Nature Research and Scientific American, in partnership with Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-California), are hosting the first “Science Meets Congress” breakfast event on November 15, 2017, at 9 am in the Rayburn building (Room 2043) on Capitol Hill. The event is open to the public.

The discussion, titled “Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Future,” will focus on how advances in research help to foster energy security and economic growth. It will address questions such as how best to successfully commercialize federally funded research.

“This is an opportunity to bring leading researchers and policymakers together to discuss potential energy solutions and a sustainable path forward,” said Rep. McNerney. “As one of only two scientists in Congress, I know firsthand the importance of integrating our scientific and policymaking communities. Successful policy is based on access to accurate information and evidence-based research, and forums like this allow us to start a productive dialogue.”

Speakers for the panel discussion are Eric Rohlfing, acting director of ARPA-e; Francis Martin O’Sullivan, director of research for MIT’s Energy Institute; and Rosemarie Truman, founder and CEO of the Center for Advancing Innovation. Mariette DiChristina, editor in chief of Scientific American, will moderate the panel.  Rep. Jerry McNerney will provide opening remarks.

The panelists will also discuss how innovations in energy production and storage opportunities are two key areas we can address with the latest science and engineering, while bolstering local and state economies.

“Science is the engine of human prosperity,” says DiChristina. “This evidence-based process is the means by which people better understand how the world works and create innovations that can improve lives. We are excited to partner with Rep. McNerney on this series, which will help illuminate how science can provide solutions to help us create a better future for everyone.”