Members of the Berkeley Water Center community were welcomed at the Basic to Applied Science for Sustainable Development symposia on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, sponsored by Cell Press Lablinks.

The all-day event was held in Blum Hall and sought to answer How can innovations in chemistry, energy, and biotechnology jointly be applied in low-resource settings for the benefit of a community? In particular, the symposia focused on three goals: good health and well-being, clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy.

Sessions included Challenges and successes in using science for sustainable development with Ashok Gadgil, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, University of California at Berkeley, and Blum Center; Metal-organic frameworks for drinking water with Eugene Kapustin, Lawrence Berkeley Lab; Materials for sustainable energy with Sossina Haile, Northwestern University; Emerging scientific and engineering opportunities within the water-energy nexus with Jeff Urban, Lawrence Berkeley Lab; Resilient envelopes; here, there, and everywhere with Paz Gutierrez, University of California at Berkeley; Inspiration from biological energy transduction for advanced rechargeable battery technology with Kisuk Kang, Seoul National University; Sustainable development through a synthetic biology foundry with Nathan Hillson, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and Joint Bioenergy Institute; short talks; panel discussion on the nexus between food, energy, and water; Biomass and bioenergy for sustainable development with Blake Simmons, Joint Bioenergy Institute; and Options to cost effectively decarbonize the global energy system with Arun Majumdar, Stanford University.

The symposia was organized by Matt Pavlovich, Editor, Trends in Biotechnology; Rob Eagling, Editor-in-Chief, Chem; Philip Earis, Editor-in-Chief, Joule; and Gadgil, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, University of California at Berkeley, and Blum Center for Developing Economies, Co-Editor in Chief, Development Engineering.

The LabLinks meeting combines the expertise in the applied biosciences of Trends in Biotechnology, Joule’s interest in both scientific and sustainability developments in energy, and Chem’s focus on basic chemical science with relevance to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Cell Press LabLinks are free, one-day symposia organized by scientists and Cell Press editors. Each LabLinks symposium features local and keynote speakers discussing a unified topic to foster interactions between colleagues working on related questions, whether those colleagues are across town, across the street, or across the hall.