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Singularity University “Humanity’s Grandest Challenges"

Thursday, July 9, 2009 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Near Mountain View, United States

Singularity University “Humanity’s Grandest Challenges"

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Singularity University is pleased to invite the public to a panel discussion with leading experts on “Humanity’s Grandest Challenges,” on Thursday, July 9 at 7pm PT. Exponentially accelerating “grand challenges” will take political power, significant investments, and necessitate the development of equally accelerating technologies to affect the large numbers of people required to make a real difference – locally and globally.

Join some of the world’s leading experts in public health, climate change, energy, and others as they discuss the “grand challenges” in water, health, the environment, and energy, and identify some of the technical and political issues associated with making significant progress in finding immediate and long-term sustainable solutions that can positively affect at least one billion people in the next 10 years.

  • Moderator:  Mr. Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Writer for The Economist, Author of "Zoom"
  • Global Public Health: Dr. Larry Brilliant, President, Skoll Urgest Threats Funds 
  • Climate: Dr. Chris Field, Carnegie/Stanford, U.S. Rep to the International Panel on Climate Change, co-author of the IPCC report that won the Nobel Prize with Al Gore
  • Water: Ms. Meena Palaniappan, Pacific Institute, Director of their Water Initiative
  • Climate: Dr. Bill Collins, Head of the Climate Science Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • Energy: Dr. Dan Kammen, Berkeley Institute of the Environment and the IPCC

“Humanity’s Grandest Challenges” is the second in a series of weekly Singularity University presentations open to the public during the course of the 9-week Graduate Summer Program. Visit SU's blog - www.singularityu.org/blog - for upcoming presentations. Following the presentation, videos will be available at: www.singularityu.org/videos.

Directions to the presentation can be found here - singularityu.org/news/2009/07/su-challenges-directions

Please note, valid, government issued identification is required for access to NASA Ames Research Park.

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NASA Ames Research Park
Moffett Field
Building 3, Show Room
Near Mountain View, 94035

Thursday, July 9, 2009 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)


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