• Whitepaper

    Our whitepaper contains contributions from all workshop groups. Download it here.

  • Workshop recap

    Take a look and enjoy!

  • Post-event follow-up

    Continue the conversation with our post-event survey

  • About the Event

    This was a highly interactive and stimulating 2-1/2 day invitational meeting focused on long-term prospects for revolutionary advances in energy based on improved precision in our control of matter, and how to speed current research in that direction.


    Wide-ranging thinkers, firmly grounded in a deep and broad understanding of current science facilitated future research directions, encouraged the formation of new multidisciplinary teams, and sped atomically-precise advances relating to energy production and conservation.


    This was an invitation-only event. Lodging and travel were be provided for as many attendees as funding allows (see below).


    Friday, May 20th s

    Starting at 2:00 p.m., ending time 9:00 p.m.

    Warm-up and introductions

    Including a presentation by Dr. David Forrest, US Department of Energy (DOE)

    Saturday, May 21st 

    Starting at 9:00 a.m., ending time 9:00 p.m.

    Interactive program

    Sunday, May 22nd 

    Starting at 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Interactive program, compilation of results


    The Lodge (Elks) Palo Alto
    Palo Alto Room, 2nd floor

    4249 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 493-4249


    Besides being able to say that you were there when it happened

    For your work

    Unique opportunities for progress

    Foresight workshops are known to be catalysts for forging relationships that would not have happened in any other way. You will have the unique opportunity to meet with authorities in nanotechnology and energy, in research and in the field. You can find creative impulses for your work, let your research shine in new light, and open new paths.


    Past workshops have resulted in opportunities such as new research collaborations, friendships, prizes, cross-industry insights, and funding for our participants. Furthermore, the workshop will provide you with media opportunities to make your voice heard, such as a video and a white paper.

    For the world

    Foresight's big mission

    We need energy to live in our modern civilization. But because of our dependency on fossil fuels for energy, we're facing irreversible damage to our planet and its climate, to our economy, and to our future.


    At Foresight Institute, we believe that this fate can be changed. But it takes new thinking to solve these challenges. We believe that atomically precise technology that radically changes the way we produce, handle, and consume energy is the key to changing the planet's fate. When the best expertise and ingenuity across different fields come together, great things happen. That is the mission behind this workshop and we want you to be a part of it.

  • Participants

    Dr. Joshua Ballard, Senior Research Scientist, Zyvex Labs
    Dr. Kris Bertness, Group Leader, NIST
    Prof. Markus J. Buehler, MIT
    Col. Steve J. "Bucky" Butow, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental

    Dr. Paul Cherukuri, Rice University
    Chuyang Cheng, Northwestern University
    Dr. Miaofang Chi, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Prof. Rhiju Das, Stanford University
    Prof. Tabbetha A. Dobbins, Rowan University
    Dr. Martin Edelstein, Founder, Covalent / AguaVia
    Dr. David Forrest, Technology Manager, US Dept. of Energy
    Steve Fowkes, CEO, Nanopolymer Systems
    Prof. Thomas R. Gaborski, Rochester Institute of Technology
    Dr. Cody Geary, Caltech
    Prof. James K. Gimzewski, FRS, UCLA
    Dr. Ashwin Gopinath, Caltech
    Prof. Gevorg Grigoryan, Darthmouth College
    Prof. Stine Grodal, Boston Unversity
    Dr. Brett Helms, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Dr. Yuanyue Liu, Caltech
    Prof. Joseph W. Lyding, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Thomas Nufert, Co-founder, Nanopolymer Systems
    Gayle Pergamit, Founder, Covalent / AguaVia
    Prof. Cary L. Pint, Vanderbilt University
    Dr. Michael Ross, UC Berkeley
    Prof. Christian Schafmeister, Temple University
    Prof. Volker Schweikhard, Rice University
    Prof. Justin Siegel, UC Davis
    Dr. Dario Stacchiola, Group Leader, Brookhaven National Laboratory
    Prof. Isabell Thomann, Rice University
    Dr. Lin-Wang Wang, Group Leader, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Wei-Ren Wang, Rice University
    Prof. Stanley Whittingham, SUNY Binghamton, Director, The NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage

  • Chatham House Rule

    To encourage cutting-edge discussion, we'll be following the Chatham House Rule for the majority of the event, as it is used at the World Economic Forum's meeting in Davos. This will allow you to speak freely on any topic without concern that your comments might be attributed to you without your express permission. The final whitepaper may contain a list of participants and their affiliations.


    To aid our preparation of a written event whitepaper, we will be doing audio recording throughout the event -- this is for reference only and will not be made public. Separately, if you're willing, we'd appreciate your making some brief informal remarks on video regarding your views of the event and its topic. Every participant will be asked to sign a Waiver, Indemnity and Release Form, but participation in the video is entirely voluntary.

  • Video

    Impressions of a past workshop hosted by Foresight Institute.

  • About Foresight Institute

    Foresight Institute is a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Founded in 1986, its mission is to discover and promote the upsides, and help avoid the dangers, of nanotechnology, AI, biotech, and similar life-changing developments.


    Foresight's mission is to:

    • speed development of nanotechnology and other key fundamental technologies,
    • promote beneficial uses of these revolutionary technologies, and
    • reduce misuse and accidents potentially associated with them.

  • Additional information

    For any questions or help with logistics, please reach out to conference@foresight.org.


    All meals and snacks are provided at no charge over the duration of the workshop.

    Friday: lunch and dinner

    Saturday: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Sunday: breakfast and grab-and-go lunch


    Please let us know about any dietary restrictions you may have by Friday, May 6 by emailing conference@foresight.org.


    Accommodations are provided for invited attendees, as available, at a hotel across the street from the summit venue.


    Hilton Garden Inn Palo Alto

    4216 El Camino Real

    Palo Alto, CA 94306

    Reservations 877-782-9444 | Hotel 650-843-0795

    Group: Foresight Institute



    Flight and travel expenses will be reimbursed for select attendees as available. Attendees will be responsible for booking their travel. Contact conference@foresight.org to inquire about availability.

    International Participants

    Attendees will be provided with a Letter of Invitation for use when entering the United States upon request.