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Energy Symposium set for March 21

15 March 2007

ATTENTION: Business, energy, technology and environment reporters and editors

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

The first annual University of California, Berkeley, Energy Symposium - "Challenges, Opportunities, and the Role of UC Berkeley in Creating a Sustainable Energy Future." The event will bring together 150 of UC Berkeley's leading researchers in energy technology, economics, and policy with the nation's top "cleantech" investors, industry experts, business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The symposium will highlight innovations emerging from the UC Berkeley community and include discussions about energy-efficiency, transportation fuels, solar technologies, carbon regulation and innovation, energy storage and energy economics. A student poster session will display more than 50 research projects of UC Berkeley's top graduate students.

Keynote speakers will include UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu, director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, among others.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union, on Bancroft Way at Telegraph Avenue.
A campus map is online at: http://berc.berkeley.edu/symposium-directions.html.

Additional keynote speakers will include:

  • William Banholzer, chief technology officer of Dow Chemical Company
  • David Crane, special jobs and economic growth advisor to Gov. Schwarzenegger
  • Ira Ehrenpreis, general partner of Technology Partners
  • Chris Somerville, director of plant biology with the Carnegie Institution
  • Art Rosenfeld, a commissioner with the California Energy Commission

The Energy Symposium is being organized by the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative, an interdisciplinary, student-run organization, founded in 2005 to enhance interdepartmental collaboration on energy issues and to act as a bridge between the university and private sector.

Reporters are invited to attend the symposium free of charge. Contact outreach coordinator Henry Stern at (310) 425-2995 or henrystern@berkeley.edu.