Thursday February 13th was the first meeting of the Collaboratory on Energy Research and Policy (CERP) at the University of Ottawa which is an interdisciplinary organization made up of graduate students. I am proud to be part of the first inaugural membership of CERP. Our mandate is as follows:
- Build bridges between research and energy policy stakeholders to create a community of practice to undertake, mobilize, and leverage evidence-based policy-relevant research.
- Connect scholars and students researching energy issues across the university to build interdisciplinary research capacity.
- Foster energy literacy within and beyond the University of Ottawa.
My role within CERP is on the science side of energy research and policy as a science ambassador. Our first meeting dealt with the topic of solar energy and the policy as well as the economic issues that arise form this renewable source of energy.