Recorded Atoms for Humanity Keynote Presentations

The Atoms for Humanity Summit spent parts of three days on the numerous sides of the summit’s title question: “What IF Nuclear Power Could Save the World?” Nuclear power looks to have a future at least in medicine, space exploration, artificial intelligence and robotics, and climate and clean energy. This is an event in the Ideas Festival, the centerpiece of Purdue’s yearlong Giant Leaps Sesquicentennial Campaign.

Sept. 3, 2019: Keynote Speech with Dr. Mark Peters

Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Miles O’Brien

In the face of an accelerating climate crisis, nuclear power is at a crossroads. While the industry is an important source of carbon-free energy in the U.S., old plants are getting shuttered and new plants are struggling to gain financial footing. Enter next generation nuclear.

Innovations driven by advanced materials, supercomputing, and modular construction–along with government and venture funding–is making a new era for nuclear power possible. A powerful line-up of industry and government movers and shakers–as well as advanced nuclear innovators–will provide a glimpse of the future.

Sept. 4, 2019: Keynote Speech with Naomi Hirose

Followed by a Panel Discussion moderated by Miles O’Brien

In March of 2011, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to hit Japan spawned a massive tsunami that inundated the coastline, killing thousands and sending the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the path to meltdown. A few miles south, however, the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant weathered the catastrophe without suffering a meltdown. Why? And what lessons have been learned from the incident?

Key industry players and insiders will make a rare joint appearance to reveal what happened that fateful day, the unprecedented cleanup process at Fukushima Daiichi, and how the incident is shaping the future of the nuclear power industry.

Sept. 5, 2019: Keynote Conversation with U.S. Senator Mike Braun of Indiana and Dr. William Bookless of the National Nuclear Security Administration, moderated by PBS Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien

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