Council of Energy Research & Education Leaders

The Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) is a multidisciplinary membership organization made up of heads of academic energy research and education centers, institutes, and programs. It provides the means for leaders in energy research, education, and communication to collaboratively use knowledge about energy to improve education, decision-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.


Energy is the common link between the living and non-living realms of the universe, and thus it is an integrator across all fields in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, and research.  Virtually every discipline investigates some aspect of energy, including history, anthropology, public policy, international relations, human and ecosystem health, economics, technology, physics, geology, ecology, business management, environmental science, and engineering.  The concept of energy also is applicable at all levels of formal education and lifelong learning, and it includes many topics and tools that motivate successful learning.  Consumers are increasingly confronted with decisions about the cost and availability of different forms of household energy, while diverse groups in civil society organize around political, social, and environmental ramifications of the energy system.

Despite its overarching importance, there is no coherent field of energy studies; the scientific, engineering, economic, and sociological communities share no common energy journals, conferences, or identity.  There is a wealth of information about energy, but it is spread across many books, journals, websites, disciplines, ideologies, and user communities.

CEREL provides the means for leaders in energy research, education, and communication to collaboratively use knowledge about energy to improve education, decision-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.


CEREL includes the full range of institutions, programs, people and perspectives that comprise the energy field.  In the academic arena this includes public and private institutions of every size and academic orientation, including education, research, and communication issues.

Membership is open to leaders of all college and university-based energy centers and programs as well as related research and education units that pay the membership fee. Institutions may have multiple representatives.

Role of NCSE

NCSE serves as the Secretariat for the Council. The group selects its own leadership and determines its own policies and activities. NCSE plays the roles of facilitator and service provider, but not decisionmaker, for the group. NCSE has a similar function with the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), which NCSE helped form in 2001.

Please contact David Blockstein at NCSE with any questions or for additional information:  [email protected] or 202-207-0004.


Upcoming Events
Previous Events
April 13-14, 2015 | Washington, DC
April 15, 2015 | Washington, DC
January 26, 2015 | Washington, DC
 April 15-16, 2013 | Washington, D.C.
 October 16-18, 2012 | University of California- Berkeley
May 7-8 | AAAS, Washington, DC

2011 Annual Program Conference
November 7-9, 2011 | Pittsburgh PA & Morgantown, WV

Career Opportunities


Postdoctoral Fellowships in Genomic Biology, UIUC and EBI

Start and End Date: 
February 28, 2013 - June 1, 2013
Application Deadline: 
April 1, 2013

The Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a number of fellowships for truly exceptional young scholars who have completed their Ph.D. within the last several years, and are looking for a stimulating and supportive interdisciplinary envi­ronment to carry out independent and collaborative research in the field of genomic biology.

Free Online Workshops to Enhance NSF Educational Proposals and Projects – Mar. 12- May 1

February 28, 2013
Dear Colleague:
Are you interested in giving your faculty a competitive edge in writing proposals for educational research and development projects such as those supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) P

DOE Webinar Highlights: Importance of Energy Literacy and Identifies Resources for Energy Education from K-Gray

February 21, 2013

What does it mean to be energy literate, and why is it important?  The Department of Energy held a recent webinar that describes why a basic understanding of energy, energy sources, generation, use, and conservation strategies is essential to better energy decision-making.

2013 Summer School on Energy Efficiency at UC-Boulder

Start and End Date: 
February 14, 2013 - April 14, 2013

Energy efficiency is an essential component of a sustainable future.

The Green Program: Renewable Energy and Sustainability Abroad

Start and End Date: 
February 14, 2013 - April 14, 2013

The GREEN Program will enhance your understanding and perspective of the Renewable Energy industry by taking you outside of the classroom, and into the field. Providing you exclusive access into five different Renewable Energy facilities in Costa Rica, you will receive the hands-on knowledge you need to accelerate your career.

Free WEI Webinar: Federal Budget Uncertainty and University Energy Research – Feb. 19 at 4:00 p.m. EST

February 14, 2013

Recent Congressional budget battles have created uncertainty over federal funding for energy research and development, and university researchers are wondering how it may affect their programs.

Resident Faculty Search, Santa Fe Institute

Start and End Date: 
February 7, 2013 - May 15, 2013
Application Deadline: 
March 15, 2013
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) seeks nominations and applications for resident faculty positions at all academic levels. Full­-time appointments are of highest priority.

2nd Round of Consultation on the SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework

February 7, 2013
In September 2011, the United Nations Secretary General launched the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, a multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector and civil society.

DOE Secretary Chu to Step Down, After Creating a Large Suite of Clean Energy Policies

February 7, 2013
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