Inspiring Ingenuity in Energy Solutions - Announcing Participants for the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030

By Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics, PRNE
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WATERLOO, Canada, May 5, 2011 - Flash forward 20 years… What if our best efforts to lower carbon
emissions, wean off fossil fuels, and plan for a soaring population weren't
enough? Would we ask ourselves why we didn't take action sooner, transforming
the ideas from our greatest innovators into the technologies needed to
prepare for a more secure and sustainable future?

June 5 to 9, 2011 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the Waterloo Global
Science Initiative ( presents the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 -
a global conversation on how cutting-edge science and technology can be used
to strategize for a sustainable energy future.

An international event

Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 is bringing together some of the world's
Foremost science, policy and industry experts, along with a group of young
future leaders, to collaborate on the development of a blueprint document to
steer the world towards a low-carbon existence. The blueprint will short list
a set of promising key technologies, laying out a road map of implementation

As Patron of the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030, His Excellency the Right
Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will launch the Summit
with an address on Sunday, June 5 at 1pm EST. His Excellency's address will
be streamed live and on-demand at


The Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 has an exciting line-up of participants
working towards a sustainable future. Experts like:

- Yacine Kadi, CERN researcher who is leading efforts to build
next-generation nuclear reactors that eat their own waste

- Michael Griffin, former NASA Administrator and large-scale systems

- Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor and author of over 30 books on
contemporary and international world issues

- Cathy Foley, Deputy Chief of Science for Australia's national science
agency whose research into superconductivity could lead to technological
leaps in energy generation

- Barry Brook, leading environmental and energy expert and Brave New
World blogger

- David Keith, Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment who
has worked at the interface of climate science, energy technology and public
policy for 20 years

- Alan Aspuru-Guzik, who combines quantum mechanics with theoretical
chemistry for solar technology that mimics how plants absorb the sun's energy

- Linda Nazar, who is working on the nanotechnology frontier to find
better ways to store energy for when we need it most

- Jatin Nathwani, who is leading initiatives for energy conservation and
demand management that could improve the lives of billions worldwide

- Tom Rand, venture capitalist, private energy industry expert, and
author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World

- More participants can be found at

Leaders of tomorrow

To better equip future generations to make change happen, the Equinox
Summit: Energy 2030 is involving a forum of young leaders, ages 20 to 30, to
work alongside top visionaries. This forum will examine expert findings and
propose recommendations for technological implementation. Forum candidates
will be announced in the upcoming weeks.


We're offering a limited number of media travel grants to assist
journalists with costs to cover the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030. Grants
include discounted hotel rates, ground transportation, use of on-site
newsroom, exclusive invitations to the opening and closing receptions, access
to influential Summit participants, and more. Applications must be submitted
no later than 9am EST on Monday, May 16, 2011. Full details at:

About Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI):

Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) is a non-profit partnership
between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of
. WGSI's mandate is to catalyze long term thinking and solutions to
the world's most fundamental social, environmental and economic challenges
using science and technology. WGSI provides a rare opportunity for great
minds to come together, share new ideas and collectively work towards a
better future.

    For further information:

    For more information and media enquiries
    RJ Taylor, WGSI Communications Liaison
    +1-519-569-7600 ext. 5371

For further information: For more information and media enquiries, RJ Taylor, WGSI Communications Liaison, rtaylor at, +1-519-569-7600 ext. 5371

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