At The Portsmouth Conference on October 18 and 19, 2018 in Portsmouth, NH, a panel of leading international thinkers will discuss policy consequences related to climate.

PORTSMOUTH, NH, July 18, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — In today’s divisive political atmosphere, it is increasingly difficult for leaders and decision-makers to discuss important issues, especially as they relate to public policies.

At The Portsmouth Conference on October 18 and 19, 2018 in Portsmouth, NH, a panel of leading international thinkers will discuss policy consequences related to climate. According to organizers, the purpose of the conference is to avoid the science of climate today, a subject fraught with contention, and to instead discuss policies and initiatives associated with climate.

“There are policy changes related to climate that are already happening whether or not climate change is believed to be caused by human activities,” said Dr. Geoff Weiss, Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Virginia Health System.

Weiss is one of five individuals who serve on the conference’s board of directors.

“The reality is things are happening at a policy level irrespective of government views,” he added. “Organizations and entire industries are developing their own policies and acting on them, which impacts the global economy…This conference will provide an impartial forum to discuss what is happening as well as the payoffs and trade-offs that result from these changes.”

The Portsmouth Conference in Portsmouth, NH is the first of what has been conceived as a biennial event, each of which will consider a different major public policy issue and its policy consequences. The format and purpose of each conference will reflect host Citizens Count NH’s guiding words: Learn, Discuss, Engage.

“These conferences will provide authoritative information on the chosen topic, networking opportunities for leaders in their respective fields and help position Citizens Count NH as an important public resource for nonpartisan discussions,” said Weiss. “In this global marketplace, there is less and less room for rhetoric, which makes the purpose of this conference quite relevant.”

The Portsmouth Conference will take place at the historic Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa, which hosted the Portsmouth Peace Treaty participants in 1905. The treaty earned President Theodore Roosevelt the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize.

To learn more about The Portsmouth Conference, including how to register, visit

The Portsmouth Conference is hosted by Citizens Count NH, a non-partisan public information platform with more than 200,000 members. Weiss is joined on the conference board by Paul M. Montrone, John Ogden, Renee Plummer, and Claude Roessiger.

Brief Board Biographies
A founder of Citizens Count NH, Mr. Montrone was a member of President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry in the 90’s and has been involved in national and international business, public policy matters and civic charities for decades.

Mr. Ogden is principal consultant of Collabria, LLC and has consulted with executives at numerous firms, including IBM, on how to create value, expand the scope of meaningful alternatives and bridge divisions between major functional business units.

Ms. Plummer is a real estate development professional, driving force behind transforming Pease Air Force Base into Pease International Tradeport and NH representative at the Business and Professional Women’s Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.

Mr. Roessiger is the founder of several global packaging firms and an active participant in civic initiatives relating to good governance. He comments regularly in public forums and the media.

A medical oncologist and clinical investigator, Dr. Geoffrey R. Weiss is a former faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he contributed to the clinical advance of 40 new anticancer agents.

Media Contact: Rob Levey, (603) 369-1046, [email protected]
Conference Spokesperson: Dr. Geoff Weiss, (210) 859-5051, [email protected]

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