Symposium Session Topics

  • Government’s Role in Driving Innovation

  • Driving Innovation Through Funding

  • Powering Women in Energy — Our Journey

  • Collaboratory 2.0:  Colorado Scale-up Hub

  • Innovations & Trends in Oil & Gas

  • Innovations & Renewable Energy

  • Food/Energy/Water Innovative Systems Thinking

  • Decarbonization Solutions

  • Global Trends, Innovations & Emerging Markets in Energy

  • The Innovative Future of Smart Cities

  • Innovations in Produced Water in the Western U.S.

  • Digitization of Energy

  • Utilities Driving Innovation

21st Century Energy Transition Symposium 2019

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Theme —- “Driving Innovations”   

Date:  April 1-2, 2019

Location:  Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver, Colorado (address:  1750 Welton Street)

Who should attend:  Energy industry (all sources of energy), environmental, renewables, researchers, scientists, venture capitalists and philanthropic organizations, energy-related organizations, law firms, entrepreneurs, small/medium/large companies in energy and environmental sectors, federal agencies, government, municipalities, elected officials, regulators, policy makers, utilities, academia, students, faculty and community.

Click here for more details on our 2019 energy transition symposium.

Since 2011 the past annual symposia offered a wide range of science, industry leadership, best practices, common sense regulations and policy implications across a broad spectrum of energy and sustainability issues.  The 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium 2019 is the 8th annual event co-hosted by the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (Collaboratory) — a unique and successful energy research partnership between University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

For the past seven years, the annual energy symposia were hosted by Colorado State University.  Building a national reputation of hosting an event focused on finding solutions, the symposia made sure speakers from different backgrounds and opinions had a voice at each session.  Always held in the fall, this year’s 8th annual symposium will be held in the spring 2019.

With a reputation for independent research excellence, the four Collaboratory partners are uniquely positioned to help the public understand energy-related transitions occurring in Colorado, the West, the United States and internationally. The partners will provide balanced, credible, and multi-disciplinary solutions to the complex problems facing the world.

The Collaboratory partners can directly address all the issues – energy sources, environmental, water, land use, oil and gas production, air, regulatory, policy and cultural – that are demanding public attention and discussion.

Registration is Open–Click Here!!

In order to pay for symposium expenses we will once again welcome sponsors — click here for more sponsor information.  In addition, we will be charging a participant registration fee — click here for more registration information.

Symposium Co-Hosts:



Here’s what happened in 2017 at the 7th annual symposium

The 7th annual 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium was held on Oct 30-31, 2017 on Colorado State University’s campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. Learn More »

2017 Symposium

The 7th annual 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium was held on Oct 30-31, 2017 on Colorado State University’s campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. Learn More »

The 6th annual 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium was held September 28-29, 2016 on the CSU campus in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Click here for the 2016 agenda.

Symposium Press

The 2017 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium was held October 30-31.  Click here to read stories from Coloradoan, the Reporter Herald and InnovatioNews.

Past Symposia

It is CSU’s goal to educate, inform and discuss complex issues while finding viable solutions.  As in all six years, the CSU symposium steering committee has worked diligently and thoughtfully to offer all sides of the issues that identify Colorado State University as the “honest broker” of the information.
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New Co-hosts. Broader mission.  Driving Innovations.

The 2019 symposia’s new co-hosts reflects its broadening mission: Bringing together the best minds in academia, industry from all sources of energy, elected officials, federal, municipalities, community, small to large business, regulators and policymaking to offer innovative solutions for today’s energy challenges, within the natural gas industry, grid, renewables, utilities, transportation, transmission and beyond.

Keynote speakers and robust panels will be setting the tone of collaboration and partnerships. A “Powering Women in Energy” session will feature a top keynote speaker followed by a panel of experienced and distinguished women in energy fields. They will share their inspiring stories and discussed how to encourage women of any age and young women into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pathways. Men are ALWAYS encouraged to attend!

Attendees Over the Past 7 Years
Expert Moderators & Panelists Each Year
Symposia Panel Sessions Each Year

In the 2017 symposia, one of our keynote speakers was Amory Lovins, chief scientist and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Questions/Answers were moderated by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, now Director at the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.  The title of his talk was “Disruptive Energy Futures”.

In 2017, another exciting keynote lunch panel featured three sitting Governors and one former Governor

Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock, Wyoming’s Governor Matt Mead, Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper were on stage with former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter as moderator.  They discussed how governors can inspire non-partisan collaborations and regional cooperation by creating mutually beneficial initiatives and outcomes in a complex world of energy transitions.