Keynote Speaker Judy Li  

University of Illinois at Chicago 

2018, April 18 5-8 pm (map)

Symposium to advance student research in energy and sustainability.

Come and hear keynote speaker, Judy Li, talk about how to transform the industry! Register here.

We invite you to present your work! For more information to apply click here.


Judy Li is a platform Associate at the Energy Foundry and the creator of the podcast “Money, Mission and Me – stories from Social Entrepreneurs”. She brings her experience in energy efficiency, sustainable urban development, environmental policy, ecosystem sciences, and community organizing to her work building Energy Foundry’s platform of resources and support for portfolio companies.

UIC Energy Initiative and BEEST (Behavior, Energy, Economics, Sustainability and Technology collaborative group) are proud to launch the inaugural 2018 Symposium on Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (SEES) to highlight the global challenges our generation faces for achieving a sustainable future. This symposium intends to be the first of many collaborative efforts that will emerge from the launching of the nascent consortium, CAUSE (Chicago Area Universities for Sustainability & Energy), which will continue to foster this growing network of student researchers.

The Sustainability, Environment and Energy Symposium (SEES) is an excellent opportunity for students to present their research, network, and engage in a dialogue about the need for action and integration of scientific, technological, environmental, social, economic and policy perspectives.

The symposium is free and open to the public. 

A sustainable future depends on US, our work and our actions. It requires the inclusion of a diversity of research, people and perspectives. UIC BEEST wants YOU to join the CAUSE, where students can convene, converse, and flourish.  All perspective will be afforded equal support to present, discuss, and critique.

Be a part of the CAUSE for a better future by joining us at SEES!

Abstract Submission Information

This symposium will develop your research and expand your network by presenting in front of an interdisciplinary academic professional audience as well as peers and subject matter experts. Abstracts are encouraged from diverse disciplines and both graduates and undergraduates.

To present submit your 300 word abstract for review here.

Participation Information

Interested in participating but not ready to present? No problem. To register for the symposium, fill out our form here.


Keynote: 5:00-5:30pm

Session 1: 5:40-6:40pm

Break/Networking: 6:40-7:00pm

Session 2: 7:00-8:00pm

Post-symposium networking session (off-campus) 8:30-10:00pm

The Symposium is organized by the student organizations: CUPPS (College of Urban Planning & Policy PhD Student Organization) and the UIC Energy Initiative through its student collaborative BEEST (Behavior, Energy, Economics, Sustainability and Technology).