ComSci is organizing a symposium on alternative energy systems for the fall national meeting. It will be held on Monday Aug 18. I am attaching the proposal for the event. Confirmed speakers include Arden Bement (NSF), Paul Willems (Technology VP for Energy, BP), Pat Dehmen (DOE), Ellen Stechel (Sandia). John Turner (NREL).
At this time, we are looking for cosponsors for the symposium. Would any of your committees agree to be cosponsors and allow the program to be listed along with any other programs you are offereing in DC (I realize that many committees don't program). We are also contacting some divisions as well to cosponsor the symposium.
We will try to have most of the presentations recorded so that the information can be shared beyond the walls of the convention center.
Alternative Energy Sources: Challenges and Opportunities
The Nation’s over-dependence on fossil fuels for its energy supply has a myriad of issues, some of which are disastrous. Efforts in the social, political, and economic arenas to evaluate and enhance viable alternative energy sources are strengthening in light of issues such climate change, environmental change, global security, and independence. Thus, it is imperative that the science community fully engage in evaluative discussions as well as enhancing strategies driven by research opportunities. The purpose of this symposium is to derive perspectives regarding the multitude of facets in the arena of alternative energy sources. These perspectives obviously include the value of the different energy sources, but in addition address social, economic, educational and environmental consequences as well as scientific research opportunities.
The location and the timing of the Washington, DC meeting present ACS with a unique opportunity to address these significant issues. The location will facilitate access to the new administration that will be looking for ideas and a dialogue with the scientific community in setting an agenda for the next few years as well as to the funding sources and a plethora of Foundations and Institutes that provide policy perspectives. Most importantly, this is a unique opportunity for our Divisional program groups to begin discussions on future programming that will showcase the creative solutions of chemistry. The intent of this symposium is to be a kick-off for this year long exploration for future directions in Alternative Energy System research and education.