Energy Symposium

UT Energy Symposium

A weekly guest lecture series that is both free and open to the public and available for course credit.

In an effort to provide a multi-disciplinary platform for UT faculty and students to interact on the most pressing energy issues facing our world, the Energy Institute sponsors the UT Energy Symposium (UTES), which will enter its 25th semester in fall 2023. 

The UTES serves as a “convener” for the campus community, uniting students interested in energy issues with faculty and others working on sustainable energy security. Students who register for the symposium receive one credit hour for the 15-week seminar course, which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Ongoing themes for UTES include climate change policy, innovation and diffusion of energy technologies, low-carbon technology options and status, and behavioral aspects of energy consumption.

Each UTES talk will be recorded and posted on this page and on the Energy Institute YouTube channel following the event.

Instructor: Carey King
Unique Number (Spring 2024): 59680 (graduate students) / 59215 (undergraduates)
Day & Time: Tuesday, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Christa Hopkins, who can be reached at 512-475-8447 or, no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.

UT Energy Symposium Talks

Displaying 101 - 125 of 302

February 4, 2020

Collaborative Conservation in the Energy Industry

Joni Carswell, CEO and President of Texan by Nature (TxN)

View talk details

January 28, 2020

Engaging the Public on Renewable Energy and Carbon Dioxide Removal

Dr. Sol Hart, Associate Professor in Communication and Media and the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan

View talk details

November 21, 2019

Will China Save the Planet?

Barbara Finamore, Natural Resources Defense Council; Senior Attorney and Senior Strategic Director for Asia

View talk details

November 14, 2019

Political Permit Allocations and the Feasibility of Federal Climate Policy

Dr. Joel Landry, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Energy Economics at Penn State University

View talk details

November 7, 2019

Making Science Communication More Strategic

Dr. John Besley, Ellis N. Brandt Professor of Public Relations at Michigan State University

View talk details


October 31, 2019

Energy & Emissions Implications of Self-Driving Vehicles

Kara Kockelman, the Dewitt Greer Professor of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

View talk details

October 24, 2019

Technology progress and physical constraints on tight oil production

Frank Male, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

View talk details

October 17, 2019

October 10, 2019

The 10th Birthday of Perovskite Solar Cells - Will They Ever Grow Up?

Tim Siegler, postdoctoral researcher in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin

View talk details

October 3, 2019

Elements of Energy: Considering the Role of Critical Metals

Dr. Saleem Ali, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware

View talk details

September 26, 2019

Fighting Over Eden: Energy, Environment and Religion in Modern America

Asher Price, Journalist, Austin American-Statesman and 2109 Energy Institute Journalism Fellow

View talk details

September 19, 2019

Toyota Sustainable Mobility

Edward Mantey, GVP and Executive Advisor of Corporate Strategy & Planning and R&D at Toyota Motor North America

View talk details

September 12, 2019

A Discussion on the State of Energy Policy and the Role of Energy Markets

Brent Bennett, Policy Analyst, Texas Public Policy Foundation

View talk details

April 18, 2019

Human Right to Energy

Monika Ehrman, Faculty Director, Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Center (ONE C), The University of Oklahoma College of Law

View talk details

April 11, 2019

April 4, 2019

March 14, 2019

Economic models need biophysical principles: Otherwise we can’t explain our energy past or future

Carey King, Assistant Director and Research Scientist, UT Austin Energy Institute

View talk details

March 7, 2019

Hawaii, a Postcard from the Future

Adam Warren, Director, Integrated Applications Center, NREL

View talk details

February 28, 2019

Revisiting business-as-usual: why our worst-case climate scenarios aren’t as bad as we thought and 2˚ is more readily achievable

Justin Ritchie, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia

View talk details

February 21, 2019

Getting to zero: what will it take to decarbonize electricity and will the Green New Deal help?

Jesse Jenkins, Postdoctoral Environmental Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School | Harvard University Center for the Environment