Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
Across energy, agricultural and forestry landscapes, the production of biomass for energy has emerged as a controversial driver of land use change and climate mitigation. Join us for a panel discussion with Dr. Jeremy Woods and Professor Lee Lynd, moderated by Dr. Alexandre Strapasson and introduced by Professor Henry Lee, to discuss the myths and realities of the bioenergy expansion and new policy strategies to promote bioenergy in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
This event is part of the SDG Series, a series of events organized by a group of research fellows working on EU sustainability issues at the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.
Free and open to the public. RSVP required.
Light refreshments will be served.
A Panel Discussion with:
Dr. Jeremy Woods, Senior Lecturer in Bioenergy at Imperial College London (U.K.), and Co-Director of the Imperial College Center for Energy Policy and Technology. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) Scientific Advisory Committee, and of the Bioeconomy Platform at the EU Climate-KIC. He has been actively participating in bioenergy discussions worldwide, including at the European Commission level, and in recent debates on the use of wood pellets from the U.S. for power generation in Europe.
Professor Lee Rybeck Lynd, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering Design at Dartmouth, and Executive Committee Chair of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy Initiative. He is also Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Enchi Corporation Biomass Deconstruction and Conversion Focus Area Leader, DOE Bioenergy Science Center. Professor Lynd is an expert on the production of energy from plant biomass and conducts leading research on microbial cellulose utilization. He has an extensive number of publications in bioenergy, and his work has been featured in both national and international media.