Council of Energy Research & Education Leaders

Upcoming Events
 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


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: or 202-207-0004.


Career Opportunities

Assistant/Associate Professor - Sustainability/Power/Energy RA #1375
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Enginering and Computing Sciences. Assistant/Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering (one position). NYIT seeks anAssistant/Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, (one position, full-time tenure track; Old Westbury campus). Research areas of interest include Water Engineering, Energy, Power/Smart Grid. 
Candidates must have a Ph.D degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or related area, excellent communication skills, and a solid publication record. Committment to teaching and research at the undergraduate and graduate levels is required. Candidates must demonstrate an innovative research record and/or industrial experience, and potential for securing sponsored research, contracts, and external grants. For consideration, please email your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and research and teaching statements to Successful candidates will share our vision to grow the School of Engineering and Computing Sciencesinto a leader in applied research and premier source of student talent in the New Yok Metropolitan Area and globally. Please reference job code RA #1375 in your subject line. NYIT is an AA/EEO institution.

Associate for Energy and Environmental Law and Policy

(LAW 13-0082)

West Virginia University Research Corporation

Morgantown, WV

The West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) seeks to hire an Associate for Energy and Environmental Law and Policy for a one year appointment with the WVU College of Law. The Incumbent will provide legal support for policy and legal research and writing, as well as assisting with organizing projects such as conferences and workshops, at the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.

J.D from ABA-accredited law school; 2-4 years of experience in energy and environmental law or policy (or combination of education and experience). Member in good standing of any U.S. State Bar required.

Competitive salary and benefits package offered. For more information and in order to receive consideration for this position, applicants must apply at AA/EEO/E-verify compliant employer 



Opportunity to provide feedback on the Next Generation Science Standards

January 10, 2013

The second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards was released yesterday, January 8. The new standards are rich in content and practice and are arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally bench-marked science education. See

7th Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball

January 10, 2013

Building on the success of 6 previous Inaugural Balls, a wide range of environmental and clean energy organizations announced plans today to once again hold the Clean Energy and Environmental Inaugural Ball.

Energy Department Launches Web Tool to Explore Pathways to Clean Energy Economy

January 9, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a new interactive online tool to help researchers, educators, and students explore future U.S. energy-use scenarios.

Professorship in Energy Research and Director of the Energy Center at EPFL

Start and End Date: 
January 3, 2013 - April 15, 2013
Application Deadline: 
February 15, 2013

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL, is a world-class European Research University and a growing, dynamic, public institution of higher education with a focus on engineering, computer science & communications, basic and life sciences.

Contact Info: 
Professor Philippe Gillet EPFL Provost & Chairman of the Search Committee

Redfield Postdoctoral Fellow in Renewable Energy, DRI

Start and End Date: 
January 3, 2013 - March 25, 2013
Application Deadline: 
January 25, 2013

The Desert Research Institute is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Renewable Energy supported by the Nell J. Redfield Foundation. The Redfield Foundation Fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with outstanding research and leadership potential in a broad range of topical areas related to renewable energy.

IOM Workshop on the Nexus of Biofuels Energy, Climate Change, and Health – Jan. 24-25, 2013

January 3, 2013

The "Nexus of Biofuels Energy, Climate Change, and Health" is part of a series of workshops focused on current and emerging environmental issues and their impacts on human health. These workshops are sponsored by the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine.

AAAS Presents The Cutting Edge: Energy Lecture Series

January 3, 2013

The Cutting Edge is a lecture series where AAAS members make brief, easy to understand presentations about the latest advancements in their field. The newest installment, Cutting Edge: Energy, draws on the expertise of Paul Alivisatos, Henry Shiu, Belinda Batten, and Kim Magrini, as they share their insights on the newest developments in solar energy, wind energy, wave energy, and biofuels.

Inaugural E-News from the NRC/NAS Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources

January 3, 2013
Dear Colleague:
As you may know, the National Research Council (NRC) is the operational arm of the not-for-profit, nongovernmental, independent National Academy of Sciences.

Obama Administration Sets Goal of One Million More STEM Graduates

January 3, 2013

The nation needs one million addition graduates with an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), according to a new goal set by the Obama Administration. The additional graduates will be produced over the next decade. The need for additional STEM-skilled workers was first proposed earlier this year by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

NCSE Research and Education Recommendations

December 18, 2008


The Obama Administration faces a daunting array of challenges. Underlying many of these
challenges is the continually deteriorating condition of the environment and natural resources that
sustain life on Earth. The challenges of ensuring a sustainable and secure future will not be met
in a single Administration.
David Blockstein and Cassandra Brunette
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