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Townes and Tagore Annual Seminar: The Global Water Crisis

On Saturday July, 20th, 2013, the International Institute for the Bengal and Himalayan Basins (IIBHB), a nonprofit organization located in Berkeley, California, will hold its 4thAnnual Townes and Tagore Seminar on the Global Water Crisis. The event draws its name from Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali poet and 1913 Nobel Laureate in Literature, and Dr. Charles Hard Townes, the inventor of the laser and cofounder of the IIBHB. Professor Townes is the 1964 Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1999 recipient of India’s Rabindranath Tagore Award, and 2005 Templeton Laureate, who in 2003 delivered the Birla and Schrödinger Lectures.

This seminar is at the same time a celebration of Prof. Townes’ 98th birthday and Mr. Tagore’s 152nd anniversary. Dr. Steven Chu, former US Secretary of Energy, will deliver this year's keynote speech. Also speaking will be Dr. Douglas Osheroff of Stanford University, the 1996 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Dr. David Presti of U.C. Berkeley, Christoper Edley, JD,MPP of U.C. Berkeley Law and Dr. Rashbihari Ghosh, prominent Bangladeshi-American scientist, cofounder of the IIBHB, and Charles H. Townes Chair of Water and Environmental Chemistry. The event is jointly sponsored by the U. C. Berkeley Department of Public Health and will be held at Evans Hall, Room 10 on the Berkeley Campus.


1:30PM - Reception/Mixer

2:00 PM - 3:30PM - Presentation

3:30 PM - 3:45PM - Break

3:45 PM - 5:30 PM - Presentation

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Summary/Closing

Located at Evans Hall, Room 10 (Evans Hall is the statistics, economics and mathematics building), University of California, Berkeley
From 80 take University Avenue East to campus.
Left on Oxford Avenue.
Right on Hearst Avenue.
Parking structure at Hearst and Gayley (UC Upper Hearst Parking Structure)
Enter campus at North Gate on Hearst at Euclid.

Follow path to your left. Evans Hall is the tallest building.

Note: Nearest parking garage is the UC Upper Hearst Parking Structure at Heast and Gayley.


This is a free event! You have the option to check in on the eventbrite page here:

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  • Jayjay

    Hi, I am looking forward to attending and learning about international development.

    July 16, 2013

  • Nike

    Looking forward to it!

    July 16, 2013

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