6th annual Research and Innovation Conference to focus on renewable energy
“Renewable Energy: Building a Sustainable Future for Nebraska” is the theme of the sixth annual Nebraska Research and Innovation Conference, set for Oct. 5 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, 333 S. 13th St. in Lincoln.

Hundreds of business leaders, policymakers, researchers and students will participate in the conference, sponsored by the University of Nebraska, Nebraska EPSCoR, and the National Science Foundation. Participants will hear from expert speakers, learn about cutting-edge technologies, exchange ideas and explore potential collaborations.

The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with speakers including Gov. Dave Heineman; NU President James B. Milliken; Ray Orbach, director of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute and former undersecretary for science at the U.S. Department of Energy; Jan Koninckx, global business director at DuPont BioFuels; and Jim Walker, vice chairman of the board at enXco Inc. and former board president of the American Wind Energy Association. The morning program also will include a panel discussion on “green” jobs in Nebraska’s future.

The afternoon program includes five concurrent tracks on advances in wind, solar, algal, green chemistry/biomass and smart grid technologies. The conference will end with a research poster session featuring work by faculty and students.

The Research and Innovation Conference is free and open to the public and members of the media, although registration is required by Sept. 22 for all participants. For more information on the conference, including a detailed agenda, and to register, visit http://nric.nebraska.edu.

EPSCoR – the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research – was established by Congress to support science, mathematics and technology research, infrastructure, and education in states that receive disproportionately lower amounts of federal research funding. Since 1991, Nebraska has received more than $229 million from federal EPSCoR/IDeA programs.

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