Richard K. Lester

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Talks & Media — Public Lectures

“The Nuclear Innovation Imperative”, MIT Club of France, Paris, June 2, 2013

“The Energy Innovation Imperative and the Role of Nuclear Power”, Northeastern University School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, 27 February 2013.

“Innovation Scale-Up: From Start-up to Commercialization and Beyond”, MIT Production in the Innovation Economy Study, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., 22 February 2013

“The International Outlook for Nuclear Energy”, keynote address, SimWorld International, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 13-14, 2012

“Energy Innovation”, Conference on European Energy Markets and Policy, Stockholm, Sweden, July 11-13, 2012

“Building a Regional Innovation Economy”, Keynote address, CTM 1st International Conference, Manresa, Catalonia, March 22, 2012

“The International Outlook for Nuclear Energy”, American Physical Society, Boston, MA, February 28, 2012

“Unlocking Energy Innovation”, IPC Forum on Energy Innovation, MIT, Cambridge, MA, November 10, 2011. Watch the video. Read about the event.

“Unlocking Energy Innovation”, Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, November 7, 2011

“Does Nuclear Energy Have a Future?”, presented to the MIT Southern California Alumni Club, National University,
Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 2011

“The Global Outlook for Nuclear Energy”, Keynote speech, American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 31, 2011. download pdf of talk

“Nuclear Governance and Nuclear Innovation After Fukushima”, Keynote speech, Global Nuclear Energy Summit – 2011, Seoul, Republic of Korea, October 22, 2011.

“Unlocking Energy Innovation”, Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar, University of California, Santa Barbara, October 6, 2011.

"Nuclear Leadership After Fukushima", MIT Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, 10th Anniversary Symposium, Cambridge, MA, 30 March 2011.

"Truth to Power: America's Energy Innovation Problem (and How to Fix It)", MIT Europe Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 12 October 2010.

“Building a Regional Innovation Economy”, Lecture Series on Rochester and the Innovation Economy, Rochester Institute of Technology, 28 September 2010.

“America’s Energy Innovation Problem”, Laboratory Fellows Colloquium, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID, 11 August 2010.

“The Federal Role in Energy Technology Innovation”, invited talk at PCAST Energy Technology Workshop, Washington, D.C., 10 May 2010.

“America’s Energy Innovation Problem (and How to Fix it)”, Conference on Imagine a Sustainable World, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 12 February 2010.

“America’s Innovation Problem (and How to Fix it)”, keynote speech at MIT Research and Development Conference, Cambridge, MA, 18 November 2009

“Some Observations on America’s Energy Innovation Problem”, invited talk at MIT Carbon Sequestration Forum, Cambridge, MA, 16 October 2009

“Our Innovation Economy”, invited talk at Bank of New York/Mellon Symposium on the Global Economic Crisis, Boston, 26 June 2009.

"An Innovation Strategy for the Downturn," address to the John Adams Innovation Institute Board of Governors' Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 26 January 2009

"Innovation and the Future of Manufacturing", Keynote speech at Manufacturing Forum – 2008, Tallinn, Estonia, 2 December 2008

"The Nuclear Future", American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, 12 October 2008.

"Energy Innovation: What's Here, and What's Coming," keynote speech delivered at Centennial Meeting of the National Governors Association, Philadelphia, PA, 14 July 2008.

"Regions, Industries, and the University Role in Economic Development", invited lecture, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 22 May 2008.

"Innovation and the Productivity Imperative", keynote speech presented at the AusInnovate Conference, CeBIT Australia – 2008, Sydney, Australia, 20 May 2008.

"Innovation and the Competitiveness of Local Economies," International Conference on Mobilizing Knowledge: Towards Next-Generation Innovation Policy, Espoo, Finland, 29 January 2008

"Innovation and Regional Competitiveness: New Strategies for University-Business-Government Cooperation", Keynote speech, 7th Annual Business-Academia-Government Collaboration Summit, Government of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, 26 November 2007

"Regions, Industries, and the University Role in Economic Development", invited lecture to the Commission on Outreach and Technology, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, New York City, 11 November 2007

"The Hidden Dimension of Innovation", Invited lecture, MIT-On-The-Road, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., 3 November 2007

"The Future of Manufacturing and the Role of Innovation", Keynote speech, National Center for Partnership and Performance Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 28 June 2007.

"Coal, Electric Power, and Carbon Emissions in China", Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research Seminar, Cambridge, MA, 3 May 2007

"Regions, Industries, and the University Role in Economic Development", Sloan Industry Studies Annual Conference, Cambridge, MA, 27 April 2007

"Innovation Management: A Systems View", AIST/NISTEP Seminar, Tokyo, Japan, 22 March 2007

"Growth Through Innovation: New Concepts and New Methods", Keynote speech, METI Symposium on the Management of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, 21 March 2007



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