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Fraunhofer and University of Delaware to Host Technology Summit (New Dates)


Product development challenges in the life sciences and energy will be the focus of the inaugural Fraunhofer-Delaware Technology Summit, March 5–6, at the University of Delaware. Registration is available through the conference website.

Originally set for late October 2012 but postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, the technology summit will feature an exciting program of local to international speakers.

The first day is a full-day conference at UD's Clayton Hall Conference Center. The second day will feature laboratory tours and follow-up discussions. In addition to talks and panels, participants are encouraged to exhibit posters related to the conference topics, ranging from “Advances in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing” to “Biomass-Derived Oils.” The deadline to submit a poster proposal is Feb. 25.

Keynote presentations include Douglas Muzyka, senior vice president and chief science and technology officer at DuPont, focusing on “Life Sciences Addressing Global Challenges,” and Lee Davis, senior vice president at NRG Energy, and president of NRG Energy Northeast, addressing “From Fossil to Photons: An Energy Company's Transformation.”

The summit will bring together leaders in basic research, translational sciences and industrial applications from across the state and around the world. Members of the scientific community will have a chance to meet, network, get new ideas and move forward in solving some of our major challenges in energy and the life sciences.

Fraunhofer is Europe's largest application-oriented research organization, with initiatives focusing on health, security, communication, energy and the environment. It has more than 80 research units, including 60 Fraunhofer Institutes, and more than 20,000 staff, primarily engineers and scientists.

The University of Delaware is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with very high research activity — a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation's top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering. The University has more than 70 research centers, will open a new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory in 2013 and recently began phase-one development of the 272-acre Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) campus.

University of Delaware
Tracey Bryant, 302-831-8185

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