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Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions

ORAU’s Annual Meeting addresses key issues facing higher education

Annual Meeting logoORAU's Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions is held to explore relevant topics in higher education. The meeting not only provides presentations by nationally recognized experts, but also gives our university consortium members the opportunity to partake in valuable discussions with council representatives and ORAU staff in conjunction with the meeting's yearly theme.

ORAU’s 76th Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions will be held March 8-10, 2021 and is focused on “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.” The meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss key technology, economic and policy challenges and opportunities. Experts and leaders from academia, federal agencies, and national organizations will share their views on AI and machine learning, as well as transitioning innovative research to practice.

Meeting information

Past meeting archive

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    Keynote Address

    Panel Session 1: Critical Infrastructure Systems and Resiliency
    Watch the Panel Session 1 recording

    Panel Speakers

    Panel Session 2: Transitioning Innovative Research to Practice
    Watch the Panel Session 2 recording

    Panel Speakers

    Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    Keynote Address

    Panel Session 3: Social and Economic Impact
    Watch the Panel Session 3 recording

    Panel Speakers

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2019 - Pollard Technology Conference Center

    Keynote Address

    • Clean Energy: Technology, Policy and Finance, Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University

    Panel Session 1:  CO Capture

    Panel Speakers

    • An Overview of DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy Carbon Capture Program, Lynn Brickett, Manager, Carbon Capture and Carbon Use and Reuse R&D Technology, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Air Capture and the Need for Negative Emissions, Klaus Lackner, Director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Arizona State University
    • Deployment of Subsurface Carbon Sequestration with and without EOR: Challenges and Lessons Learned, Brian McPherson, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah; and Science Director, DOE Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration

    Panel Session 2:  Environmental Impacts

    Panel Speakers

    • Understanding the Health, Environmental, and Climate Change Consequences of Different Energy Technology Strategies in the United States, Inês M.L. Azevedo, Professor, Engineering and Public Policy; and Co-Director, Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Research Priorities for Understanding Potential Population-Level Exposures to Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development, George M. Hornberger, Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute for Energy and Environment, Vanderbilt University
    • Chemical Looping Combustion, Gasification and Reforming Technology and CO 2 Capture , Liang-Shih Fan, Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University

    Wednesday, March 7, 2019

    Keynote Address

    • Using Coal as a Precursor for Value-Added Products, Edgar Lara-Curzio, Distinguished Scientist and Leader, Mechanical Properties and Mechanics Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Panel Session 3: Future of Fossil Fuels

    Panel Speakers

    • Getting to Near-Zero Emissions Coal Generation, Angelos Kokkinos, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary Clean Coal and Carbon Management, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
    • U.S. National Fossil Fuel-CO 2 Emissions Determined from Measurements of Carbon Dioxide and Its Radiocarbon Content, John B. Miller, Chief, Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases Group, Earth System Research Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • The Future Directions of Food-Energy-Water Nexus Research, Brandi Schottel, Associate Program Director, Environmental Engineering and Sustainability Cluster, National Science Foundation
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - Pollard Technology Conference Center

    Keynote Address

    Pandemics, Bioterrorism, and Global Health Security: From Anthrax to Zika and Beyond, Col. (Ret.) David R. Franz, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command; Former Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases; Chair, ‘Bio’ Sub-Panel, National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control

    Panel Session 1: Bioinformatics

    Panel Speakers
    • A Framework for Real-Time Zika Assessment in the U.S., Lauren Ancel Meyers, Professor of Integrative Biology and Statistics and Data Science, University of Texas at Austin; and Lauren Castro, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Austin
    • Food Safety Bioinformatics, Hendrik den Bakker, Assistant Professor, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia

    Panel Session 2: Cyber Biosecurity

    Panel Speakers
    • The Digitization of Biology: Defining A New Risk Landscape, Diane DiEuliis, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University
    • Synthetic Biology: Safety, Security, and Promise, Gigi Kwik Gronvall, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Senior Scholar, Center for Health Security, Johns Hopkins University; and Member, Synthetic Biology Study Committee, National Academy of Sciences

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Panel Session 3: Technological Innovations

    Panel Speakers
    • Biodefense Readiness - Today's Challenges, Rachel Levinson, Executive Director, National Research Initiatives, Arizona State University
    • Medical Diagnostic S&T Investments to Strengthen Medical Biodefense Capabilities, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard Schoske, Chief, Diagnostic Detection and Threat Surveillance Division, Chemical and Biological Technologies Department, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
    • Critical Science Gaps in the Cleanup of a Wide-Area Release of Biological Agents, Gregory Sayles, Director, National Homeland Security Research Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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    2020 ORAU Annual Meeting recap

    ORAU's 75th Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions was focused on Smart Citites and Communities. Day 1 discussions centered on building better communities through effective use of technology.

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    2020 ORAU Annual Meeting recap

    ORAU's 75th Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions was focused on Smart Citites and Communities. Day 2 discussions centered on how transportation fits into Smart Cities.

Contact us

To learn more about the ORAU Annual Meeting, contact the University Partnerships office:

Richard ValentineP.O. Box 117, MS 29
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
Phone: 865.576.1898