Symposium

The goal of the Symposium is to provide women in clean energy with a range of perspectives on clean energy challenges and opportunities. It also provides a forum for networking. It is our hope that the symposium helps to build a sustained national and international community of professionals dedicated to advancing the careers and goals of women in clean energy.

The Fourth Annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium will be held in Cambridge, MA in November, 2015. Attendance will be by invitation only. The theme this year will be Leveraging Megatrends for a Clean Energy Future. The schedule will be very similar to 2014, and will include the following three sessions:

The Energy/Water Nexus

The tight linkages among energy and water are becoming increasingly apparent – and pose increasingly serious challenges. We need water to extract energy and generate power; we need energy to provide and distribute clean water. Both energy and water systems are already stressed and will come under greater pressure in the coming decades. What can we do now to increase the resilience of these interdependent systems and manage our needs sensibly and sustainably? What needs to change so that we can be proactive and break the paradigm of waiting for a crisis to address?

The Transition to a Low-Carbon Future

As negotiators from world governments prepare to meet in Paris to agree on a shared approach to climate change next month [in December], it remains to be seen whether the sum of all national commitments made there will deliver bold action on climate change mitigation and resilience. Beyond national commitments, what more can and should be done to secure a low carbon future? How can climate finance be leveraged for greatest impact? What is the role of public-private partnerships? How can clean energy technologies drive clean energy markets and clean energy jobs? Is a price on carbon the critical piece and how can that be achieved?

Clean Energy Technology Frontiers

Clean energy technologies have great potential to minimize periodic fuel shortages, fluctuating costs, global warming, and airborne pollution. A clean energy future also requires more sustainable means for energy conversion, storage, distribution, and conservation. In nearly all cases, progress in developing and commercializing these alternative technologies is limited by materials. What progress is being made to develop more efficient and cost-effective clean energy technologies using new materials, including those that incorporate nanotechnology? How are researchers in new materials development addressing environmental and sustainability concerns in the sourcing and manufacturing processes? What is the promise for nanotechnology to increase the energy efficiency in a variety of areas from batteries to photovoltaics to water purification processes?