Waterloo Global Science Initiative
Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI), founded in 2009, is an independent, non-profit organization created to host international science conferences every two years. The conferences are intended to focus on the role that science and technology can play in addressing the world’s most fundamental social, environmental and economic challenges. WGSI was formed as a partnership between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo.
Mission and structure
The Waterloo Global Science Initiative's mission is to tackle economic, environmental, and social issues using innovative science and technology. Each summit is dedicated to a specific theme or topic and features working sessions between a group of field experts and a group of emerging leaders in industry, policy and related fields, under the mentorship of experienced advisors from science, engineering, public policy, and industry. The summits culminate in the presentation of tangible recommendations to inform the implementation of scientific and technological solutions relevant to the chosen theme or topic.
Equinox Summit: Energy 2030
The first conference presented by WGSI, Equinox Summit: Energy 2030, examined energy concerns and the need for cleaner and more sustainable production, distribution, and storage of electricity. The Summit took place in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from June 5 to 9, 2011.
For more information on this subject, please read Equinox Summit: Energy 2030.
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- Professional website of Equinox Summit founding content director and chair Wilson da Silva
- Background on Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 and role played by content director and chair Wilson da Silva (includes videos and downloads)