Registration is now open for the third annual UT Energy Week, a gathering of experts from academia, industry, government, and non-profit organizations to explore and debate some of society’s most vital energy issues. The conference will be held February 7 – 10, 2017 on the UT Austin campus.
UT Energy Week 2017 is co-hosted by UT Austin’s 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. Schools and colleges across the UT Austin campus engaged in energy-related research also support the conference.
Most of the events held during UT Energy week will again be held in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, across the street from the Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium at 2110 San Jacinto Boulevard.*
The 2017 conference program features panelists and speakers representing a wide range of perspectives on topical energy issues and developments in the evolving world of energy.
UT Energy Week 2017 will also feature two competitions organized by the Longhorn Energy Club – a poster contest showcasing students’ energy research and a startup competition that will award cash and prizes for winning entrants.
Some of the topics to be examined during this year’s UT Energy Week include:
- Energy security and grid resilience
- Distributed generation and the evolving utility / consumer relationship
- Trends in changing global energy supply and demand
- Pres. Donald Trump’s policy perspective on energy production and climate change
*On Friday, February 10, the KBH Center will hold its Second Annual Symposium, entitled “The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry: Peak Oil or Peak Demand – What’s the Horizon?” The event, which will be held in the Four Seasons Hotel Austin Ballroom, will feature a keynote address by Jack N. Gerard, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute.
In addition to the main UT Energy Week sessions held Tuesday through Friday, there are several affiliated events taking place in association with the conference, including tours of the campus’ renowned power plant system and micro-grid, and research facilities within School of Architecture and the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering.
On Friday, February 3, the Environmental Science Institute will present the next installment of its popular guest lecture series, Hot Science – Cool Talks. Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, an outspoken Christian and wife of a pastor, will examine the intersection of religion, climate science and politics during her talk, “Climate and Faith, Money and Politics: Can We Build a Sustainable Future?”
UT Energy Week is free for students, faculty and staff at the University of Texas at Austin and other universities.
Early Bird Registration ends Jan. 27.
Stay tuned for more information about UT Energy Week 2017 in the weeks to come and check the conference website for updates.