The Energy Science Group (ESG) at the University of Arizona is organized and led by graduate students to encourage interdisciplinary discussion and share knowledge about energy science and the broader aspects of renewable energy science, technology and policy. Open to all students and postdoctoral research associates (postdocs) with an interest in sustainable and renewable energy technologies and energy science, the ESG meets every other Friday during both the fall and spring semesters. Graduate students and postdocs present their ongoing research and lead a discussion with the attendees about the implications of the research for energy science. Periodically a guest speaker or faculty member will give a presentation and lead the discussion. For example, some of the guest speakers to-date have been Dr. Arun Majumdar, as director of the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy, Jim Gentile, Ph.D., President of Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and Christopher J. Orendorff, PhD, Power Sources Technology Group, Sandia National Laboratories.
ESG meetings provide a networking and social opportunity for graduate students and postdocs, and a chance to practice presentation and discussion leadership skills.