The Philomathia Foundation Symposium at Berkeley: Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Future

October 1–2, 2010
9 a.m.–5 p.m. both days


October 1 sessions:


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Graham Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley

Keynote Address:
Climate Change and Human Usage of Energy
Ralph Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences

The Environment  -  Keynote Address:

The Velocity of Climate Change
Chris Field, Co-chair, IPCC Working Group 2: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

The Environment  -  Presentations:  

Advancing Climate Science for a Sustainable Energy Future
William D. Collins, Head, Climate Science Department, Earth Sciences Division, Berkeley Lab

Gauging Ecosystem Response
Charles Marshall, Director, University California Museum of Paleontology and Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Carbon Capture and Storage: Discovering the Science of Carbon Dioxide
Berend Smit, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Verifying Climate Treaties
Inez Fung, Director, Berkeley Institute of the Environment, UC Berkeley

including Q&A

Energy Supply - Keynote Address:

Innovations in Energy Technologies – The Role of ARPA-E
Arun Majumdar, Director, DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

Energy Supply - Presentations:

Chris Somerville, Director, Energy Biosciences Institute and Philomathia Chair in Alternative Energy, UC Berkeley

Chemical Strategies for Converting Biomass to Fuels
Alex Bell, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UC Berkeley; Senior Faculty Scientist, Berkeley Lab

The Carbon Cycle 2.0 Initiative at the Berkeley Lab
Paul Alivisatos, Director, Berkeley Lab and Professor of Chemistry and Material Sciences, UC Berkeley

The Joint BioEnergy Institute: Start-up for Advanced Biofuels
Jay Keasling, CEO, Joint BioEnergy Institute; Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

including Q&A


October 2 sessions:


Energy Demand - Keynote Address:

Energy Efficiency and Customer Demand Response to Time-Dependent Electricity Pricing
Art H. Rosenfeld, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Energy Demand - Presentations:

Efficient Supply-Following Loads: The Key to a Cooperative Grid
David Culler, Associate Chair and Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley

EcoBlocks: Creating Sustainable Neighborhoods in China
Harrison Fraker, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, UC Berkeley

Energy Efficient Electronic System
Jeff Bokor, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

New Materials for the Energy Landscape
R. Ramesh, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley

Energy Policy - Keynote Address

Policy Leadership to Achieve the Sustainable Energy Future
Dian M. Grueneich, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

including Q&A

Presentations - Keynote Address

Fossil Fuel Supply and the Greenhouse Gas Market
Severin Borenstein, Co-director, Energy Institute at Haas, UC Berkeley

Policies to Promote Energy Efficiency
Catherine Wolfram, Co-director, Energy Institute at Haas, UC Berkeley

Communications Strategies behind U.S. Climate Policies
Robert Collier, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

Innovating in a Low-Carbon Economy
Dan Kammen, Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, UC Berkeley

Summing Up: The Role of the Research University in Climate and Energy Solutions
Graham Fleming,
Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley

(Conclusion of Program)