Keynote Speaker

The Keynote Speaker for ComSciCon-Virginia Tech 2022 is Elin Kelsey, PhD. Elin is a scholar, author and passionate leader in the evidence-based hope and climate change and environmental solutions movement. Her newest book for adults, Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical For Solving The Environmental Crisis was published by Greystone Books in 2020. Her influence can be seen in the hopeful, solutions-focus of her clients, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other powerful institutions where she has served as a visiting fellow including the Rachel Carson Center for the Environment and Society, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Stanford University in the Graduate School of Education. In 2022, she will take up a Kone Foundation Fellowship to work with climate science researchers, the Climate and Environmental Communication Science Association and children’s book writers in Finland on the Developing Climate Change Communication with Emotional Awareness project.  

Elin is an Adjunct Faculty member of the University of Victoria School of Environmental Studies, and Western Washington University’s partnership in the Redfish School of Change. She is a feature writer and podcast host for Hakai Magazine and a best-selling children's book author. Her newest book for children, A Last Goodbye, was published in April 2020. Her first film, Breathe, was released by Amnesty International in December 2021.

Elin is a popular keynote speaker and has a track record of inspiring change. In May 2021, she co-launched the Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators website In 2014, she co-created #OceanOptimism, a twitter campaign to crowd-source marine conservation solutions which has reached more than 100 million shares. The scientific brief she wrote for Pew Global Oceans led former President George W. Bush to dedicate one of the world’s largest marine reserves, the Mariana Trench National Monument in 2009. She was honored as a 2020 finalist in the Canadian Nature Inspiration Awards.

For more about Elin Kelsey and her work please visit: https://www.elinkelsey.org

(photo credit: Agathe Bernard; image of book cover: Hope Matters)

Elin Kelsey, PhD
Elin Kelsey, PhD

Hope Matters book cover
Hope Matters book cover