Welcome to the sixth UT Energy Week, co-hosted by two student-run organizations, the Longhorn Energy Club and the Texas Journal for Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (TJOGEL), as well as The University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute, the McCombs Energy Initiative, and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business. The conference is supported by schools and colleges engaged in energy research across the UT Austin campus, including the Cockrell School of Engineering, McCombs School of Business, LBJ School for Public Policy, Jackson School of Geosciences, and more. The Longhorn Energy Club will host the first two days of programming on February 18 and 19, and TJOGEL hosts the Symposium on February 20 and 21.

UT Energy Week is designed to showcase the interdisciplinary collaboration and sharing of expertise we believe is essential in identifying and solving complex energy problems facing our world. Our goal for the conference is three-fold: to create a platform for experts representing varying points of view to provide their insights on vital energy issues and emerging trends; to highlight the work of UT Austin students involved in energy research; and to demonstrate the depth and breadth of knowledge among scientists and other researchers at UT Austin, the energy university.

The Longhorn Energy Club’s portion of the 2020 Energy Week program is inspired by Texas’s unique energy legacy and the concept of “2020 vision.” Next year in 2020, governments and corporations will face intense pressure to declare and invest in ambitious energy visions that will shape global dynamics and daily life for decades to come. Yet, uncertainties about international relations, supply chains, technological developments, and social and financial consequences are blurring any chance that perfect 20/20 vision can inform today’s energy decisions. UT Energy Week panelists will explore this tension between uncertainty and urgency for action as they discuss topics including critical minerals, advanced fuels, energy policy in developing nations, the role of the United States and the corporation in international agreements, and more.

In addition to four full days of dynamic panels and speakers, UT Energy Week includes several activities to encourage connections between students and conference participants:

Student Research Competition: February 18

Thanks to sponsorship from the Cockrell School of Engineering, the student energy research poster competition offers cash prizes for students who present their research on innovative approaches to solving energy challenges. The three categories of submissions include 1) renewable or alternative energy and energy storage technologies, 2) emerging oil & gas technologies and solutions, and 3) economic, policy, and legal analyses. Students of all academic disciplines are encouraged to submit abstracts to be included in the event. We are actively seeking industry experts to help judge the competition.

More info about the research competition can be found here (http://www.longhornenergyclub.com/studentresearch). Please contact the Longhorn Energy Club VPs of Research, Max Brozynski (brozynski@utexas.edu) and Hamidou Drame (hdrame@utexas.edu) with questions or interest in judging.

Networking Reception: February 18

A networking reception will be held concurrently with the student research competition industry. We invite and encourage all panelists and conference guests to attend and meet UT’s brightest energy students!

Women in Energy Breakfast: February 19

UT Energy Week 2020 will introduce the inaugural Women in Energy breakfast on the morning of February 19. This breakfast is associated with UT Energy Week but does not require conference registration. Please contact jenny.sauer@utexas.edu if you are interested in receiving the link to register.

Sponsor Celebration

At the conclusion of events on February 19, the Longhorn Energy Club and Energy Week volunteers will host a celebration for UT Energy Week and Longhorn Energy Club sponsors. More information about sponsorship levels and benefits can be found here (http://www.longhornenergyclub.com/sponsorship). Please contact the Longhorn Energy Club’s VPs of Corporate Relations, Laurel Morris (laurelmorr1s@utexas.edu) and Reena Fram (rbfram@gmail.com) to discuss the benefits of sponsoring our student group at UT Energy Week 2020.