Advancing energy sustainabilty by governance leadership in artificial photosynthesis

Date & time

11.30am 7 September – 2pm 9 September 2016


Common Room, University House,1 Balmain Crescent, Australian National University, Acton, Canberra ACT


 Nicole Harman
 02 6125 0454


Wednesday, 7 September 2016 - 11:30am - Thursday, 8 September 2016 - 1:30pm

This workshop builds upon unique Australian interdisciplinary research and collaborations to develop novel approaches to governance leadership in the frontier renewable energy technology of artificial photosynthesis (making fuels, food and fertilizer from sunlight, water, atmospheric nitrogen and carbon dioxide).

It links established and emerging Australian scholars with eminent international experts to construct a framework for innovative law and public policy reform proposals that overcome impediments to rapid commercial deployment of this combined energy security and climate change solution. As such it will particularly focus on developing links between global artificial photosynthesis and initiatives such as the Breakthrough Energy Coalition of influential private philanthropists. 

The workshop will run from 11am Thursday 15 September to 2pm Friday 16 September 2016 at University House at the ANU with public lectures and forum in the Finkel Lecture Theatre at the JCSMR 5.30-7.30pm on Thursday evening and workshop dinner thereafter.

Invited speakers



  • Complimentary registration before 25 May 2016
  • Full price $50 (after 25 May 2016)
  • Student $0 (after 25 May 2016)
  • Conference dinner $60

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This research is supported under Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (project number DP140100566).

Lord Howe Island conference

In addition, there will be a Satellite Conference at Lord Howe Island from Saturday 17 September to Wednesday 21 September 2016. The third international conference dedicated to the creation of a Global Synthetic Photosynthesis Project and to its role in environmental and social sustainability— held at Lord Howe Island, a beautiful world heritage-listed site in the South Pacific. 

Registration and program

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» Program outline (PDF, 138KB)

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