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


National Renewable Energy Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. -- Feb. 6

January 31, 2013
This year’s Forum, “Moving From Politics to Policy: Advancing the Business of Renewable Energy,” takes place following months of heated debate during the recent elections and a lame-duck session of Congress that  focused on avoiding a fiscal melt-down.

ACEEE Webinar: 2012 Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference – Jan. 24 at 4:00 p.m. ET

January 14, 2013

Due to the overwhelming response to our webinar last week on highlights  from the 2012 Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) Conference, ACEEE  invites you to participate in a SECOND viewing of this webinar on Thursday,  January 24th, at 4:00 PM Eastern.

Director of Solar Institute, George Washington University

Start and End Date: 
January 10, 2013 - April 11, 2013
Application Deadline: 
February 10, 2013
We are seeking applicants with expertise and experience in solar energy policy and/or economics for the research faculty position of Director of the GW Solar Institute.

SESYNC Request for Proposals: Learning to Integrate Across Natural and Social Sciences

January 10, 2013

Solutions to difficult problems at the interface of the environment and human society require the synthesis of diverse types of information from natural and social sciences. Today’s undergraduate and graduate students must develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities that allow them to undertake such synthesis efforts and successfully engage in interdisciplinary efforts to solve socio-environmental problems.

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 [email protected]

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.

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