BNHC 2020

The theme for BNHC 2020, Through the Looking Glass: Hindsight in 2020, calls for us to take a critical look at and critically reflect upon what science in The Bahamas has achieved; analyze our policy, socio-economic and educational frameworks; and where we are going in the face of a changing climate. Did we accomplish everything we set out to do by the year 2020? With better hindsight could we have been more prepared? How can we overcome the challenges that lie ahead?

Our sub-themes are as follows:

  • Retrospectives: Taking a look at research from the past. The archaeological, historical, geological and ecological windows into the history of The Bahamas.
  • Introspectives: Any research that analyses the current ecology, policy, social, cultural, economic, and educational frameworks.
  • Prospectives: All research that includes actual planning for the future. Includes ecology, policy, social and land use planning.
  • Climatospectives: Any research or policy that focuses on climate change.

As we continue through the year of 2020, our fifth iteration of this conference will be our biggest and most important yet, during which we hope to properly address the issues of decision-making on the issue of climate change, particularly in the wake of the apocalyptic Hurricane Dorian. The conference is set to take place from May 4-8, 2020 at the Baha Mar Convention Centre.


Dr. Ama Francis

Dr. Ama FrancisAma joined the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University in September 2018 as the 2018-2020 Climate Law Fellow. Ama’s work focuses on developing legal solutions to disaster displacement and climate migration. She also analyzes and supports the implementation of adaptive measures in small islands and least developed countries. Ama’s work at the Sabin Center cuts across issues of international law.

A native of the Caribbean Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr. Francis decided to study environmental law after Hurricane Maria devastated her homeland in 2017. 90% of buildings lost their roofs and 20% of the country’s population left the island. She noticed that people leaving their countries due to natural disasters enhanced by climate change were not afforded the same treatment as other refugees. She is working on creating better international protections for climate refugees.


 OpenDeadlineNotification of AcceptanceNotification of Session Scheduling
Abstracts (Oral and Posters)NOWFebruary 15, 2020February 28, 2020March 31, 2020
Abstracts (Bahamian students)NOWMarch 31, 2020April 15, 2020April 20, 2020
Meetings and Workshops RFPNOWFebruary 15, 2020February 28, 2020March 31, 2020
Presenter Online RegistrationJanuary 2020April 15, 2020
General/BNT Member Online RegistrationJanuary 2020None
Fieldtrip BookingsMarch 2020April 20, 2020