Symposium 2011


The BERC Energy Symposium is the premier energy event at UC Berkeley and the largest student-run energy conference on the West Coast. Key players from the research, business development, policy and economics communities converge on Berkeley’s campus to explore innovative ideas and provide a platform for vibrant discussion among hundreds of attendees.

The 2011 BERC Energy Symposium will commence on the evening of Thursday, October 20th with the BERC Innovation Expo, a showcase of cutting-edge energy research, environmental design and entrepreneurship. The conference will take place on Friday, October 21st featuring nine engaging and in-depth panel discussions, three keynote addresses, and a post-conference reception. This year’s event will build on the expertise of energy leaders from a wide range of fields to debate the most crucial issues and strategies for addressing our shared global energy challenges.


    1. Toward Terrawatt Solar: Growing the Pie Together
    2. Impact of Renewable Energy in the Developing World
    3. Bridging the Valley of Death: Financing and Partnership Options for Energy Start-Ups
    4. Behavior Change: Drivers of the New Energy Market
    5. Electric Vehicles – No Longer an Idea of the Future?
    6. The Globalization of Renewable Energy: Can International Cooperation Power a Green World?
    7. Resource Limitations: Ensuring Sustainability of Clean Energy Technologies
    8. The Role of Nuclear Power in a Green Energy Landscape
    9. Plenary Panel: The Role of the University in Addressing Today’s Energy Challenges


  • Arun Majumdar – ARPA – E
  • Jigar Shah – Carbon War Room
  • Ann Marie Sastry – Sakti3


Special Participation

  • Dan Kammen – World Bank