The National Institute for Energy Ethics and Society (NIEES) was an exciting one week seminar for 15-20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in energy research to examine ethical and societal issues associated with US energy choices. Seminar participants attended lectures and discussions, worked on individual and group projects, and developed plans for activities at their home institutions. They visited energy research facilities to talk with researchers and managers about the directions and ethical aspects of their work. A description of the Institute's curriculum is available.
Seminar faculty were well-known energy scientists, engineers, and policymakers at academic and other institutions, as well as social scientists and ethicists who have studied and published about alternative energy futures and the social and historical influences that shape trajectories of energy use and development.
The seminar took place April 8-12, 2013 at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Travel expenses to and from the seminar and a stipend covered expenses for 15 participants.
The NIEES was organized by the National Academy of Engineering and Arizona State University, and was supported by the National Science Foundation (Grants 1032966 and 1033082).