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Uniting Science, Policy, and Innovation to Solve Grand Challenges

Paul Bunje, Ph.D., X PRIZE Foundation
When
Feb 28, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
Where
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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530-752-2635
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Many of the world’s grand challenges suffer from a suite of barriers that cannot be fixed by technology or policy alone. Environmental challenges in particular—such as climate change, the depletion of natural resources, or ocean acidification—have diverse causes and potentially require creative solutions that unite technology, policy, economics, and social action. Paul Bunje will explore the roles that science, policy, and innovation (such as those incentivized by X PRIZEs) can play in addressing some of these grand challenges. He will highlight some causes for hope through two case studies from his own experience: (1) how regional approaches that unite scientists, local governments, and community organizations is helping to address climate change throughout California, including through the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability; and (2) how creating bold and audacious goals to advance the science of ocean acidification can lead to both technological breakthroughs and action through the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X PRIZE.

Paul_BunjePaul Bunje comes to the X PRIZE Foundation with more than 12 years of experience in science, policy, education, and environmental leadership. Dr. Bunje brings his unique ability to bridge the gap between science and society to the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X PRIZE to help lead the identification of solutions to the challenges facing our world’s oceans.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Bunje served as the founding Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions and as the Managing Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. In these roles, he facilitated innovative research and communication between scientists, decision makers, and the public and led the creation of regional climate change programs for the 10 million people of Los Angeles County.

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