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With nuclear power taking center stage in a growing national conversation about climate change, Purdue University–in partnership with Third Way, one of the nation’s leading think tanks focused on energy policy–is convening industry leaders, policymakers and innovators for the Atoms for Humanity Summit at the Purdue campus on September 3-5.

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Held as part of the university’s year-long Ideas Festival in celebration of Purdue’s 150th anniversary, the three day Atoms for Humanity Summit will be anchored by two compelling headliner events (see complete program schedule):

  • Advancing Nuclear (Keynote and Panel Discussion): Key players will reveal how next generation nuclear innovation is gaining momentum and is posed to play a major role in the clean energy future.
  • Forward from Fukushima (Keynote and Panel Discussion): Insiders will shed light on the lessons learned from the 2011 incident and how it has helped shaped the industry’s path for the future.

In addition, there will be two days of in-depth breakout sessions exploring the future of nuclear power in the context of the four Purdue Ideas Festival themes: health, space exploration, AI and robotics, and sustainability. These panels will feature top-notch experts alongside leading researchers and students from Purdue University. Moderated by award-winning PBS science reporter Miles O’Brien and Third Way clean energy policy advisor Jackie Kempfer, themes and topics to be explored during these sessions include:

  • What is nuclear power’s role in the climate and clean energy debate?
  • How close are we to scaling next generation nuclear innovations?
  • How will NASA power deep space exploration and colonization with nuclear power?
  • What role will nuclear play in the future of personalized medicine?
  • Will AI and robots make the nuclear industry safer and more secure?

The Atoms for Humanity Summit will be forward thinking in its approach and promises to be a signature event for policy-makers, business leaders, entrepreneurs–as well as students who will play a vital leadership role in the industry’s future.