Energy Speaker Series: Each semester the Energy Initiative brings nationally and internationally known energy experts to Duke to discuss current and relevant issues facing our country and the world. These speakers offer members of the university community the opportunity to engage in topics across the energy spectrum.
Conferences: The Energy Initiative organizes or cosponsors several conferences during the academic year. Decisionmakers and leading experts from the business, policy and academic community meet for a day or more of in-depth discussions of specific energy issues.
Energy Mix: Meet businesspeople, faculty, entrepreneurs, students and other members of the local energy community who are interested in the future of energy at our monthly mixers. Check our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as our events calendar for dates and locations.
Power Lunches: Energy professionals, entrepreneurs and other guests join Duke students and faculty for small-group discussions of issues relating to their work. These events may require advance sign-up for the limited number of available seats.
Energy Research Seminars: This new series will allow groups of faculty, researchers and students from Duke and other universities to learn about and receive feedback on new scholarly energy research.
Latest update 2013-11-25. All events on the Duke campus unless otherwise noted.
Please note we will not host an Energy Mix in December.
Friday, Dec. 6: The Geopolitics of Energy: Venezuela
Where is the Venezuelan energy sector headed, and what does this mean for hemispheric energy trade relations? Francisco Monaldi, visiting professor of public policy at Harvard University, and Evan Ellis, associate professor at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University, will discuss in a talk moderated by Patrick Duddy, former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela and visiting senior lecturer at the Duke University Center for International Studies.
Part of the Center for Canadian Studies' initiative on "The Geopolitics of Energy in the Western Hemisphere," made possible through a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Duke University Office of the Provost, co-sponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative, the Duke University Center for International Studies, the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, the Fuqua School of Business, and the Sanford Energy and Environment Club.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Registration required; click here to register.
Seating is limited to the first 40 registrants. Lunch will be provided. The public is welcome but no parking will be provided beyond Duke's usual daytime visitor lots.
Thursday, Nov. 21: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month we offered an open mic for the first 15 registrants at the door; participants were welcome to speak for 60 seconds on any energy-related event, group, research project or other topic.
Wednesday, Oct. 30: Duke University Energy Conference
The Duke University Energy Conference is an annual student-led event aimed at bringing together thought leaders in industry, government and academia to fuel independent analysis on energy markets, trends, policies and technologies. Visit the conference website for details on speakers and agenda.
Wednesday, Oct. 30: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month we welcomed guests from the Duke University Energy Conference.
Wednesday, Oct. 9: Power Lunch: The Outlook for Energy: View to 2040
Co-sponsored by Drilling, Environment and Economics Network
Each year ExxonMobil produces the Outlook for Energy, which analyzes the trends that will shape global energy supply and demand over the coming decades. Don Bagley (Trinity ’87), vice president, Geoscience, ExxonMobil Development Company, shared thoughts about the energy outlook and his career highlights and challenges.
Download Mr. Bagley's presentation here.
This event was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1, and has been postponed. Please revisit this page for updates on rescheduling.
Energy Speaker Series with Daniel Poneman: Energy Security in the Era of Climate Change
Co-sponsored by the Energy Initiative, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies
Climate change poses a growing threat to American energy security, adding an increasingly urgent layer to an already complex geopolitical issue. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman (right) will outline the challenges and set out the vision -– and necessary actions -– for a future where Americans will drive the innovations and investments that will promote jobs and prosperity while addressing our technological, environmental and security needs.
Thursday, Sept. 26: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month we featured networking and team-building opportunities for those interested in the Duke Start-Up Challenge Clean Energy Track.
Thursday, Sept. 26: Duke Start-up Challenge Clean Energy Track Kick-off
Duke undergraduate, graduate or professional students, postdoc or medical resident; alumni, faculty or staff can contribute an idea, organize a team, or be a team member or mentor in Duke’s Start-up Challenge Clean Energy Track. We provided an overview of the rules and deadlines in the challenge's Clean Energy Track and the $100,000 ACC Clean Energy Challenge, and a chance to meet past DSC/ACC competitors.
Friday, Sept. 20: Power Lunch: The (New?) Politics of Energy in Mexico
Dr. Ernesto Marcos, senior partner of Marcos y Asociados; Dr. Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and Dr. Juan Pardinas, director general of the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad, discussed the geopolitics of energy in the Western Hemisphere. This event was funded by a Mellon Foundation grant and co-sponsored by the Center for Canadian Studies, the Energy Initiative, the Center for International Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Fuqua School of Business, and the Sanford Energy and Environment Club.
Wednesday, Sept. 18: Power Lunch: The Risk Policy Aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Dr. Atsuo Kishimoto, with the Japanese Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, discussed the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, the Fukushima accident, and the ensuing changes in Japan’s policies governing natural disasters and nuclear power. This event was co-sponsored by the Energy Initiative, Rethinking Regulation at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Environmental Institutions Seminar Series, the Student Environmental Law Society, and the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum.
Download Dr. Kishimoto's presentation here.
Thursday, Aug. 29: Energy Mix
Co-hosted by the Energy Initiative and the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
The Energy Initiative welcomed students and faculty back to campus and to our newly renovated offices in Gross Hall at our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community.
Thursday-Friday, Aug. 29-30: Energy Industry Fundamentals
The intensive course, held annually, is designed to provide a broad introduction to the major themes and issues of the global energy industry. It brings academics and practitioners from across the energy industry to discuss topics including oil and gas, renewable energy, project finance, international development, and the electricity grid. The course is open to Duke students only.
Highlights of Energy Initiative events in past semesters