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Mark your calendars for UT Energy Week 2018, an annual gathering of energy experts from academia, industry, government, regulatory agencies and nonprofit organizations. The conference will be held Monday, January 29 – Friday, February 2, 2018 in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on the UT Austin campus.

UT Energy Week, now in its fourth year, provides a platform for experts to debate topical energy issues such as commercial-scale energy storage, next-generation nuclear power, the accelerated integration of renewable energy into the electric grid, innovations in the oil and gas industry, and much more.

The conference is hosted by the Energy Institute, the KBH Center for Energy, Law & Business, and two student-run organizations – the Longhorn Energy Club and the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (TJOGEL), along with support from schools and colleges across the UT Austin campus engaged in energy-related research.

Themes for UT Energy Week 2018 include:

  • Energy Technology and Innovation
  • Energy and Transportation
  • Smart System Design
  • Energy Geopolitics and Supply Chains

The event is free for students, faculty members and staffers at UT Austin and other universities.

In addition to providing a forum for experts to explore topical energy issues, the conference provides an opportunity for faculty members and student researchers to showcase their work, said Thomas F. Edgar, director of the Energy Institute.

“The world of energy is constantly changing, with new technologies and emerging trends and innovations, and we’ve tried to reflect that in the make-up of this conference,” Edgar said.

UT Energy Week features two competitions organized by the Longhorn Energy Club: a poster contest for students conducting energy research to display their work, and a startup competition that awards cash and prizes for winning entrants in several energy-themed areas.

“UT Energy Week is a terrific opportunity for students to interact with professionals representing a broad spectrum of energy interests,” said John Adamo, president of the Longhorn Energy Club. “It’s also a chance for students to become better educated about today’s energy issues.”

On Thursday, Feb. 1 and Friday, Feb. 2, TJOGEL will host its annual symposium of continuing education. In addition to the main UT Energy Week sessions, conference planners also will offer several affiliated events throughout the week, including the student-run Energy Olympiad, which will feature two competitions – the Longhorn Energy Summit and the Youth Energy Summit.

Check back to the UT Energy Week website in the coming weeks for more information, including a final program of speakers, panels and other events.