The Center on Global Energy Policy will host Dr. Jessika Trancik, Professor at the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for a fireside chat with Dr. Geoffrey M. Heal, Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School discussing the state of clean energy technology today in relation to climate change mitigation goals. Dr. Trancik will draw on insights from her research on evaluating technologies against societal goals and disentangling the mechanisms of innovation.

During the course of the conversation, the following questions will be explored:

  • How far have we come in developing the technological tools needed to fully decarbonize energy systems and the economy?
  • What are the remaining gaps to be addressed by further technological innovation?
  • What have we learned about how to encourage, and possibly accelerate, processes of technological improvement and deployment?


This event will be hosted in person in New York City and live streamed via Zoom. Please note: Current Columbia University affiliates (staff, students, and faculty only) who attend in person will be required to show their CUIDs at the door. Non-Columbia University affiliates will be required to show a government-issued ID and proof of vaccination and complete a symptom attestation form upon arrival.
Advance registration is required. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email. The event will be recorded and the video recording will be added to our website following the event.
This event is open to press, and registration is required to attend. For media inquiries or requests for interviews, please contact Natalie Volk ([email protected]).
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