ISES 2011: The Evolving Energy Ecosystem

Our friends at the UBC Sustainability Initiative recently let us know about ISES 2011, an event that is bound to interest many of our readers.

The International Student Energy Summit is a global, multi-disciplinary forum for students to discuss their role in the transition to a sustainable energy future.

ISES 2011: The Evolving Energy Ecosystem will be hosted by the University of British Columbia June 9-11, 2011. The event will inspire delegates to take a holistic view of our global energy system – how a diverse set of stakeholders involved in production, consumption, transportation, investment, government and academic institutions must collaborate to meet the global energy challenge. How are roles and responsibilities within the ecosystem shifting as we turn and face issues such as climate change and energy poverty? Students will also be inspired by real world examples being undertaken by UBC, Vancouver and the local clean tech industry.

This year’s program will feature Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winner as well as a host of CEOs, leading academic intellectuals and government leaders (click here for a full description of the program). ISES 2011 is proudly hosted by the UBC Sustainability Initiative and supported by FortisBCBC Hydro, the British Columbia Institution of Technology and the Province of BC.

Here are three steps to becoming part of the ISES movement and securing your spot to attend ISES 2011:

1. WATCH the ISES 2011 Video –  “What could you do in three days?” on the newly unveiled ISES 2011 website

2. ENGAGE with the movement online. Like the ISES Facebook Page, follow the ISES Twitter Feed and join the ISES Mailing List to receive updates on the event (such as new speakers being announced or details on how to apply for the FortisBC Community Energy Challenge for a chance to win a $4000 cash prize!)

3. REGISTER for ISES 2011 at before the Early Bird deadline which is March 31! The delegate fee is $375 which includes 3 nights accommodation at UBC, lunch and dinner, full access to all plenary panels, breakout sessions and keynote addresses, two gala dinners and two evening social events. A limited number of bursaries are available for students with demonstrated financial need – apply here.

If you have any questions ISES 2011, please do not hesitate to email Ivy Wan, ISES 2011 Delegate Recruitment Director at Get ready to fuel the future of energy!

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