MU Life Sciences and Society Program
Life Sciences and Society Program
105h Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: (573) 884-6883

4th Annual Life Sciences and Society Symposium at MU

Biofuels: Initiatives, Challenges & Opportunities

The 4th Annual Life Sciences and Society Symposium brings internationally recognized experts to the MU Campus to examine the science behind biofuels and associated social, cultural and economic implications on the state and global communities.


The continuing reliance of the global community on fossil fuels has been a central policy issue in recent years. Environmental concerns over greenhouse gases, finite oil supplies outstripped by growing demand from emerging economies, increasing instability in oil producing states, and record oil prices are some of the main drivers of the public debate.

Against this backdrop, biofuels have been heralded for their promise of improved air quality, enhanced energy security and sustainability, as well as for a more equitable agricultural policy. Along the way, significant investments have been made in research and commercialization.

Nonetheless, questions remain on the ability of biofuels to deliver on their social promise. What role can technology play in overcoming current production limits and in increasing efficiency? What are the relative economic and environmental impacts of biofuels? What regulatory policies and legislative initiatives are needed to advance the technical paths that benefit society?


Time: March 14 & 15, 2007
Place: Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center Monsanto Auditorium

March 14th - 7:00 pm
The LSSP Lecture

Professor Bruce Dale
Michigan State University
"Biofuels: Thinking Clearly about the Issues"

March 15th
Session 1: 8:00 - 10:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks by Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Interim Director of the Life Sciences and Society Program

Dr. Philip Peters, Jr., Ruth L. Huslton Professor of Law (University of Missouri)

Dr. Martha Schlicher
VP of Engineering, Renewable Agricultural Energy, Inc.
"Biofuels in the US: Today and in the Future"

Dr. Fernando Reinach
CEO, Alellyx, and Director, Votorantim New Business Ventures
"Biofuels in Brazil: Today and in the Future"

Dr. Jerry Caulder
Executive Chairman, Finistere Partners
"The Future of Biofuels: A Venture Capitalist's View"

Session 2: 10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Dr. Henry Nguyen, MSMC Endowed Professor and Director of National Center for Soybean Biotechnology (University of Missouri)

Dr. Hosein Shapouri
Senior Scientist, USDA
"Energy Balance of Biofuels"

Dr. Anthony Janetos
Director, Joint Global Change Research Institute
"Biofuels as a Solution to Global Change"

Professor Bill Kovarik
Radford University
"Biofuels: Back to the Fuel of the Future"

Lunch Buffet in Atrium: 12:15 - 1:00 pm

Session 3: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Opening Remarks by Senator Christopher S. "Kit" Bond
Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, MSMC Endowed Professor of Agribusiness and Interim Director, Life Sciences and Society Program (University of Missouri)

Dr. John Kruse
Director of Biofuels Analytics, FAPRI, University of Missouri
"The Economic Impacts of Biofuels: A National Perspective"

Dr. Chad Hart
Head of CARD Biorenewables Policy Division, Iowa State University
"The Economic Impacts of Biofuels: A Global Perspective"

Dr. Marty Romiti
Director, MERIC
"Economic Impact of Biofuels on Urban and Rural Communities: A State Perspective"

Session 4: 3:00 - 4:45 pm
"How will Missouri Participate?"
Facilitator of Panel Discussion:
Jack Schultz, Director, MU Life Sciences Center


Dr. Ganesh Kishore
VP, Dupont Science and Technology & Chief Biotechnology Officer
Mike Mills
Deputy Director, Missouri Department of Economic Development
Representative Steve Hobbs
Missouri House of Representatives
Dale Ludwig
CEO, Missouri Soybean Association
Panel Discussion

Sponsored By

  • Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center
  • College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Environmental Sciences
  • Division of Applied Social Sciences
  • Economics & Management of Agbiotechnology Center
  • National Center for Soybean Biotechnology
  • Office of Research
  • School of Law
  • Truman School of Public Affairs
  • UM Office of Research and Economic Development
  • Value Added Center