Nevada Lithium Circular Economy Conference

Join us for two days of conversation and collaboration focused on the Lithium Circular Economy in Nevada a complete lithium supply chain, from resource management of critical materials, to the rejuvenation, repurposing, and recycling of lithium batteries, and to the reinvention of the future generations of batteries.

The agenda will include panel discussions on trends in battery technology, workforce and economic development, and the future needs for a successful lithium circular economy. Speakers will include experts in innovation ecosystems, members of experienced research alliances, and individuals from key Nevada organizations and agencies. Breakout groups will give attendees an opportunity to learn what the key stakeholders have already been working on, and to give input and feedback to expand ideas.

This conference is made possible by the National Science Foundation Engines Development Type-1 Award Number 2305697 issued to the University of Nevada, Reno.

Travel support is available for eligible attendees. Please complete your registration and note your interest in travel support. A conference team member will reach out to you directly. Support includes transportation to and from Reno for out-of-town attendees, ground transportation in Reno and hotel costs.

Registration closed on Friday, March 15, 2024. Please contact or with requests or questions.

Agenda overview

Monday, April 8, 2024


  • Welcome and conference kickoff
  • Fireside chat: Geoffrey Brown, Ph.D., program director with the NSF TIP Directorate and Bob Potts, deputy director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Moderated by Mridul Gautam, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno vice president for research & innovation
  • Presentation: Through the Eyes of Tribal Stakeholders:  Lithium Mining - The New "Green” Transition, and Threats to Native American Culture presented by Michon Eben, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, and Travis Numan, Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering at the University.


  • Panel discussion: Future Trends in Battery Technology
  • Breakout sessions: Workforce Development; Culture of Innovation; Sustainable Development, Economic Development
  • Panel discussion: Venture Capital, with representatives from America’s Frontier Fund, Roadrunner Ventures, SVB Capital and gener8tor
  • Presentation: Betony Jones, director of the Office of Energy Jobs, Federal Department of Energy
  • Evening hosted reception

Tuesday, April 9, 2024


  • Panel discussion: Success Stories & Lessons Learned from Successful Innovation Ecosystems, with representatives from the Georgia Research Alliance, BioSTL, the Arkansas Research Alliance and the State Science & Technology Institute
  • Q&A with Recharge Nevada collaborators
  • Breakout sessions: Workforce Development; Economic Development; Use-Inspired Research


  • Panel discussion: The Battery Circular Economy, with representatives from the University, Lithium Americas, Redwood Materials and American Battery Technology Company
  • Panel discussion: Workforce & Economic Development in Nevada’s New Innovation Ecosystem, with representatives from Truckee Meadows Community College, the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Tesla and the University Center for Economic Development

Lodging information

Whitney Peak Hotel

For those traveling to Reno for the conference, we have secured a block of rooms at the Whitney Peak Hotel. Space is limited, so please book well in advance.

Instructions for booking a room at the Whitney Peak Hotel:

  1. Visit the hotel booking website
  2. Enter the dates of stay you wish to book
  3. Click on the “special rates” button
  4. Enter your code LIT24 in the “group code” section
  5. Select “done”
  6. Click the “check rooms & rates button”
  7. Choose the room category you wish to book and enter your Hilton Honors rewards number when booking to redeem points for your stay!

To guarantee the rate and availability, all room reservations need to be made by the cutoff date of Monday, March 4, 2024.

Visiting Reno, Nevada

Your conference destination is Reno, set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains and located only 30 minutes from Lake Tahoe. The conference hotel, the Whitney Peak, is a non-gaming, non-smoking, independent property that is centrally located to all of the downtown Reno entertainment and dining options. This unique hotel features rooms with panoramic views of the Sierras and is just a couple of blocks from the beautiful Truckee River that flows through downtown.

If flying into the region, you will be choosing flights into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. There are a number of rental car and ground transportation options.

Visit Reno-Tahoe

Questions? For conference-related inquiries, email

The downtown Reno Arch that reads "The Biggest Little City in the World"