This two-day conference will consider the qualities of water from a scientific perspective as well as will delve into the role of water as a key component to life. It will focus on the challenges that exist and those that lie ahead if we do not properly address the water crisis that the planet currently faces. Water is critically joined in life on the planet. Without water, life cannot be sustained. We will consider the importance of water, maintaining our water resources, understanding the role of water in biological systems, and then looking at novel approaches to the global water crisis including shaping water behavior in water harvesting. This conference will be live-streamed by JASON Learning.

Next Breath is a charity that aims to bring advances in the cleaning of air emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic to those of the world’s 1.6 billion children most at risk of the health and learning risks of dirty air. Led by Lorie Karnath, founding editor of Molecular Frontiers Journal, Next Breath is leveraging charitable support to organize in late 2021 an international scientific conference called The Next Breath in Lausanne in partnership with the World Frontiers Forum, while partnering with other nonprofit and for-profit organizations to bring the simplest and most accessible non-therapeutic interventions to the kids who most need them.

Molecular events underpin much of what happens in our daily lives and on our planet. Everything from storage of memories in our brains to medical diagnostics and climate change all depends on molecular actions. Aiming to raise the appreciation of science and technology and their importance in addressing sustainability challenges, Molecular Frontiers presents in a new way the roles of molecules in various exciting and urgent contexts, especially catering to young people.

Molecular Frontiers started as a non-profit foundation registered in the state of Massachusetts, USA in 2006. In 2007, a second branch was founded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden. Working globally, Molecular Frontiers also has hubs in Africa and Asia. The organization operates with a small staff and relies extensively on volunteer contributions and support from governments, industry, and other non-profits.

JASON Learning is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded 33 years ago by Dr. Robert D. Ballard. Our vision is that students everywhere have the same opportunity for authentic exploration, innovation, meaningful and engaging learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to deepen their appreciation and knowledge, improve their lives, build careers, become informed and proactive citizens who will make a better world. 

We envision JASON to be THE place to find STEM education resources for formal and informal education centers, school districts, teachers, families, and students worldwide.

We invite you to explore the “Nature of Water” using JASON’s: Climate Seas of Change, Wetlands Race to Restore, VIMS-Marine Science & Microplastics, World of Waves, Monster Storms, and Immersion Learning Collections. 

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8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Molecules in Action

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Opening Address

9:15 AM – 12:45 PM: Presentations & Panel Discussion

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: Lunch

1:45 PM – 5:00 PM: Presentations & Panel Discussion

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9:00 AM – 5:15 PM

Water is Where Life Happens

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Welcome

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Presentations

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM: Lunch

12:45 PM – 5:00PM: Presentations & Panel Discussion

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM: Conclusion & Take Aways

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Symposium Chairs

Prof. Omar Yaghi

The James and Neeltje Professor of Chemistry Chair, College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley, CA

Prof. Bengt Nordén

Molecular Frontiers Foundation Chair, Chair of Physical Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Prof. Peidong Yang

Professor of Chemistry, College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley, CA

Prof. Douglas S. Clark

Dean, College of Chemistry, Gilbert Newton Lewis Professor, UC Berkeley, CA

Dr. Lorie Karnath

President & Founder, Next Breath | Founder & Managing Editor, Molecular Frontiers Journal | Founding Member Board of Directors, Molecular Frontiers Foundation

Conference Speakers

Prof. Richard J. Saykally

Endowed Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley, CA

Probing Aqueous Interfaces

“Since water compromises 70% of the Earth's surface, aqueous interfaces are a dominant factor in ocean chemistry, and geochemistry, not to mention biology! Having an accurate and universally predictive model for water is thus imperative!”

Biography

The Role of Water in Biological Systems

“The difference between the "solvation" in protein and in water is the key to the action of many biological systems.”

Biography

Prof. Arieh Warshel, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences

Prof. Richard Zare

Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science, Professor of
Chemistry, Stanford University

Water Microdroplet Chemistry

“Water is so common yet so mysterious; you might think that after all these years of studying water that we would know everything about water, but we are still discovering surprises!”

Biography

Enzymes Do It in Water

“Water is where life happens.”

Biography

Prof. Frances H. Arnold, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of
Technology

Prof. Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, the Nobel Committee for Chemistry, Member Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, member Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

Protein Folding in Water is Basis for Life and Death

“Equality, diversity and inclusion are essential factors for solving the world's many challenges. We need young people from all over the world as future scientists.”

Biography

Dynamics of Unstructured Parkinson’s and COVID Proteins in Water

“Science involves setting goals, trying hard to reach those goals, and often (almost always!) making mistakes along the way.”

Biography

Prof. Harry Barkus Gray

Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

Prof. Bengt Nordén

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology Gothenburg, Sweden, Former Chair Nobel Committee, Chemistry

The Role of Water for Life

“I am optimistic about our possibilities to mitigate the challenges that currently trouble planet Earth.”

Biography

Investigating Biological Diversity at the Smallest Scale

“Wherever science looks on Earth we find life: self-propagating molecular assemblies that can utilize resources in their local environment to propagate and disperse. What can we learn about the smallest such organisms and how do they affect our world?”

Biography

Prof. Andrew Z. Fire, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2006)

Professor of Pathology and of Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Peter G. Brewer

Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Hydrogen Bonds and Microbial Swimming – And Sperm Too

“This finding bridges the 50+ year long divide between the fluid dynamics and chemical physics views of microbial swimming efficiency.”

Biography

Surface Water from Space: Mapping Changing Water Levels Using New Radar Satellites

“Using satellites, we can understand the dynamics of water quantity and state, which helps us understand current and historical hydrologic trends and improve our resilience to ongoing climatic changes.”

Biography

Prof. Jessica Fayne

Research Fellow, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan

Prof. David Sedlak

Plato Malozemoff Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley, CA

Adventures in Water Decontamination

“If water is the essential ingredient of life, then water supply is the essential ingredient of civilization.”

Biography

Wello: A Novel Approach to the Global Water Crisis

“Great ideas only become solutions once you act on them.”

Biography

Cynthia Koenig

Founder, Wello Water

Prof. Omar Yaghi

James and Neeltje Tretter Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley, CA

Shaping Water Behavior in Water Harvesting From Air

“We need to care about the things that we do not see - we need to study those things and bring them fruitfully to society.”

Biography