The event is free and open to the public, and registration is now open for lunch reservations.


Hosted by the The Nicholas School of the Environment's Student International Discussion Group and Duke's Energy Initiative, this symposium highlights the incredible impact small-scale projects and technologies can have on the daunting problems of clean water and energy access faced by those in developing nations.

The morning will consist of a keynote address and our panel on water access. In the afternoon we will hold our panel on energy access, to be followed by a special reception hosted by the Energy Initiative.

The Student International Discussion Group

The Student International Discussion Group (SIDG) is a non-profit student discussion group that keeps abreast of national and international environmental issues. Although the group's main interests are environmental issues, also included are sustainable development and societal concerns. These talks are conducted in an informal setting, twice a month. They include a potluck dinner and an invited speaker, followed by a discussion. The speakers mainly originate from the Nicholas School (student presenting projects conducted abroad), and from other schools at Duke (Sanford, Law, Fuqua). Occasionally, an outside speaker is brought in to broaden the international issues. SIDG also makes grants available to students who would like to conduct research projects abroad. The reason for this financial help is that there are plenty of interesting projects available, but they are often located in countries that do not have the resources to finance them. Each spring, SIDG organizes a conference on environmental sustianability issues.


The conference will be held in the Searle Conference Center located in the Seeley G. Mudd Building at Duke University.
Parking is available at the Bryan Center Parking Garage and the reception will be held in the Energy Hub in the Gross Chemistry Building.

To Register

You can register here.

<i>For more information please visit the Annual Symposium website.</i>