The need for a national science policy to improve economic productivity will be the topic of the keynote address at the 12th annual Utah Conference on Energy, Mining and New Technology scheduled for Sept. 9.

The conference, sponsored by the Utah Engineering Experiment Station, will deal with the effects of modern technologies on the local and national economies and the ongoing crisis in energy and mining.This year, a session of the conference has been devoted to "Earthquakes, Technology and the Utah Community." The session will feature information on seismology and the news media.

Erich Bloch, director of the National Science Foundation, will deliver the keynote address and will also be featured at the conference keynote session, "Economic Progress Through Cooperative Research."