This event was produced by swissnex San Francisco and part of the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss-Brainstorm the Future. As a leading country in science, research, and technology, Switzerland is working with its American counterparts to address key global topics such as sustainability to better understand trends and arrive at solutions.
As society struggles to find clean, affordable, and reliable energy alternatives to meet the energy challenge and mitigate global climate change, it is important that scientists and policy-makers around the world work together to explore solutions.
To present the Swiss perspective on sustainable energy alternatives for the future, professor Konstantinos Boulouchos of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) will share the complex interaction between the energy and climate change challenges and provide insight into the ongoing debate surrounding long-term strategic targets like the 2,000-watt versus the one-ton CO2 society.
Joining Professor Boulouchos is internationally recognized U.S. climate scientist, Stephen Schneider of Stanford University. Professor Schneider is actively involved with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and specializes in projecting global climate change and related impacts for the future. He is also dedicated to communicating science to the public.
Konstantinos Boulouchos is a professor of aerothermochemistry and combustion systems at the Institute of Energy Technology at ETH Zurich (ETHZ) and Chair of the Board of the Energy Science Center. He trained as a mechanical engineer at the National Technical University of Athens and holds a Ph.D. in thermodynamics and combustion from ETHZ. Following post-doctoral work at ETHZ and a Visiting Scientist position at Princeton University, he served as Senior Scientist and head of the Combustion Research Laboratory at the Swiss National Laboratory, the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI).
In recent years, Konstantinos Boulouchos has been increasingly interested in research issues related to the modeling, assessment, and optimization of the global energy system from a rigorous thermodynamic point of view. Together with his team, he works on strategy development efforts for corporate and national institutions in the field of energy.
Stephen H. Schneider is Professor of Environmental Biology and Global Change at Stanford University, a Co-Director at the Center for Environment Science and Policy of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Senior Fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
He has served as a consultant to Federal Agencies and/or White House staff in the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations. His research includes modeling of the atmosphere, climate change, and "the relationship of biological systems to global climate change."
He has helped draw public attention to the issue of climate change. He is the founder and editor of the journal Climatic Change. He has authored or co-authored over 450 scientific papers, proceedings, legislative testimonies, edited books and book chapters; some 140 book reviews, editorials, published newspaper and magazine interviews and popularizations.
Stephen Schneider, an environmental studies professor at Stanford University, challenges the idea that recent cold weather trends disprove global warming. He argues that climate change opponents use "bad" science -- like cherry-picking weather trends -- to skew results.