adaptive Design: Building Science Meets Climate Science” takes place Nov. 4 at The Collider, sponsored for the second year by The American Institute of Architects – Asheville, with additional events on Nov. 3. (Read more here.)

♦ InnovateNC Site Visit in Asheville

[October 2016]: Through InnovateNC, Asheville aims to strengthen the region’s emerging innovation ecosystem in the climate services. Attending this 2-day event will be representatives of the other four InnovateNC communities from across the state. (Read more here.)

♦ Asheville Museum of Science and The Collider team up for Beer City Science Pub Fall Line-Up

[October 2016]: Local science and local beer collide as AMOS and The Collider provide Friday night science programming to the community. The first of the fall series is Oct. 28 with a session on climate and health. (Read more here.)

♦ DIY Tourism Marketing Conference Launches in Asheville (member press release)

[October 2016]: Magellan Strategy Group and Collider member JB Media Institute have partnered to host the area’s first Internet marketing conference for tourism professionals. Share Your Story: A DIY Tourism Marketing Conference will be held at The Collider in downtown Asheville. (Read more here.)

♦ World Climate Week: An Invitation To Build Awareness about Climate Action (member press release)

[September 15, 2016]: People worldwide will join together for World Climate Week, October 9-16, to build awareness about climate action. Collider member Climate Interactive invites the public to join in. (Read more here.)

♦ Physician-author to speak on climate change and personal health at The Collider on Sept. 26

[September 8, 2016]: Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, author of the book, Heath Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet, will speak at a free lecture on health and climate change at The Collider, sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility and MAHEC. (Read more here.)

♦ President of Cradle to Cradle Institute to speak at The Collider on Sept. 20

[September 1, 2016]: Renowned sustainability leader and president of the Cradle to Cradle Institute Lewis Perkins will be the featured speaker in a free lecture at The Collider sponsored by Krull & Company. (Read more here.)

♦ Members of The Collider collaborate to develop new tool in fight against Zika (member press release)

[August 2016]: Two businesses located at The Collider have developed a new tool in the fight against the Zika virus,, which pinpoints where recent ecological conditions favor the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary vector of the Zika virus. (Read more and view video here.)

♦ Beer City Science Pub at The Collider focuses on climate scientist’s role in locating Amelia Earhart aircraft

[July 2016]: The mystery of Amelia Earhart and her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean nearly 80 years ago continues. This free event on Aug.5 with beer from Hi-Wire Brewing and held in collaboration with Asheville Museum of Science features a climate scientist from The Collider speaking on his role as part of an expedition to find the plane. (Read more here.)

 ♦ Acclimatise CEO speaks at opening plenary of largest ever climate change adaptation conference (member press release)

[May 2016]: Acclimatise CEO John Firth today appeared as part of the panel of experts at the opening plenary of the 2016 Adaptation Futures Conference. (Read more here.)

♦ The Collider Celebrates Official Launch with Keynote Address from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

[March 2016]: The next-generation innovation space for “strategic collisions” between business and climate science launches with an event attended by 230 elected and appointed officials, climate industry scientists and professionals, business and civic leaders, and innovators and entrepreneurs. (Read more here.)

♦ On Heels of NOAA Climate Report, The Collider Readies to Fast-Track an Emerging Climate Resilient Economy

[January 2016]: The Collider’s opening in February comes on the heels of the NOAA State of the Climate report revealing that 2015 was the second hottest year on record, with 10 extreme weather and climate events. (Read more here.)

♦ New North Carolina Initiative Answers Obama’s Challenge for Private Investment in Climate Action

[January 2016]: In his State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his commitment to climate action. The Collider stands ready to answer the President’s challenge. (Read more here.)

♦ Attending the 2016 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (partner press release)

[January 2016]: Several scientists from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information are presenting at the 2016 American Meteorological Society annual meeting. (The Collider is there as well, as are others in the climate sciences industry.)   (Read more here.)

♦ Following Climate Conference In Paris, New Initiative In ‘Climate City’ Aims To Create Jobs Around Climate Science

[December 2015]: As world leaders gathered in Paris earlier this month to address climate change, the head of a North Carolina not-for-profit in Asheville – what is quickly becoming known as “Climate City” – was watching closely. (Read more here.)

Climate Sciences Business & Event Center Receives Award From Tourism Product Development Fund

[December 2015]: Even before opening, The Collider in downtown Asheville is already attracting “business tourism” with recent symposium on climate change attended by architects from across the state and beyond. (Read more here.)

♦ Tourism Awards Nearly $3.9 Million to Community Projects (partner press release)

[October 2015]: The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority awarded six community projects $3.9 million in funding, including The Collider. (Read more here.)

♦ The Collider presents ‘Climate Resilient Design in the Southeast:  Designing to New Executive Orders on Climate Adaptation’

[September 2015]: Architects, building design professionals and other interested professionals are invited to register now for an educational program offering an understanding of the latest on climate science and opportunities to reduce vulnerability through mitigation and adaptation. (Read press release here) (Go to event page here)

The Collider, initiative to grow businesses in the climate sciences industry, announces new leadership team

[August 2015]: An expert known internationally in the development of science research parks is named new CEO of The Collider, opening in early 2016 in Asheville; new executive director also appointed. (Read more here.)

U.S. Climate Organization Selects Asheville for National Office (partner press release)

[August 2015]: The American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) announces it will locate the organization’s headquarters and first full-time executive director in Asheville. The presence of The Collider is one of several factors attracting AASC to Asheville. (Read more here.)

♦ Coming Soon: National Centers for Environmental Information (partner press release)

[April 2015]: NOAA’s former three data centers have merged into the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), located in downtown Asheville down the street from The Collider. (Read more here.)


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