Events Archives

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Nuclear Policy Talk: Argonne National Lab and National & Global Security

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Since it was established as the nation’s first National Laboratory, Argonne has conducted world class research and development for the Department of Energy. Within weeks after Enrico Fermi and his team produced the first man-made, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction (in other words, nuclear reactor) at the University of Chicago, Argonne was created just down the road to pursue peaceful uses of the atom, notably a full decade prior to Eisenhower’s famous “Atoms for Peace” speech.

Flash forward 7 decades and Argonne is now globally recognized as a leader in many scientific disciplines including nuclear energy, materials science, high performance computing, national security and additional disciplines. This presentation will provide a brief description of what Argonne represents today, where it is heading in the future, and areas of opportunity for collaborations with universities and academic laboratories. While the focus of the presentation will be on national and global security, a broad array of opportunities will be addressed.

Exploring the Universe From the Moon

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Jack Burns, University of Colorado Professor and Vice President Emeritus will visit the Space Policy Institute to discuss the renewed interest in the moon in light of recent discoveries.

GeoBuiz 2015 Conference

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 8:00am to Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 5:00pm

The Space Policy Institute is proud to participate as an Institutional Partner for the GeoBuiz 2015 Conference. Space Policy Institute Director, Scott Pace, will be featured as a keynote speaker.

Geospatial industry is ever-evolving and is currently going through transformation towards being a value-based solution centric industry, wherein several stakeholders (who have traditionally been working as standalone isolated players) are exploring opportunities of integration, convergence and embedment. Further leading to the evolution of industry workflows and seamless delivery of solutions, there is added-value to geospatial context and content in the world economy and society.

photo: Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

2015 Allan Bromley Memorial Lecture: Prof. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Please join us on April 29, 2015 at 5:00pm for the 2015 Allan Bromley Memorial Lecture:

“Science and Technology Policy in Brazil: The Role of Sub-National Initiatives”

2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm

Director Allison Macfarlane will be featured on a panel of experts for a discussion on "Can Nuclear Regulation Be Credible?" during the 2015 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference.

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An International Perspective on STI Policy in the 21st Century

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Please join us on March 12th, 2015 at 4:30pm for a seminar featuring Andrew W. Wyckoff, the Director of the OECD's Directorate for Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).

Context-Driven Technology Choice for Development Workshop

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

The Context-Driven Technology Choice for Development workshop is interested in two particular challenges at the nexus of technology and development. The first challenge is the identification of technology areas whose adoption may serve as a platform for future economic growth.  The second challenge involves staying abreast of the quickly developing information and communications technology (ICT) that can help streamline governance, increase transparency, and encourage citizen participation.

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Internet Governance: Governing Ourselves on the Internet

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Please join us for a Brown Bag Science and Technology Policy Seminar on the topic of "Internet Governance: Governing Ourselves on the Internet," to be given by Kathryn C.

Big Data: The Promise and the Perils

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 9:00am to Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 5:00pm

We have at our fingertips a treasure trove of information that could help us greatly in understanding the best path forward, but what are the dangers that lie behind the numbers? The recent White House reports point to potential for discrimination, privacy violations and taking action based on findings that only tell half the story. How do we best use information to make good decisions?

S&T Policy Brown Bag: Innovation Policy Design For the case of SME in Korea

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 4:00pm

Innovation policy, like any other policies, may not achieve its intended outcome, because there is inherent uncertainties regarding the context of the policy. Thus, any innovation policy action should be tested after implementation, and its improvement should be made based on the test results. Policy impact assessment is a statistical tool to examine the quantitative outcome of the policy action based on the comparison between factual and counter-factual results using additionality concept. In this presentation, policy impact assessment results for some typical SME policies to support innovative activities in Korea will be delivered. A few general implications will be drawn for innovation policies for SMEs.

photo: Walter Scott, presenting

Assessing the Socioeconomic Impacts and Value of "Open" Geospatial Information

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 4:00pm

On October 28th and 29th CISTP co-sponsored a workshop titled “Assessing the Socio-economic Impacts and Value of “Open” Geospatial Information”. This workshop covered a variety of topics in the field of GIS including the emerging information environment and impacts on decision making, the impact of increased access to data and new modes of consumption, and the societal impact of information abidance, among many others seen in the agenda. Attendees represented a cross section of the GIS sector and both presented papers written as well as participated in candid discussions on the topics at hand. 

Photo: Alex King

What are Critical Materials?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Critical Materials Institute (CMI) is one of DOE's four Energy Innovation Hubs. Modeled after the concentration of brainpower and resources that defined the Manhattan Project, the Hubs combine basic and applied research with engineering to accelerate scientific discovery for critical energy needs. CMI brings together the efforts of 250 scientists across four national labs, seven universities and seven corporations, to assure the supply of materials needed for clean energy technologies.

Insiders’ Views of the Estonian ICT Success Story: the Rise of Skype and the E-governance Society

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 10:30am

Tiit Paananen and Hannes Astok discuss issues of international capitalization, cybersecurity, as well as particularities of Estonia as a political and economic actor verses the U.S.

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Google Glass and the Future of Photography

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:00am

Google Glass is one of the most interesting (and controversial) technological innovations to come along in recent years.  Its use, particularly its camera function, raises a whole host of technological, social, ethical, and privacy issues.  Marc Levoy, professor of computer science at Stanford who has also played a key role on the Glass project at Google, visited CISTP on May 12th.

photo: Parney Albright

Challenges Facing the Department of Energy: Stockpile Stewardship and Nuclear Modernization

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

Dr. Parney Albright discusses the stockpile stewardship and nuclear policy challenges facing the U.S. Department of Energy.