National Science Board Catalyzes Scientific Analysis of Sustainable Energy Alternatives
Third roundtable discussion to be held on September 4 at UC Berkeley
View a video interview with Dan Arvizu and Jon Strauss, cochairs of the National Science Board's Task Force on Sustainable Energy.
The National Science Board Task Force on Sustainable Energy will assemble for its third in a series of three roundtable discussions on science and engineering (S&E) challenges related to the development of sustainable energy on Thursday, September 4, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clark Kerr Campus Conference Center at the University of California at Berkeley. The discussions are open to the public and will focus on the following themes:
Established in October 2007, the Task Force is charged with examining the role of the U.S. government in addressing S&E challenges related to the development of sustainable energy, and providing recommendations to the President and Congress regarding a nationally coordinated S&E research and education initiative on sustainable energy with specific guidance on the role of the National Science Foundation in this initiative. In these roundtable discussions, the Task Force aims to meet with various stakeholders to obtain diverse perspectives on these challenges for sustainable energy.
HIGHLIGHTS: PRESENTATIONS TO BE FOLLOWED BY FACILITATED DISCUSSIONS:
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Since the first Sustainable Energy Task Force roundtable in February 2008, existing fossil energy supplies have become even more strained, with predicted economic and geopolitical consequences. The United States is in dire need of alternative pathways. Many technology options exist that can contribute to an energy sustainable and environmentally friendlier future, including energy efficient techniques, non-emitting power generation, biofuels, forest and land management and carbon dioxide capture and storage. A challenge of this scale needs to be addressed at the global level. In the U.S. an appropriate strategy will be required across federal, state and local governments, as well as across businesses, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders. S&E will be critically important for success in this area. The National Science Board is poised to make recommendations regarding the structure of the S&E research and education enterprise needed to respond to these challenges and expects to give specific guidance to the NSF so that it may play a leadership role by ensuring that its portfolio matches the scale of the challenge. Beginning with a series of roundtable discussions, the activities of the Task Force on Sustainable Energy will elucidate key issues that may be addressed as NSF charts its role in bringing about a stable and sustainable energy future.
Journalists interested in attending and covering the third roundtable discussion should contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF at firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-292-8311 or Bob Sanders, UC Berkeley Office of Media Relations at email@example.com, 510-643-6998.
Members of the public are welcome to attend this roundtable discussion, but those who plan to drive to the Clark Kerr Campus Conference Center will need to plan in advance for parking.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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