Translating Research into Practice

Focused on translating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into practical solutions to address global challenges, this conference will gather top thinkers from U-M and across the country to discuss and brainstorm ways for business and other disciplines to take responsibility for these goals.  

This event is co-sponsored by the Aspen Institute Business & Society program and Responsible Research in Business Management.

More details to follow as the conference date approaches!


2019 Global Operations Conference


OPERATIONS 2030: The Next Evolution of Technology, Sustainability, Supply Chain, and Customer Behavior

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations hosts the must-attend operations event of the year — Tauber’s Global Operations Conference, GOC.

The combination of global leaders in industry with top-ranked business and engineering faculty, GOC reflects the unparalleled resources the Tauber Institute offers today and symbolizes our unwavering commitment to the next generation of Operations leaders.

Experience two days where you will:

  • Learn from award winning faculty from both the College of Engineering and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business as well as leading experts in operations today.
  • Discover forward-thinking panels discussing real world strategies implemented to maximize and transform operations.
  • Hear dynamic speakers and well respected industry experts.
  • Network with leading, emerging and future operations leaders.

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Sustainable Systems Forum: Women in Energy

A panel of alumnae share insights from their careers in the energy space. Participants include: Allison Clements, Energy Foundation, Program Director, Clean Energy Markets; Kerry Duggan (MS ’06), RIDGE-LANE merchant bank urban development; Kate Elliot (MS/MBA ’08), Tesla, Regional Manager of Charging; Trisha Miller (BA ’01), Bill Gates Energy Breakthrough Fund, Senior Director of Advocacy & Government Relations; and Shoshannah Lenski (MS ’01), Director of Productivity & Work Standards for DTE Gas.

2019 Conference on Transportation, Economics, Energy & the Environment (TE3)

Energy Institute LogoThe University of Michigan’s Conference on Transportation, Economics, Energy and Environment (TE3) is held annually in one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturing regions. The event brings together private and public stakeholders from across disciplines to share knowledge, exchange ideas and explore how we can accelerate the full electrification of transportation systems worldwide. 

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Fortunately, the decreasing cost of renewable energy combined with advancements in vehicle connectivity presents a historic opportunity to decarbonization the sector. TE3 helps support this transition by building valuable connections between scholars, government officials and industry leaders working at the forefront of electrified mobility. 

Now in its sixth year, the 2019 TE3 Conference will focus on increasing the electrification of transportation worldwide, covering all forms of electrified vehicles (battery, hybrid and fuel cell) and their applications, including personal ownership, managed fleets, goods movement, and mobility-as-a-service. At the conference, participants will explore how we can use policy and technology to accelerate this exciting transition while accounting for the volatility of energy markets and uncertainties in consumer behavior.

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US-China Environment and Sustainability Forum

The world today is facing unprecedented, interconnected environmental and sustainability challenges. Achieving sustainable development requires global efforts that are ambitious, action-oriented and collaborative. The US and China are the leaders of the global economy. At the same time, they also contribute significantly to many sustainability challenges worldwide. Both countries play particularly important roles for global sustainability. By bring together experts from both the US and China on environment and sustainability, the US-China Environment and Sustainability Forum at the University of Michigan (UCESF@UM) aims to: Take stock of achievements in addressing environmental and sustainability challenges in both countries, and identify critical areas that the two countries should work together and help the global transition towards more sustainable development. UCESF@UM will produce a whitepaper summarizing opinions and conclusions. To promote an intimate experience for easy engagement in conversation, attendance is capped at 120 participants including invited panelists and reserved seats for University of Michigan participants.


Intersections in Engaged Research

Linking research to action, collaborating for impact, applying interdisciplinary approaches, cultivating partnership…

Researchers and co-investigators from all three U-M campuses are invited to join us for Intersections in Engaged Research. This interactive event will bring together researchers and multiple internal sponsor organizations to share and learn how we can leverage university resources to maximize our public and community impact.

It will feature a wide range of engaged research projects, including action-based research, community-based participatory research, community-engaged research, among others, taking place with funding and support through internal U-M award programs.

Attendees will learn more about resources, funding mechanisms, training opportunities and networks that currently exist on campus. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other and inform how internal funders support engaged research on campus.

The event will highlight successful research projects, facilitate conversations on key strategies and lessons learned in the field, and include opportunities for networking.

This event is intended for:

Faculty and co-investigators from multiple disciplines across the university who are interested in exploring internal funding opportunities and support for engaged research
Faculty grant recipients and co-investigators of internal engaged research funding
Institutional partners who are interested in supporting engaged research and exploring opportunities for collective impact


Join SEAS at Earthfest for free food, entertainment, activities and a chance to learn new things about sustainability at U-M that you didn’t already know. The event is organized around the four themes of our Campus Sustainability Goals: Climate Action, Waste Prevention, Healthy Environments and Community Awareness.

Every fall since 1996 University of Michigan has held an event to celebrate all of the environmental and energy initiatives throughout the University and the Ann Arbor community. The event originated as Energy Fest but since 2010 has been known as EarthFest: Party for the Planet!

Come browse dozens of booths with information on how to get involved in sustainability on campus and beyond. Enjoy free healthy food, chef demos, live entertainment, and sustainability-related games with prizes! You’ll also have the chance to make a photo pledge to sustainability, and an opportunity to win sustainable foods basket by sharing your photo on Planet Blue Facebook or Twitter.

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Business+Impact Showcase

Flowing from clubs to initiatives and centers, the Ross Business+Impact Initiative is an essential part of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Not only that, but through partnerships with other U-M schools and specific programs, we create multidisciplinary action-based learning opportunities across campus. New and existing students interested in poverty alleviation, healthcare access, sustainability, human rights and diversity should attend to discover opportunities to make a difference in the places where they live and work, at the school, and around the world.

This event is a tabled event with multiple constituents, and there will be light hors d’oeuvres served.

Exhibiting Organizations:

Blueprints For Pangaea
Career Development Office
Center for Positive Organizations
Center for Socially Engaged Design / Innovation in Action
Community Consulting Club
Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project
Detroit Revitalization & Business
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion @ Ross
Emerging Markets Club
Engaged Learning Office (UMSI)
Erb Institute
Ginsberg Center
Global Initiatives at Ross
Graham Sustainability Institute
Healthcare and Life Sciences Club
Impact Investing Group
Michigan in Washington

Net Impact – MBA
Net Impact – Undergraduate
Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships
Open Road at Ross
Poverty Solutions
Problem Solving Initiative
Propel Business Club
Semester in Detroit
Smart Cities Club
Social Venture Fund
Systems Studio / Taubman College
Tauber Institute for Global Operations
TechArb Student Venture Accelerator
University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program
William Davidson Institute
Wolverine Disaster Relief Club
Zell Lurie Institute

Webinar: Accelerating Collective Learning and Action for Enhanced Resilience

As the pace of climate change accelerates, there is a need to also accelerate collective learning about how best to prepare and adapt.

Members of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) and partners, in part supported by the Science Collaborative, have been working on the frontlines to help communities enhance their resilience, for example by sharing lessons about how to communicate about climate change, producing critical scientific insights, and working with local and state partners to strategically advance action on the ground.

Join us for a lively discussion among four panelists that have been taking different approaches for helping communities anticipate and prepare for climate impacts. This webinar is designed to explore lessons learned about how best to accelerate learning and the transfer of ideas across the diverse adaptation community.

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