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Seventh Annual ND Energy Research Symposium: Driving Change through Strategic Communications and Translational Research in Sustainable Energy

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Location
    Notre Dame Conference Center, 215/216 McKenna Hall
  • Description
    Please join ND Energy for the Seventh Annual ND Energy Research Symposium, a daylong event that brings together faculty, research associates, students, sustainability professionals, and energy-interested individuals from diverse disciplines and multiple areas to share their expertise and participate in discussions on some of the most critical energy challenges facing the world today. This year, we are delighted to welcome leaders from other regional energy centers and institutes, as well as our own communications experts at Notre Dame for a special session on driving change through strategic communications and translating research in sustainable energy. 
    This event is free and open to the Notre Dame community and invited guests.
    Registration/Call for Posters
    Registration is not required, yet appreciated at the link below to help us plan for the right amount of food and refreshments. All Notre Dame students, postdocs, and faculty are invited to present their energy-related research projects during the morning poster session. If you would like to present a poster, please express your interest when registering for the symposium and submit your abstract no later than noon on April 19 using the abstract template here.  
    Symposium Schedule8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    8:30 a.m. 
    Registration and Welcome Breakfast

    9:00-11:45 a.m.   

    Poster Session and Networking (light refreshments) (Abstract Book coming soon)

    12:00 p.m.

    Luncheon and Overview of ND Energy, Ginger E. Sigmon, Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy), University of Notre Dame

    1:00 p.m.
    Overviews of Regional Energy Centers and Institutes


    Liping Guo, Professor and Faculty Associate, Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability and Energy, Northern Illinois University

    Jeff Henderson, Associate Director of Marketing, Communications, and Education, Paula M. Trienens Institute for Sustainability and Energy, Northwestern University

    Ken Anderson, Professor of Geology and Faculty Associate, School of Earth Systems and Sustainability, Southern Illinois University

    Kira Edwards, Program Manager, Institute for Energy Solutions, University of Michigan

    2:00 p.m.
    Strategic Communication


    Beth Grisoli, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Communications, Office of Public Affairs and Communications, University of Notre Dame

    Jill Pentimonti, Executive Director of Research Advancement, Office of Federal and Washington Relations, University of Notre Dame

    Susan Ryan, Executive Director, Media Relations, Notre Dame News, University of Notre Dame

    2:45 p.m.
    Snack Break

    3:00 p.m.

    Keynote Panel* on Driving Change through Strategic Communications and Translating Research in Sustainable EnergyModerator: Peter C. Burns, Director of Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy), University of Notre DamePanelists: Participants from Regional Energy Centers and Institutes

    4:30 p.m.
    Closing Remarks and Poster Awards Announcement

    *All attendees will participate in the panel discussion and explore specific topics, including those cited below, while sharing their personal insights and recommendations for future actions and improvements. We look forward to your participation in this interactive exchange of best practices and lessons learned. 

    Collaborative Communications: How can centers/institutes communicate with each other in a more collaborative way to demonstrate major advancements in energy research and education to industries, government, and the general community?

    Community Knowledge and Understanding: What can centers/institutes do collaboratively to increase the knowledge and understanding of tax payers on the global energy challenges and what is being done to address the issues?

    Methods of Gaining Attention: What methodologies can centers/institutes employ to gain more attention from local, national, and global news media on advancements in research and other sustainable energy practices?

    Government Support and Resources: What resources do centers/institutes have in Washington D.C., local communities, city governments, and state capitols to better communicate with the general public, internal and external constituents, and elected officials?

    Influencing Change: How can centers/institutes influence changes in policies and regulations, research and development, STEM education, and workforce development through local, state, national, and global communications?

    Questions/More Information? 
    Please direct any questions or requests for more information to Ginger Sigmon,, and Barbara Villarosa,
    We look forward to seeing you at the symposium as your schedule allows!
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