When I started this site, I had an early goal of speaking to 1,000 people about nuclear power.
Next Tuesday evening in Sydney, I will be speaking to about that number at the Intelligence Squared Debate, speaking in favour of the proposition “We’ve seen the energy future and its nuclear”.
I strongly encourage Sydney-siders to get along to this event, it should be extremely stimulating, and I am really looking forward to taking some questions from the audience.
The very next day I’m on a plane to San Francisco to participate in the Breakthrough Dialogue 2012, which has the brilliant theme “Overcoming Wicked Problems”. As well as a specific session called The Future of Nuclear: Can next generation reactor designs overcome public fears of atomic energy? presented by Tom Blees, there should be a great deal of discussion among several of the great folks on my Who get it? list who will also be attending. It’s a brilliant opportunity to see how the Australian situation is comparing to the wider world, and bring back new ideas, contacts and energy for the local effort. I’m honoured and quite humbled to have been invited.
I’m then taking the chance to visit some friends for a couple of weeks, and I’ll be delivering an online unit for Adelaide Univerisity during some of this period, so you can expect the blog to be quiet for a few weeks. If you use Twitter, I will be punching out a few Tweets from the conference and my impressions of California in general. I’ll look forward to giving you a full wrap up on my return.
Here are the speakers for the Intelligence Squared debate.
- Michael Angwin is Chief Executive of the Australian Uranium Association. He has been responsible for establishing the Association, its decision-making processes, its agenda and its advocacy approach. Angwin’s interest is in research-based advocacy, clarifying knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle, and on the need for the uranium industry to make known its best practice credentials. He has been a senior executive at the Business Council of Australia and in the Commonwealth and Victorian public services, Rio Tinto’s Chief Employee Relations Adviser and the principal of a consulting business. He is the co-author of several books on industrial relations reform and the author of many published articles and of many public addresses.
- Ben Heard is Founder of ThinkClimate Consulting and Decarbonise SA and provides lectures in climate change to Adelaide University. Formerly opposed to nuclear power, he now considers it an essential technology. He holds a Masters of Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management, and has presented to audiences across Australia. Ben is widely published in press and online. His climate change work was published for the 2011 ANZRAI Conference.
- Professor Daniela Stehlik is Professor of Sociology and was recently Foundation Director of The Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory. She is an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University (Cairns) and the Australian National University (Canberra). She was Program Director for the projectUnderstanding the Formation of Attitudes to Nuclear Power in Australia for the National Academies Forum in 2009.
- Dominique La Fontaine is Vice President, Communications and External Affairs with REpower Australia, one of Australia’s leading wind power companies and part of global wind energy corporation Suzlon. She is an authority on the opportunities and risks presented by climate change, clean energy and sustainability. Her previous roles include the founding CEO of the Clean Energy Council, CEO of the Australian Wind Energy Association, and Principal – Climate Change with consulting engineers pitt&sherry. Dominique has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Assessment and Land Use Policy) and is a Board member of the New Zealand Wind Energy Association.
- Ian Lowe AO FTSE is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University and President of the Australian Conservation Foundation. His physics doctoral research was funded by the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He directed Australia’s Commission for the Future in 1988 and chaired the advisory council that produced the first independent report on the state of the Australian environment in 1996. Among many advisory roles, he is a member of the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council and the Queensland Sustainable Energy Advisory Council.
- Dr Fumihiko Yoshida is Deputy Director of the Editorial board of Japan’s major daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun. He is a co-writer of the recent Asahi Shimbun editorial series, Seeking a Society Without Nuclear Power. Graduating in American History from the University of Tokyo in 1980, he became a reporter for The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s leading national newspaper, in its Foreign, Science and Economic News sections. He served as the paper’s Washington correspondent and later was appointed Chief of its Brussels News Bureau. He was a Master of Science in Foreign Service Fellow at Georgetown University in 1984-85 and obtained his PhD in international public policy from Osaka University in 2007. Dr Yoshida has been a lecturer at the graduate school of Princeton University, and this year has been a visiting professor at Chuo University’s graduate school. He has written a number of books, including Human Security Strategy and Nuclear America – from Truman to Obama.