Obama Advisor Aneesh Chopra - New U.S. Tech Czar - on Innovative Solutions to Global Crises

Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:03am EDT

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Obama Advisor Aneesh Chopra - New U.S. Tech Czar - on Innovative Solutions to
Global Crises
Chopra will address conference on using technology to solve environmental,
energy, water, food security, and health problems in developing nations

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the world's population
swells, environmental problems, energy limitations, shortages of clean water
and food, and health threats are becoming crises, particularly in less
developed countries.

Innovations in nanotechnology, biotechnology and information technology could
help, but only if they reach the places where they can offer the greatest
benefits. Making the most of these emerging technologies demands unprecedented
international collaboration, and committed leadership from the United States.

Next month, leaders from government, the private sector, non-governmental
organizations, academia, and science and technology from around the world will
come together in Washington, D.C. to look for ways to put new and existing
technologies to work for the global good. The "Emerging Technologies/Emerging
Economies: (Nano)technology for Equitable Development" conference, to be held
November 4 to 6, will involve more than 60 participants from the United
States, Europe, three of the largest emerging economies--China, India, and
Brazil--and other developing nations.

Aneesh Chopra, who was named the nation's first Chief Technology Officer by
President Barack Obama in April, will give the conference's keynote address at
1 p.m. Wednesday, November 4 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The Emerging Technologies/Emerging Economies conference will connect
researchers focused on new technologies with people working on the ground in
places where those technologies could make a real difference, and with
policymakers who can help make that happen.

"If the world doesn't solve its problems of energy, water, food security, and
health, we'll all pay the price," says conference co-organizer Richard
Appelbaum, a professor of Sociology and Global & International Studies, and
co-principal investigator at the National Science Foundation-funded Center for
Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The
conference is being hosted in Washington, D.C. by the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars.

Emerging Technologies/Emerging Economies will include discussions on how clean
water can be produced cheaply using nanotechnology, how energy from sugarcane
has powered development in Brazil, and how strategic partnerships are being
used to provide solid state lighting in developing countries--as well as other
wide-ranging discussions on a range of promising technologies and how they can
be applied around the globe.

Much of the work at the conference will be done in facilitated sessions that
encourage dialogue, information sharing, and collaboration across borders.
"Rather than coming to a conference, listening, and leaving, participants will
be challenged to take part in real discussions, brainstorm, build networks,
and think about new solutions to the world's problems," Appelbaum says. 

If you are interested in attending Chopra's keynote address on November
4--lunch will be provided--please contact Anna Davison, adavison@cns.ucsb.edu,
by October 27.

General information:

SOURCE  Center for Nanotechnology in Society

Anna Davison, Media Coordinator, Center for Nanotechnology in Society,
University of California, Santa Barbara, +1-805-893-5929,
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