UC Berkeley NewsView of Campanile and Golden Gate Bridge
Today's news & events
News by email
For the news media
Calendar of events
Top stories
Untitled Document
Media Advisory

Energy Symposium focuses on "clean tech"

03 March 2008

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

Contact: Robert Sanders
(510) 643-6998 rsanders@berkeley.edu

The second annual University of California, Berkeley, Energy Symposium, which pairs campus and government researchers with industry leaders to discuss the science, technology and public policies needed to improve the energy future of the United States and the world.

"Leadership at the Nexus of Science, Policy & Business" will focus on innovative "clean energy" technologies. Panelists will include representatives of the newest players in the energy research field: UC Berkeley's Energy Biosciences Institute, recently given $500 million over 10 years by energy company BP; and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Joint BioEnergy Institute, which will receive $135 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Energy.

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 7.

UC Berkelye's Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, near the intersection of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue. A campus map is online at: http://berc.berkeley.edu/symposium-directions.html.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Chris Somerville, director, Energy Biosciences Institute
  • David Sandalow, senior fellow, Brookings Institute, and author of "Freedom from Oil"
  • U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (video address)

The symposium will highlight clean energy innovations emerging from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and from many segments of the UC Berkeley community, including the Haas School of Business, Energy & Resources Group, UC Energy Institute, School of Law, College of Engineering, College of Chemistry, Goldman School of Public Policy, Institute of Transportation Studies, College of Natural Resources and Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

The event will feature keynote addresses by Sandalow and Doerr, plus expert panels discussing carbon capture and sequestration; transportation sector solutions; the future of nuclear power in the United States; carbon neutral technologies; advances in green building; alternative energy from an oil and gas perspective; the influence of policy and law on technical innovation; and the global dimensions of sustainable energy.