Climate Change and Innovative Paths to a Sustainable Future by Steven Chu

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Steven Chu, winner of the 1997 Nobel prize for Physics, a former U.S. Secretary of Energy and currently a professor at Stanford University, will give a unique science colloquium at the UvA's Faculty of Science. In this public address, he will discuss the way forward to face climate change.

The industrial and agricultural revolutions profoundly transformed the world, but the unintended consequence of these revolutions is that humans are changing the climate of the Earth. Steven Chu will briefly describe new data on climate change before turning to some of the technical opportunities and challenges in the path to mitigating the risks of climate change.

UvA Professor Jook Walraven will chair the colloquium. After his talk, Prof. Chu will be interviewed by Tristan Bakx and Evita Verheijden of the BètaBreak committee (the interview platform of students of the Faculty of Science). This will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

The colloquium is open to all. There is limited seating so please register ( in advance.


13:00 Welcome by Rector Karen Maex

13:05 Colloquium by Prof. Steven Chu

13:50 Q&A moderated by Prof. Jook Walraven

14:00 Interview with Prof. Chu by BètaBreak panel

14:15 Discussion moderated by BètaBreak panel

14:30 End


About Steven Chu

Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. He has published over 275 papers and holds 11 patents. Currently, he is developing new optical nanoparticle probes and new optical, acoustic and photoacoustic imaging methods for applications in biology and biomedicine. He is also exploring new approaches to lithium ion batteries, PM2.5 air filtration and other applications of nanotechnology.

Prof. Chu was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 2009 until April 2013. As the first scientist to hold a Cabinet position, he recruited outstanding scientists and engineers into the Department of Energy. He began several initiatives including ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy), the Energy Innovation Hubs, the U.S.–China Clean Energy Research Centers (CERC), and he was personally tasked by President Obama to assist BP in stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil leak.

Prof. Chu was also a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics for his contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping. He is a member of a great number of national and international academies of sciences.