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Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions

ORAU’s Annual Meeting addresses key issues facing higher education

Annual Meeting logoORAU's Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions is held to explore relevant topics in higher education. The meeting not only provides presentations by nationally recognized experts, but also gives our university consortium members the opportunity to partake in valuable discussions with council representatives and ORAU staff in conjunction with the meeting's yearly theme.

ORAU’s 75th Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions will be held March 9-11, 2020 and is focused on “Smart Cities and Communities.” The meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss key technology, economic and policy challenges and opportunities. Experts and leaders from academia, federal agencies, and national organizations will share their views on critical infrastructure systems and resiliency, as well as transitioning innovative research to practice.

*Location change for 2020* Please join us at the Hilton Knoxville Airport for the 2020 meeting, which will begin on Tuesday, March 10, at 8:30 a.m. and conclude on Wednesday, March 11, at 12 p.m. On Monday, March 9, a special session on the value of membership will be held for our university attendees.

Meeting information

Past meeting archive

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2019 - Pollard Technology Conference Center

    Keynote Address

    • Clean Energy: Technology, Policy and Finance, Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University

    Panel Session 1: COCapture

    Purpose: R&D activities to reduce the cost of carbon capture, storage and utilization
    Moderator: Wanda Gamble, Vice President, Business Development, ORAU

    Panel Speakers

    • An Overview of DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy Carbon Capture Program, Lynn Brickett, Manager, Carbon Capture and Carbon Use and Reuse R&D Technology, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Air Capture and the Need for Negative Emissions, Klaus Lackner, Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Arizona State University
    • Deployment of Subsurface Carbon Sequestration with and without EOR: Challenges and Lessons Learned, Brian McPherson, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah; and Science Director, DOE Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration

    Panel Session 2: Environmental Impacts

    Purpose: Critical issues in meeting the energy and environmental challenges
    Moderator: Donna Cragle, Senior Vice President and Director; Health, Environment & Radiation Management, ORAU

    Panel Speakers

    • Understanding the Health, Environmental, and Climate Change Consequences of Different Energy Technology Strategies in the United States, Inês M.L. Azevedo, Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; and Co-Director, Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Research Priorities for Understanding Potential Population-Level Exposures to Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development, George M. Hornberger, Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute for Energy and Environment, Vanderbilt University
    • Chemical Looping Combustion, Gasification and Reforming Technology and CO2 Capture, Liang-Shih Fan, Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University

    Wedneday, March 7, 2019

    Panel Session 3: Future of Fossil Fuels

    Purpose: Advanced technologies and policy issues
    Moderator: Eric Abelquist, Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer, ORAU

    Panel Speakers

    • Getting to Near-Zero Emissions Coal Generation, Angelos Kokkinos, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
    • U.S. National Fossil Fuel-CO2 Emissions Determined from Measurements of Carbon Dioxide and Its Radiocarbon Content, John B. Miller, Chief, Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases Group, Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • The Future Directions of Food-Energy-Water Nexus Research, Brandi Schottel, Associate Program Director, Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Cluster, National Science Foundation
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - Pollard Technology Conference Center

    Keynote Address

    Pandemics, Bioterrorism, and Global Health Security: From Anthrax to Zika and Beyond, Col. (Ret.) David R. Franz, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command; Former Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases; Chair, ‘Bio’ Sub-Panel, National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control

    Panel Session 1: Bioinformatics

    Purpose: Application of Bioinformatics to Proactively Predict and Analyze Public Health Threats

    Moderator: Alan Janssen, Group Manager; Health, Energy and Environment, ORAU

    Panel Speakers
    • A Framework for Real-Time Zika Assessment in the U.S., Lauren Ancel Meyers, Professor of Integrative Biology and Statistics and Data Science, University of Texas at Austin; and Lauren Castro, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Austin
    • Food Safety Bioinformatics, Hendrik den Bakker, Assistant Professor, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia

    Panel Session 2: Cyber Biosecurity

    Purpose: Explore the Interconnectivity of Bio- and Cybersecurity to Detect and Respond to Emerging Threats

    Moderator: Carol Iddins, Associate Director, Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site, ORAU

    Panel Speakers

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Panel Session 3: Technological Innovations

    Purpose: Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Strengthen Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Countermeasures

    Moderator: Eric Abelquist, Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer, ORAU

    Panel Speakers
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - Pollard Technology Conference Center

    Keynote Address

    Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities: Report of the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education, Nicholas S. Zeppos, Chancellor, Vanderbilt University; and Task Force Co-Chair

    Referenced Report: Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities - Report of the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education

    Panel Session 1: Conduct of Research

    Purpose: The Impact of the Changing Federal Landscape on Research and Innovation
    Facilitator: Eric Abelquist, Executive Vice President, ORAU

    Panel Speakers

    Panel Session 2: Enhancing and Supporting a Diverse Faculty Environment

    Purpose: New Challenges and Strategies to Recruit and Retain Faculty
    Facilitator: David Duncan, Senior Vice President and Program Director, Scientific Assessment & Workforce Development, ORAU

    Panel Speakers

    Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Pollard Technology Conference Center

    Keynote Address

    Optimizing the Nation’s Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century, Larry R. Faulkner, Chair, Committee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements, National Academy of Sciences; and President Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin

    Panel Session 3: Balancing New Policies and Practices

    Purpose: Creating New Models to Strengthen the Future of Higher Education
    Facilitator: Rachel Lokitz, Associate General Counsel, ORAU

    Panel Speakers
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    2019 ORAU Annual Meeting recap

    ORAU's 74th Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions was focused on Ensuring a Robust U.S. Energy Future. Check out the Day 1 recap to learn more about discussions centered on how technology will reduce the global carbon footprint through public policy and financial incentives.

    Day 1 Recap

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    2019 ORAU Annual Meeting recap

    "Rapid climate change is a driving force in the global race to develop carbon capture technology. Other countries are investing heavily in this technology, so it is in America’s best interest to be a leader in this research field," emphasized keynote speaker Dan Reicher, an entrepreneur, investor, policymaker and lawyer focused on clean energy and climate change.

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    2019 ORAU Annual Meeting recap

    The meeting addressed key technology, economic and policy challenges and opportunities. Experts and leaders from academia, federal agencies, and national organizations shared their views on transformative science and policies that enable efficient, affordable, and environmentally sound use of fossil fuels.

Contact us

To learn more about the ORAU Annual Meeting, contact the University Partnerships office:

Richard ValentineP.O. Box 117, MS 29
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
Phone: 865.576.1898