Events

  • Meenakshi Dewan, 20, brings something very special to her home in Orissa, India: electricity. She is one of four women in her village trained in solar power engineering.

    © Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos Pictures/DFID

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    The Energy Transition in India—Towards Climate Change Mitigation

    Tue., Feb. 19, 2019 | 10:15am - 12:00pm

    Rubenstein Building - Room 414 A/B

    Speakers: 

    • Mr. Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India
    • Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi; India
    • Prof. Johannes Urpelainen, Founding Director, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP), Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.
    • Mr. Ranjit Bharvirkar, Principal and India Program Director, Regulatory Assistance Project, Vermont

    Moderated by Professor John P. Holdren,  Co-Director,  Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

    The seminar will begin with an introduction of the Science, Technology, & Public Policy Program and its focus on India's energy decarbonization and then each speaker will present for 15 minutes. This will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session moderated by Prof. John P. Holdren.

    Coffee & Tea will be provided.

    Co-sponsored by the Consortium of Energy Policy Research

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Governing AI — How Do We Do It?

    Wed., Jan. 30, 2019 | 8:00am - 9:00am

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Speaker: Mr. Tommy Ahlers, Minister of Higher Education and Science, Kingdom of Denmark

    Moderators: Professor John P. Holdren, Co-Director, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program and Professor Daniel Schrag, Co-Director, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program

    Please join us for an open discussion over breakfast on the usage and potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and the legislative challenges that usage of such new technology entails. The minister will present the challenges that he is wrestling with in this field and afterwards open up the floor for discussion.

    Please RSVP to patricia_mclaughlin@hks.harvard.edu by 4 PM, Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Disrupting Bureaucracy: Rescuing Healthcare.gov and Starting the U.S. Digital Service

    Fri., Apr. 8, 2016 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

    Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

    Come hear from Ryan Panchadsaram about how to disrupt government on a massive scale! As a former start-up entrepreneur with previous product roles at Microsoft and Salesforce, Ryan came to the federal government as part of the initial class of Presidential Innovation Fellows. He stayed on at the White House and became U.S. Deputy CTO where he helped shape the federal government's digital strategy.

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Five Principles for Convergence of Knowledge, Technology, and Society

    Wed., Dec. 11, 2013 | 3:30pm - 5:15pm

    Belfer Building - Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor

    Convergence of knowledge and technology for the benefit of society is the core opportunity for progress in the 21st century, based on five principles.

    Coffee, tea, beverages will be served, starting at 3:30 PM. The seminar will begin at 4 PM.

    Space is limited and will be allowed on a first-come basis.

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Korea's Growth Strategy in the Time of Standstill: Convergence and Innovation Based on Manufacturing

    Mon., Dec. 10, 2012 | 11:00pm - 12:30pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    In this seminar, Minister Hong will walk the audience through the past, present, and future of Korean industry by analyzing motives of Korea's rapid growth, introducing promising industries such as nuclear, IT, and petro-chemistry and explaining current problems and new growth engines of Korea.

    Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Space is limited, and admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Whole of Nation Cyberpower

    Tue., Sep. 11, 2012 | 9:30am - 11:00am

    Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

    How can nations project power in cyberspace? This seminar will illustrate how three fundamentally different approaches exist to state/non-state cooperation and will show how these approaches are useful in understanding fundamental strengths and weakness of a nation's cyberpower.

    Please join us! Beverages provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Living Sustainable Development: Opportunities for Planets, Places, and People

    Mon., Apr. 23, 2012 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Taubman Building - Nye A, 5th Floor

    Professor Clark will not only convey the big picture of sustainable development challenges that affect the whole planet — he will also bring these challenges down to the level of policy choices and personal decisions.

    Light refreshments will be served. In the spirit of Professor Clark's talk, PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN REUSABLE MUG OR CUP.

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    When Can the Government Force Suspects to Decrypt Incriminating Files?

    Tue., Apr. 3, 2012 | 10:00am - 11:00am

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    This seminar will provide an overview of the background relating to compelled decryption and then present some of the current and future technology trends that will need to be considered when this framework is updated. It will also address some of the challenges in identifying an approach that can both safeguard constitutional rights while also ensuring that terrorists, human traffickers, and other criminals are not provided with an impenetrable legal shield for incriminating documents.

    Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

  • Seminar - Open to the Public

    Mobile Communication as a Growth Engine for Emerging Economies: The Turkcell Case

    Mon., May 4, 2009 | 11:45pm - 1:00pm

    Harvard Business School - Gallatin Hall, Building C, Lounge

    It is increasingly more challenging to remain competitive in a global market. Technology provides a series of opportunities for business and consumers. It also plays an important role in sustaining economic survival. Mobile communication is at the center of information convergence—and emerging economies will grow with the momentum of the mobile telecomm industry—mobile phones have reached over four billion connections, more than any other device could in the history. We can use mobile communication to attempt to solve many problems in underdeveloped areas which are otherwise not reachable.

    Please join us! Light lunch and refreshments provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

  • Two Lebanese students, Dalia Fawaz, in a T-shirt with a sticker of an American flag, chats with her colleague Maha Homsi, at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Oct. 1, 2001.

    AP Photo

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    The Soft Power of American and French Universities in the Middle East

    Wed., Apr. 23, 2008 | 1:15pm - 3:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    This paper studies the soft power of the American University of Beirut, the Université Saint-Joseph of Beirut, and the American University in Cairo. These universities founded in 1866, 1875, and 1919 supply rich cases to study what soft power goals and strategies public and private actors historically have pursued, the soft power of these institutions in sponsor and host societies, and the effect of political context on this soft power.

    Please join us! Coffee, tea, and dessert provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    The Elusive Demos: Democracy in the Digital Age

    Science Center - A

    Speakers:  Yaron Ezrahi, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Andy Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology Policy, University of Sussex; Shiv Visvanathan, Professor and Vice Dean, Jindal Global Law School; Jane Mansbridge, Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, HKS.

    Moderator:  Sheila Jasanoff, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, HKS.