Catalyzing Conversations

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In Spring 2023, RENEW launched a new sponsored speaker series: “Catalyzing Conversations.”  As suggested by the series name, RENEW’s aim is to bring to UB speakers whose research foci can catalyze cross-disciplinary research collaborations related to energy, environment, and water, and their socio-economic impacts. RENEW affiliated faculty across the university may nominate and host speakers, scheduling talks during regularly scheduled seminar series or at a different time if preferred by the hosting department or school. Convened across the UB campuses, “Catalyzing Conversations” are open to all.


October 2, 2023 - Benjamin Sovacool

Benjamin K. Sovacool is the Director of the Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability (IGS) and a Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment. 

October 16, 2023 - Janet Hering

Janet Hering is the retired Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag) and Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich and Lausanne.


Past Events

September 13, 2023 - Caj Matheson

Caj Matheson is a Councilman for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the Director of the Tribe’s Department of Natural Resources. In these positions, his primary role is to represent the Tribe in policy matters with leaders from federal, state, and other tribal governments.  

May 3, 2023 - David Lodge

Dr. Lodge, the Francis J. DiSalvo director of the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, is an internationally recognized conservation biologist, a past president of the Ecological Society of America, and the founder and former director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative.