Accelerating Energy Innovation: Lessons from Multiple Sectors


October 23, 2009


 The National Press Club

Holeman Lounge

Washington, DC


Sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Program on Environmental and Energy Economics

 and NBER Program on Productivity.


To present the findings of a forthcoming book edited by Professor Rebecca Henderson, Harvard University and NBER

 and Richard G. Newell, Duke University (on leave)


8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast



8:30 am

Introduction and Keynote Speaker




Dr. Steven E. Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy



9:00 am

Agriculture, Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals/Biotechnology




Tiffany Shih and Professor Brian Wright, University of California at Berkeley


Agricultural Innovation




Professor Ashish Arora, Duke University and NBER


Alfonso Gambardella, Bocconi University


Implications for Energy Innovation from the Chemical Industry




Professor Iain Cockburn, Boston University and NBER


Professor Scott Stern, Northwestern University and NBER


Jack Zausner, Northwestern University


Finding the Endless Frontier: Lessons from the Life Sciences Innovation System for Energy R&D



10:00 am




10:15 am

Semiconductors, Computers and the Internet




Professor David Mowery, University of California at Berkeley and NBER


Federal Policy and the Development of Semiconductors, Computer Hardware, and Computer Software:  A Policy Model for Climate Change R&D?




Professor Shane Greenstein, Northwestern University and NBER


Nurturing the Accumulation of Innovations: Lessons from the Internet



11:15 am



Dr. Mary Bohman, Division Director, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture


Dr. Michael Holland, Senior Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary for Science,

U.S. Department of Energy


Dr. Carl Shapiro, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Justice


Bill Valdez, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy


Dr. Jeannette Wing, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation



12:15 pm

Rebecca Henderson, Harvard University and NBER





12:30 pm





Additional Chapters:


Professor Joshua Lerner, Harvard University and NBER


Venture Capital and Innovation in Energy