• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Geraldine Richmond

United States Department of Energy

Under Secretary for Science and Innovation

Dr. Richmond is currently serving as the Undersecretary for Science and Innovation at the Department of Energy (DOE). In this role she oversees the DOE's Office of Science, the largest federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences in the U.S., DOE’s applied R&D offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Nuclear Energy, and Electricity as well as 13 of DOE’s national laboratories. She is on leave from the University of Oregon where she holds the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry. Her research focuses on laser-based and computational methods to understand the structure and dynamics at liquid surfaces with relevance to environmental and technological interests. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards including the National Medal of Science. A career-long advocate for underrepresented groups in STEM fields, she is the founding director of a grass-roots organization called COACh that has helped over 25,000 women scientists and engineers in career advancement in the U.S. and in dozens of developing countries around the world. A native of Kansas, Richmond received her B.S. in chemistry from Kansas State University and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Sessions With Geraldine Richmond

Thursday, 9 March

  • 04:30pm - 05:00pm (CST) / 09/mar/2023 10:30 pm - 09/mar/2023 11:00 pm

    Prioritizing diverse perspectives in R&D: a view from Department of Energy

    The Office of the Undersecretary for Science and Innovation at the U.S. Department of Energy oversees $15 billion dollars in funding for basic science and applied science research. A goal of DOE is to ensure the money is allocated equitably; that it attracts new and diverse applicants; and that communities impacted by the research have a say. This session is an opportunity to hear how DOE prioritizes diverse perspectives in research, development and workforce and to discuss how DOE’s grants and loans can be made more accessible.

Friday, 10 March

  • 08:50am - 09:35am (CST) / 10/mar/2023 02:50 pm - 10/mar/2023 03:35 pm

    How Fast Can Innovation Scale?

    Innovation & Technology
    Last year taught us that our global energy system still does not have the resilience to sustain a sudden and forced transition to a net-zero world. The International Energy Agency estimates that about half of the technologies needed to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050 are not currently commercially competitive. What is needed to accelerate the journey from laboratories to commercial application to financing to deployment? Should multiple tracks—such as hydrogen; carbon capture, utilization and storage; and fusion—move forward in parallel to mitigate risk? What new vulnerabilities will come with innovation, from supply chain to cyber risks? How can innovation create an agenda for resilience?