Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu headlines Climate Science and Policy Conference

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Steven Chu
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Ken Caldeira

Steven Chu, former U.S. secretary of energy and winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, will speak on "Climate Change and a Low-Cost Path to Sustainable Energy" at the Fred Keeley Lecture on Environmental Policy during the third annual Climate Science and Policy conference at UC Santa Cruz.

Chu’s talk at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 will be the culminating event for the two-day conference. Chu served as secretary of energy under President Obama from 2009 to 2013. His is currently professor of physics and professor of molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford University.

The conference,  “Earth's Climate Future: Uncharted Territory,” is presented by the UC Santa Cruz divisions of Social Sciences and Physical and Biological Sciences, and brings practitioners and policy makers to the UCSC campus for discussions around the issue of climate change.

Keynote sessions Friday and Saturday evenings and three panel discussions on Saturday are open to the public and free of charge. All events take place at the College Nine/Ten Multipurpose Room on the UCSC campus. Registration is required.

The conference opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a keynote address by Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist working for the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. He investigates issues related to climate, carbon, and energy systems.

Panels on Saturday will focus on public health, geoengineering, and geopolitics.  A complete program may be found at