2012 University-Federal Dialogue on Energy Research and Education and Congressional Visit Day — May 7-8

Dear CEREL member,

I am writing to invite you to the 7th University-Federal Dialogue on Energy Research and Education and Congressional Visit Day, convened by the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL). The Dialogue will take place May 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Dialogue will provide you with direct access to the leaders of the federal programs that fund energy research, development and education. It will be followed by our CEREL Congressional Visit Day, on May 8.

The Dialogue format is designed to maximize personal exchange. The only presentation will be a keynote address by senior officials in the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation (invited). The rest of the day is structured to enable individual and small group conversations with federal leaders of programs that fund energy research and education. This flexible format will allow you to customize your experience and talk with leaders of the programs of most interest.

Prior to our closing reception with invited guests, Capitol Hill veterans will brief us about the Congressional visits and how to make our case most effectively. Please check the meeting website at http://www.ncseonline.org/2012-university-federal-dialogue-0 for program updates.

On May 8, you and your colleagues will participate in team visits to key Congressional members and staff. Given the budget cutting mood on Capitol Hill that is targeting programs of energy research and development critical to our national future, it behooves us to make the case for investment in the foundations of a new energy economy.

The Congressional Visit Day will be coordinated with the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Universities, which manages the Energy Sciences Coalition, in which we participate.

I am sure that you agree that the Dialogue and Congressional Visit Day are critical events to you and your program. Because of the unusual degree of personal access to key agency and congressional decision makers that this format provides, attendance at this meeting is restricted to universities that are paid CEREL members. For more information about the status of your membership, please contact Allison Feldman at afeldman@ncseonline.org or 202-530-5810 X212. Each paid member may send up to 5 faculty members or administrators for the nominal fee of $200 per person. In order to register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/d/9cql1v/4W.

If you have any questions, please be in touch with me directly at 202-207-0004 or David@NCSEonline.org. We look forward to seeing you at the Dialogue.

Sincerely,
David E. Blockstein, Ph.D.
Executive Secretary, Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders