Rare Earth Elements: The Intersection of Science and Society

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Hudson Loft 1200 S Hope St Los Angeles, CA 90015 Map and directions

Are we making uninformed choices about our future?

The elements represented on the periodic table are the building blocks of our world, and the 17 rare earth elements are key ingredients in the technologies we hold most dear. So why have most people never heard of them? Rare earth minerals are essential to our cell phones, our national defense, and our ambitions to convert to green energy. But these crucial metals come with some challenges: most of the mining happens in other countries, and the process of extracting them has serious health and environmental impacts.

Join us for a thought-provoking evening featuring leading researchers from around the world sharing their insights into these increasingly significant elements. This engaging dialogue will be moderated by noted science journalist Ira Flatow, the host of NPR’s Science Friday.

Event Info and Tickets:
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 
7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Hudson Loft
1200 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00 p.m. Arrival/Networking

7:30 p.m. Welcome

7:35 p.m. The Promise and Problems of Rare Earth Elements
Ira Flatow

7:45 p.m. Production and Reduction in Use of Rare Earth Elements
Moderator: Ira Flatow
Panelists: Gwen Bailey, Julie Michelle Klinger, Eric Schelter

8:15 p.m.
Why Rare Earths and Materials Science Matter for Our Future
Adam Schwartz

8:30 p.m. Q&A

8:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Ira Flatow

8:50 p.m. Reception

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided

About the sponsor:
The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.