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


Request for Expert Science Reviews on Climate and Energy Educational Resources

November 29, 2012
Dear colleague,
Climate or Energy Scientist?  Please provide your expertise by reviewing short educational resources like videos, visualizations, lesson plans (review time about 15-40 min) for scientific accuracy.  The need for climate change educational materials that are scientifically and pedagogically rigorous is greater than ever before.  We are seeking science reviewer

Inter-organizational Sequester Letter – deadline to sign is Dec. 3

November 29, 2012

Below is a revised version of the draft inter-organizational sequester letter that was raised yesterday at the various coalition meetings.  We are asking for organizational names to sign on rather than CEO signatures, and we welcome professional societies, higher-education associations, and individual universities to sign on to the letter. The deadline for signing is December 3, 2012. Please share with your coalition lists.

Integrated Science Faculty, Virginia Tech

Start and End Date: 
November 15, 2012 - February 1, 2013
Application Deadline: 
December 1, 2012

As part of Virginia Tech's expanding presence in emerging interdisciplinary programs and degrees in nanoscience, neuroscience, and computational science, the College of Science seeks to fill tenure-track or tenured faculty positions to begin Fall 2013 at our Blacksburg, VA campus.

3 Internship Opportunities with the DOE Office of Science

Start and End Date: 
November 15, 2012 - March 10, 2013
Application Deadline: 
January 10, 2013

The Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is now accepting applications for Summer 2013 research internships and fellowships hosted at the DOE Labs. These programs should be of particular interest to laboratory PIs, their university contacts, and collaborators.

The three programs providing internships or fellowships are:

School of Science Lecturer I/II, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Start and End Date: 
November 15, 2012 - February 28, 2013
Application Deadline: 
December 31, 2012

The School of Science has opening(s) of Lecturer I/II in the Environmental Science Programs [ENVS].

The Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility

November 8, 2012

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."

2012 marks a Graduation Pledge Alliance milestone. To celebrate, we are:

Jefferson Science Fellowship

Start and End Date: 
November 1, 2012 - March 14, 2013
Application Deadline: 
January 14, 2013

The National Academies is pleased to announce a call for nominations and applications for the 2013 Jefferson Science Fellows program. Initiated by the Secretary of State in 2003, this fellowship program engages the American academic science, technology, engineering and medical communities in the design and implementation of U.S.

The Ohio State University Team Uses Campus as Test Bed to Seek Ecological Synergies

October 25, 2012

Ohio State is investing in a scientific study to improve the efficiency and sustainability of campus operations by working in harmony with the surrounding ecosystems.

Professional Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering at UCLA

October 11, 2012

UCLA's innovative professional doctorate program in Environmental Science and Engineering Program (ESE) provides practical education for tomorrow's environmental problem solvers.

Recruitment of Global Talents, Nanjing University

Start and End Date: 
October 11, 2012 - December 11, 2012

A key comprehensive university dating from 1902 in China under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education, NJU was among the first group of universities in the "Project 211" and "Project 985". NJU boasts a highly qualified and experienced team of faculty.

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