By Daniel Yurman
What role can nuclear power play in getting humans to Mars or eliminating climate change? Nuclear energy has an increasing role in medicine and safety and security. Industry leaders, policymakers, and innovators will convene at Purdue for a three-day event: What if Nuclear Innovation Could Change the World? taking place on Sept. 3-5.
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.
The three day Atoms for Humanity Summit will be anchored by two Keynote Speakers and Two Headliner events. A complete list of featured speakers and panelists is available online.
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.
Keynote Speakers

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Sept. 5. “America’s Role in the Nuclear Future.” Moderated by PBS science correspondent Miles O’Brien.
Naomi Hirose, executive vice chair for Fukushima Affairs Tokyo Electric Power Co., 3:30-5 p.m., Sept. 4, “Fukushima Forward.”

Headliner Panel Topics & Speakers
Sept. 3, 4-5:30 p.m., “Advancing Nuclear.” 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, super computing and modular construction – along with government and venture funding – is making a new era for nuclear power possible. A powerful lineup of industry and government movers

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