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News Release

August 18, 2006


Maxine Lym, Global Climate and Energy Project: (650) 725-3228,

Research that reduces greenhouse gases is subject of September symposium

The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) will hold an energy research symposium Sept. 18-20 at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center. Researchers from Stanford and around the world will discuss developments that may spur energy technologies with significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The symposium is free and open to the Stanford community and other researchers and energy professionals, but registration is required by Sept. 8. For registration and a schedule of events, go to

"In the past three years, GCEP has built up a diverse portfolio of research efforts," said GCEP Director Franklin M. Orr, Jr. "This meeting will provide our researchers with an opportunity to reflect on their work and share their results. We are looking forward to a wide-ranging set of presentations by our Stanford and outside investigators, and posters from students and research staff supported by GCEP."

The symposium's keynote speaker will be Steve Chu, director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2004 and winner of the Nobel Prize in physics in 1997. For 17 years, Chu was a professor of physics and applied physics at Stanford, where he chaired the Physics Department from 1990 to 1993 and from 1999 to 2001. He has spoken widely to political and scientific leaders and the public about the need of applying emergent technologies to solve worldwide energy concerns. At the symposium, he will give a presentation titled, "The Energy Problem, Our Current Choices and Future Prospects."

The symposium, titled "Developments in Fundamental Research Towards Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Energy Systems," is the second that GCEP will host. It will cover the following topics:

  • Global Energy Context (Monday a.m.)
  • Solar Energy (Monday p.m.)
  • Bioenergy Storage and Conversion (Tuesday a.m.)
  • Advanced Materials and Catalysts (Tuesday p.m.)
  • Carbon Mitigation, Capture and Separation (Wednesday a.m.)
  • Carbon Storage (Wednesday p.m.)
  • Maxine Lym is communications manager for GCEP.



    Franklin M. Orr Jr., Global Climate and Energy Project: (650) 725-3230,

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