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UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy is working with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., to host the U.S.-European Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Economic Growth. The summit began Monday and continues today in Washington.

Baker Center Director Carl Pierce, UT Interim President Jan Simek, ORNL Associate Lab Director Jim Roberto, and Robert Shelton, UT research professor and director of the energy and environmental policy program at the Baker Center, are participating.

Other participants include former Rep. Lee Hamilton, now president and director of the Wilson Center; Cora Marrett, acting director of the National Science Foundation (NSF); Michael Toman, lead economist on climate change for the World Bank; and Jean-Michel Baer, director of science, economy and society for the European Commission.

The summit was made possible, in part, by a National Science Foundation grant received by Shelton and the Baker Center. Other funding came from the Department of Energy through ORNL and the Baker Center.

The forum is the beginning of a year-long dialogue between the U.S. and Europe on science, innovation and sustainable economic growth.