Getting energized: Missouri Energy Summit to feature prominent energy leaders
There is energy in the air as the four campuses of the University of Missouri System put finishing touches on the first-ever Missouri Energy Summit April 22-23 on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
Designed to focus on “all things energy,” the summit includes an impressive lineup of state and national speakers on topics ranging from energy policy and research to energy security, management and consumption. T. Boone Pickens, a visionary in our nation’s future energy strategy, will serve as the keynote speaker to a packed auditorium April 22. More information on the summit can be found at missourisummits.com.
“The purpose of the Missouri Energy Summit is to engage in a comprehensive discussion on energy policies and issues that affect Missourians and beyond,” said Missouri University of Science and Technology Chancellor John F. Carney III, who is chairing the summit. “The university has an important mission in enhancing the economic development of the state, and through its impressive program, the summit will help the state focus on current and future energy needs.”
The power of the classroom
Select portions of the summit are being extended to schools and libraries across Missouri through the Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet), one of the nation’s first statewide research and education telecommunications networks. MOREnet will provide a live video stream of most summit speakers so students and others in Missouri can use the presentations for class discussions and enhanced learning opportunities.
“Our future energy leaders are sitting in Missouri’s classrooms right now, so we are pleased to make the Energy Summit available to them as a learning tool,” said University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee. “They will hear from outstanding energy experts across the country and also be introduced to faculty who will showcase cutting-edge energy research under way across our campuses. The private-public partnerships, new collaborative opportunities and investment coming out of this summit will lead to important new energy jobs that these students will be able to pursue.”
The university continues to believe that part of its mission is to connect the world to science and education. As a result, our summit also will test and evaluate new mobile platform applications to enhance the educational and networking experience of summit attendees.
Those unable to attend the summit can listen to select presentations via a live video stream at missourisummits.com. The entire summit will be available on demand from the Web site following the summit.
General admission seating is still available for summit presentations beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 and from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, including remarks by Gov. Jay Nixon at 8:30 a.m.
Podcasts and a video gallery on impressive energy research underway at the university’s four campuses are available on the Energy Summit site and are being profiled in the Research news section of this month’s Spectrum.