The North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Center for Renew­able Energy Tech­nology (NUCRET) is preparing to host an inter­na­tional sym­po­sium titled “Energy Chal­lenges for the New Mil­len­nium,” fea­turing forums, sci­en­tific ses­sions and edu­ca­tional out­reach programs.

Run­ning from April 27 to 29, the event will draw expert speakers, including the Hon­or­able Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former pres­i­dent of India; Dr. John P. Hol­dren, sci­ence adviser to U.S. pres­i­dent Barack Obama; and senior leaders from a variety of energy com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment agencies.

Sci­en­tific ses­sions will look at such issues as nanoscience and nan­otech­nology, renew­able energy tech­nology and clean-​​energy mate­rials chal­lenges. Lec­tures and panels will address energy policy and entre­pre­neur­ship, and invest­ment in renewable-​​energy tech­nology, with spe­cial atten­tion given to how these issues are being affected by the cur­rent eco­nomic climate.

Speakers will dis­cuss sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­ical solu­tions within the con­text of energy-​​resource poli­cies, pol­i­tics and eco­nomics that are becoming increas­ingly global. Other global chal­lenges will be explored as well, including increased com­pe­ti­tion for resources from emerging demo­graph­i­cally rich coun­tries such as China, India and Brazil, and new evi­dence that sup­ports the need to con­trol green­house gas emissions.

In addi­tion to Drs. Kalam and Hol­dren, sched­uled pan­elists and guests include Dr. Radha Jalan, CEO of Elec­troChem; Brad Brad­shaw, interim CEO, Hy9 Cor­po­ra­tion, and pres­i­dent, Mass­a­chu­setts Hydrogen Coali­tion; Philip Giu­dice, com­mis­sioner, Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Energy Resources; Karl Jessen, eco­nomic devel­op­ment officer, Mass­a­chu­setts Tech­nology Col­lab­o­ra­tive Renew­able Energy Trust; Dr. Linda Plano, chair, Ignite Clean Energy Forum, and asso­ciate director, Mass­a­chu­setts Tech­nology Transfer Center; Edward Kurth, CEO, GCK Tech­nology, and vice pres­i­dent, Lucid Energy Tech­nolo­gies; Rick Hess, CEO and pres­i­dent, Konarka Tech­nolo­gies; and William Osborn, founding partner, Mass­a­chu­setts Green Energy Fund.

Working closely with col­lab­o­ra­tors around the world, NUCRET is a research and edu­ca­tion center ded­i­cated to devel­oping a suite of green-​​energy tech­nolo­gies that will help meet global needs for clean energy and water.

The sym­po­sium is free and open to the public. For more infor­ma­tion on NUCRET, visit www​.north​eastern​.edu/​n​u​c​ret, or go to http://​www​.north​eastern​.edu/​c​a​s​/​r​e​g​i​s​t​r​a​t​i​o​n​.​h​tml to reg­ister for the conference.