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Session 1: Science not Fiction!

This unique panel will discuss the scientific research is addressing major societal challenges today.

Chair: Marina Villegas, Director of the Spanish State Agency for Research, Spain

  • Dava J. Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Harvard-MIT Health, Science, and Technology full Professor, MIT, USA

  • James Gimzewski, Professor and Director of CNSI Core Lab, UCLA, USA

  • Eicke Weber, CEO, Berkeley Education Alliance for Research, Singapore and Vice-President of ISES - International Solar Energy Society


Dr. Marina Villegas holds a Ph. Degree in Chemistry. She got tenured as a Scientific Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council and impulsed several research lines, mainly devoted to Materials Science, particularly in the field of chemical synthesis of ceramic materials. She accumulates expertise on dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric (lead based and non-lead based) ceramic materials, as well as in traditional ceramics.

Her main achievements have been related to the surface modification of ceramic particles and nanoparticles and the study of microstructure…

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Dava J. Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics andHarvard-MIT Health, Science, and Technology full Professor, has served as director for MIT’s Technology and Policy Program and led the MIT Portugal Program, an alliance between Portuguese public and private organisations.

Most recently she served as NASA's Deputy Administrator...

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James Gimzewski is a distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Nano/Pico Characterization Lab Director of the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI).
Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2001, he was a group leader at IBM's corporate research laboratory in Zürich...

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Professor Eicke R. Weber serves as Vice President of the International Solar Energy Society ISES since 2015. He has been Director/CEO of the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore from 2017 to 2018.

Between 2006 and 2016, he served as Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany and previous to that Prof. Weber was on the Faculty of the Department of Materials Science of UC Berkeley and Faculty Investigator of Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.

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Earlier Event: October 15
Opening Ceremony
Later Event: October 15
Coffee Break