2013 Conference Schedule

  • SIXTH ANNUAL BERKELEY BIOECONOMY CONFERENCE:

    THE BIOECONOMY AFTER THE ELECTION

    U.C. BERKELEY ALUMNI HOUSE

    MARCH 27 AND 28, 2013

     

    MARCH 27

     

    8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

    Welcome

    Keith Gilless, University of California at Berkeley

    David Zilberman, University of California at Berkeley

    8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

    Session 1: State of Bioeconomy (State of Biofuel)

    • Wally Tyner, Purdue, “The Future of Biofuel”

    • Justus Wesseler, Technische Universität München, “The Bioeconomy in Europe”

    • Luuk van der Wielen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, “The

    Economy of Biobased Products”

    • David Zilberman, University of California at Berkeley, “An Economist’s View on

    the Bioeconomy”

    Break

    11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Session 2: Brazil and the Challenges of an Expanding Bioindustry

    • Marcos Fava Neves, University of São Paulo, Brazil, “Bioethanol in Brazil:

    Potential and Reality”

    • Marcia Azanha F.D. Moraes, University of São Paulo, Brazil, “Biojet Fuels:

    Sustainability Aspects”

    • Reese Ewing, Thomson Reuters, Brazil, “Policy, Consolidation and Investment

    Trends in Brazilian Biofuels”

    • Madhu Khanna, Hector Nunez, and David Zilberman, University of Illinois,

    University of Illinois, and University of California at Berkeley, respectively,

    “Economic Effects of Fuel Policies in Brazil”

    Lunch

    1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

    Session 3: Evolution of Energy Systems

    • Joaquim Bento, University of São Paulo, Brazil, “Indirect Land Use of Biofuel:

    The Case of Brazil

    • Avery Cohn, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, and

    University of California at Berkeley, “Agricultural Intensification at the Edge of the

    Amazon Rainforest: Evidence from a Spatially Explicit Panel of Double Cropping

    in Mato Grosso, Brazil”

    2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    Roundtable on Brazil

    • David Zilberman, Moderator, University of California at Berkeley

    • Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois

    • Marcos Fava Neves, University of São Paulo, Brazil

    • Marcia Azanha F.D. Moraes, University of São Paulo, Brazil

    • Reese Ewing, Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy

    • Joaquim Bento, University of São Paulo, Brazil

    • Avery Cohn, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, and

    University of California at Berkeley

    Break

    3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Session 4: Environmental Considerations

    • Caroline Taylor, University of California at Berkeley, “Life Cycle of Biofuel”

    • Antonio Bento, Cornell, “The Economics of the Life Cycle of Biofuel”

    • Jody Endres, University of Illinois, “Forest Sustainability in the Wake of Emerging

    Bioenergy Policies”

    • Stephen Kaffka, University of California, Davis, “Sustainability Standards,

    Certification and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard”

    • Heather Youngs, University of California at Berkeley, “Bioenergy and Water”

    6:30 p.m.

    Dinner for Conference Speakers

    7:30 p.m.

    Evening Speaker

    • Paul Willems, Associate Director, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of

    California at Berkeley

     

    MARCH 28

    8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    Session 1: Development of Biotechnology

    • Carl Pray, Rutgers, “Biotechnology and GMOs in China and India”

    • Jose Maria da Silveira, University of Campinas, Brazil, “Cooperation and Conflict

    in Public and Private Research Relations on Agriculture Biotechnology in Brazil:

    The Case of the Hybrid Maize Seed Industry, GM Cotton, and Transgenic Beans”

    • Kyle Emerick, University of California at Berkeley, “Flood-tolerant Rice Reduces

    Yield Variability, Differentially Benefitting Socially Disadvantaged Groups in India”

    • Abhaya Dandekar, University of California, Davis, “Transgenic Rootstock Based

    Management of Bacterial Crown Gall Disease: A Low Profile Entry Point for

    GMO Tree and Vine Crops?”

    • Huffman, Wally, Iowa State University, “Impacts of Public Corn Research and

    Weather on State Average Corn Yields: An Application of Stochastic Frontier

    Yield Functions”

    Break

    10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Session 2: The Bioeconomy Within a Larger Context

    • David Zilberman, University of California at Berkeley, “Contract Farming and

    Biofuel”

    • Siwa Msangi, International Food Policy Research Institute, “Biofuels and

    Development: Getting the Timing Right”

    • Firas Abu-Sneneh, Colin A. Carter, and Aaron Smith, University of California,

    Davis, “Do Gasoline Prices Account for Ethanol’s Lower Energy Content?”

    • Gal Hochman and Geoffrey Barrows, Rutgers and University of California at

    Berkeley, respectively, “Biofuel and the Economics of Refineries”

    Lunch

    1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Session 3: The Political Economy of the Bioeconomy

    • Steven Sexton, North Carolina State University, “Fracking and Biofuel”

    • Gina Waterfield and David Zilberman, University of California at Berkeley, “On

    the Willingness to Pay, Ban, and Label Biotechnology”

    • David Roland-Holst, University of California at Berkeley, “Employment and the

    Bioeconomy”

    • Bret Strogen, University of California at Berkeley, “Ethanol Pipelines: An

    Opportunity to Save Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emission: Did We Miss the Boat?”

    • Hamed Ghoddusi and Jessika Trancik, MIT, “Biofuel Supply Risks and Energy

    Security”

    Break

    3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

    Session 4: Alternative Fuels

    • Cynthia Lin, University of California, Davis, “An Analysis of the Effects of

    Government Subsidies on the Fuel Ethanol Industry: A Structural Econometric

    Model”

    • Gordon Rausser, University of California at Berkeley, “The Economics of

    Alternative Biofuel”

    • Blake Simmons, Joint BioEnergy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,

    “Making Second-generation Biofuel Work”

    • Jon Van Gerpen, University of Idaho, “Biodiesel Emissions”

    • Nadav Sorek and Johan Philipp Benz, University of California at Berkeley,

    “Biomass for Biofuel: How It is Made and How to Break It Down”