|Some 2011 Nashville IPF highlights—
Ed Steinfeld of MIT delivered a talk titled "Technology Innovation and China's Skyrocketing Demand for Energy" in which he traced the development of energy technology from innovative R&D, to demonstration project, to a fully scaled energy system. Steinfeld argued that the United States continues to excel in energy innovation—a relatively low-cost endeavor—and takes advantage of its excellent university and national lab system. However, as the requisite capital investment costs and risks increase, the US fails to take these innovations from the lab to larger scale projects, whereas China is increasingly adept at making the broad investments necessary to deploy a range of energy innovations.
Harold McFarlane from the Idaho National Laboratory provided his perspective on nuclear energy in the US. His talk, which is particularly important in the post-Fukushima context, discussed the technical challenges and other issues surrounding further development of nuclear energy in achieving our energy goals. Also informing the forum's theme were speakers from BP, Applied Materials, General Motors, and IBM—companies that use physics to compete in a rapidly evolving technological environment. Ellen Williams, AVS fellow and chief scientist at BP, discussed the range of BP projects underway to prepare for a time when fossil fuels are in limited supply and for meeting demands to limit atmospheric carbon dioxide. BP commits significant R&D resources to biofuels and carbon capture and sequestration. Om Nalamasu, chief technology officer of Applied Materials, illustrated how his company is leveraging its work in supplying equipment and services to the semiconductor industry by applying its expertise to novel displays and photovoltaics. Harkening back to Steinfeld's talk, Nalamasu related that currently, 80% of Applied Materials' workforce is located in the US, whereas its markets are mostly overseas, with China at the forefront.
Physics Today's online editor Charles Day and associate editor Jermey Matthews attended the IPF sessions and promptly wrote excellent summaries of the talks; see the IPF blog in PTOL's Singularities department. The blog has proved popular with online readers, with more than 2700 readers in the two weeks immediately following the IPF. See the Physics Resources Matters column for a preview of the 2012 IPF.
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|Capacity Building for Industrial Physics in Developing and Emerging Economies." Given the continuing globalization of advanced technological development, the goal of the IPF is to enlarge the scope of applied and industrial research by promoting links between scientists and industry. This interface is a crucial step in bridging science and society, leading to sustainable technological advancement or "capacity building."
The 2012 Industrial Physics Forum will have a rich array of sessions:
This forum is aimed at a general audience of physicists and advanced-degree students. The target audience also includes science policy administrators and leaders who would like to build the capacity for industrial physics in their regions. The IPF is being planned with support from the Academy of Sciences of the Developing World, the American Physical Society, the Central European Initiative, ICTP, and the Institute of Physics.
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November 29–December 1