WATERLOO, ON, May 5 /CNW/ - Flash forward 20 years… What if our best
efforts to lower carbon emissions, wean off fossil fuels, and plan for
a soaring population weren't enough? Would we ask ourselves why we
didn't take action sooner, transforming the ideas from our greatest
innovators into the technologies needed to prepare for a more secure
and sustainable future?
June 5 to 9, 2011 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the Waterloo Global
Science Initiative (www.wgsi.org) presents the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 - a global conversation on
how cutting-edge science and technology can be used to strategize for a
sustainable energy future.
An international event
Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 is bringing together some of the world's
foremost science, policy and industry experts, along with a group of
young future leaders, to collaborate on the development of a blueprint
document to steer the world towards a low-carbon existence. The
blueprint will short list a set of promising key technologies, laying
out a road map of implementation strategies.
As Patron of the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will launch the Summit with an address on Sunday, June 5 at 1pm EST. His
Excellency's address will be streamed live and on-demand at http://wgsi.org.
The Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 has an exciting line-up of participants
working towards a sustainable future. Experts like:
Yacine Kadi, CERN researcher who is leading efforts to build next-generation
nuclear reactors that eat their own waste
Michael Griffin, former NASA Administrator and large-scale systems thinker
Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor and author of over 30 books on contemporary
and international world issues
Cathy Foley, Deputy Chief of Science for Australia's national science agency whose
research into superconductivity could lead to technological leaps in
Barry Brook, leading environmental and energy expert and Brave New World blogger
David Keith, Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment who has worked at
the interface of climate science, energy technology and public policy
for 20 years
Alán Aspuru-Guzik, who combines quantum mechanics with theoretical chemistry for solar
technology that mimics how plants absorb the sun's energy
Linda Nazar, who is working on the nanotechnology frontier to find better ways to
store energy for when we need it most
Jatin Nathwani, who is leading initiatives for energy conservation and demand
management that could improve the lives of billions worldwide
Tom Rand, venture capitalist, private energy industry expert, and author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World
More participants can be found at http://wgsi.org.
Leaders of tomorrow
To better equip future generations to make change happen, the Equinox
Summit: Energy 2030 is involving a forum of young leaders, ages 20 to
30, to work alongside top visionaries. This forum will examine expert
findings and propose recommendations for technological implementation.
Forum candidates will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
We're offering a limited number of media travel grants to assist
journalists with costs to cover the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030. Grants
include discounted hotel rates, ground transportation, use of on-site
newsroom, exclusive invitations to the opening and closing receptions,
access to influential Summit participants, and more. Applications must
be submitted no later than 9am EST on Monday, May 16, 2011. Full details at: http://wgsi.org/context/newsroom
About Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI):
Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) is a non-profit partnership
between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo. WGSI's mandate is to catalyze long term thinking and solutions to the
world's most fundamental social, environmental and economic challenges
using science and technology. WGSI provides a rare opportunity for
great minds to come together, share new ideas and collectively work
towards a better future.
SOURCE Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
For further information:
For more information and media enquiries
RJ Taylor, WGSI Communications Liaison
519-569-7600 ext. 5371