What's fueling climate change?

November 15, 2005

How do we reconcile growing energy needs with climate change? Is nuclear energy the solution? As Montreal prepares to host the first meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol next month, the question of how to fuel our increasing energy needs is very much on the public agenda.

McGill University is pleased to announce the launch of the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series scheduled to be held November 24 in Montreal just prior to the Conference on the Climate Change Convention. The inaugural symposium, sponsored by Lorne Trottier, (B.Eng.70, M. Eng 73), President of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd., offers the general public the opportunity to hear about the key issues at stake and to debate proposed solutions.

Top scientists speak

Four of the world's leading experts in the field of climate change and energy will address questions of concern to families, policy makers, and environmental groups.

Dr. Amory Lovins, Founder and CEO, Rocky Mountain InstituteDr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Professor of Energy Economics, University of Vienna/IIASADr. Rom Duffey, Chief Scientist, Atomic Energy Canada Ltd.Dr. Martin Hoffert, Professor of Physics, New York University
About the symposium series

The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series, funded by the Trottier Family Foundation, honours the hi-tech businessman and philanthropist's wish to hold a public forum to inform, inspire debate and raise public awareness on contemporary issues confronting society. The series revives the 19th century tradition of public debate on issues of concern to society and sets it in the 21st century by creating an open forum with top scientific experts. The symposium is being organized by McGill's Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre (www.mcgill.ca/gec3)

About McGill University

McGill University is Canada's leading research-intensive university and has earned an international reputation for scholarly achievement and scientific discovery. Founded in 1821, McGill has 21 faculties and professional schools, which offer more than 300 programs from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. McGill attracts renowned professors and researchers from around the world and top students from more than 150 countries, creating one of the most dynamic and diverse education environments in North America. There are approximately 23,000 undergraduate students and 7,000 graduate students. It is one of two Canadian members of the American Association of Universities. McGill's two campuses are located in Montreal, Canada.

The speakers for the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium are available for advance interviews.

Information: Bonnie Brayton, Symposium Coordinator
Global Environmental & Climate Change Centre McGill University
Telephone: 514-398-3458
Fax: 514-398-3759 Email: trottiersymposium@geog.mcgill.ca
URL: www.mcgill.ca/gec3

McGill University

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