Seminar Series

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Successful interdisciplinary research requires striking a balance between the benefits of academic discipline and the reality that big problems in decarbonization stretch across many disciplines. Our approach is to help scholars at UC San Diego learn and understand how other disciplines work — so that, over time, truly interdisciplinary work becomes possible.

A faculty seminar series is crucial to that process. It helps reveal how the sum of energy-related research on campus can be much larger than the individual parts. It aims to be a catalyst for new cross-campus, inter-disciplinary projects focused on the major challenges of deep decarbonization of the world’s energy system.

Open to faculty, research scholars, and advanced research-oriented students in the UC San Diego community. To RSVP for sessions, or be placed on a future seminar mailing list, email

All seminars are Wednesdays, 2:30-4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

2017 - 2018 Research Seminar Series

Oct. 25, 2017: Steven Davis, UC Irvine
“Providing energy services without net addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere”
School of Global Policy and Strategy Conference Room #3106

Nov. 29, 2017: Parth Vaishnav, Carnegie Mellon University
School of Global Policy and Strategy Conference Room #3106

Jan. 31, 2018: Stephen Brick, Senior Advisor, Technology and Policy, Clean Air Task Force
"Charting Pathways to Deep Decarbonization: Challenges for Analysts, Policymakers, Advocates and the Public"
School of Global Policy and Strategy Conference Room #3106

Feb. 21, 2018: Valerie Karplus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

March 28, 2018: Ryan Hanna, UC San Diego

April 25, 2018: Vaclav Smil, University of Manitoba

May 30, 2018: David Fenning, UC San Diego

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