EU – US Conference on Energy – Final Report 2013


The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the European Commission, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars organized the U.S-.E.U. Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Economic Growth. The Summit, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the European Commission, examined the critical impacts of investments in science, technology, and innovation on sustainable economic growth. The Summit, whose activities extended over two years, explored the links between science and economic growth and included two meetings and four workshops.

The Summit has proved unique in two important respects. First, it has prompted an interdisciplinary examination by leading scientists, economists, and policy analysts of the relationship between science and sustainable economic growth, tracing the process from discovery through technology development to sustainable economic growth. Second, the Summit has taken place at a time when policy is being discussed and developed to restructure the economy in a way that will affect long-term production and employment.

The Summit began with a one-day meeting in Washington, D.C., on September 28, 2010. At this initial meeting, participants discussed how past linkages among investments in science, technology, and education have affected job creation, employment, and economic growth. While the Summit was designed to address the impact of science, technology, and innovation on sustainable economic growth, it has given specific attention to the critical areas of energy, water, and the environment and the necessary innovations for achieving a low-carbon economy.

The Summit’s opening meeting was followed by four workshops held in 2011 at the Howard Baker Center in Knoxville, Tennessee; the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.; the Paris School of International Affairs in Paris, France; and the European Commission’s Conference Center in Brussels, Belgium. The two U.S. workshops focused on energy and the critical link between energy and water. The third workshop, held in Paris, focused on energy security, and the fourth workshop, held in Brussels, explored innovation that is necessary to move toward a post-carbon economy. The Summit’s final plenary session convened September 11, 2012, at the Woodrow Wilson Center to summarize the findings and examine the implications of a post-carbon world.

The reports on the workshops and meetings of the UNITED STATES AND EUROPEAN UNION SUMMIT ON Science, Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Economic Growth , as well as recommendations made by the participants, are found at the following links.

A Report on the Deliberations of the Summit’s Opening Plenary Session – September 28, 2010   03_FirstPlenaryReport-FINAL

A Report on the Deliberations of Science, Energy, and Sustainable Economic Growth – March 30- April 1 and September 19, 2011  EnergyWorkshopRe3-Final

A Report on the Deliberations of Energy, Water, and Innovations:  A Critical Nexus for Sustainable Economic Growth – September 7-8, 2011  WaterWorkshopRe2-Final

A Report on the Deliberations of “Visions of Sustainable Economic Growth:  A Transatlantic Dialogue on Energy, Water and Innovation”   – September 11, 2012   05_FinalPlenaryReport_Fin-4

Final Report 2010-2012   04_FinalReport_Fin-3-Final