We are a community invested in broad issues related to energy, the environmental, and sustainability, and a space that values diverse people, disciplines, perspectives, and experiences. Within this space, we engage with future and current thought leaders and societal influencers. Through conversation, critical thinking, and community engagement, we create and share knowledge to shape the future.
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Since 2011 SISE has convened in Chicago at its home: the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Beginning in December of the previous year, applicants worldwide apply and are vetted through a rigorous application process. From that pool, ~40 applicants are selected to attend the in-person program as Fellows. They receive financial support to attend — no program fees, guaranteed lodging, travel assistance — thanks to the support of the Department of Energy (2012-2014) and the continued generosity of the Alvin H. Baum Family Foundation (2015-present). The SISE community counts 500+ alumni worldwide and an interdisciplinary faculty from academia, government, corporations, and activist circles.
Diversity is a continually cited strength of the program. Fellows represent a broad range of racial and ethnic identities, socio-economic backgrounds, academic professions and levels, sexual and gender identities, and institutional and national affiliations. During the program, they live, learn, and research together. Through this shared experience, they become a part of our extended “SISE family.”