Since March 2020, the idea of staying within one’s “bubble” has been a necessary part of daily life. But bubbles are not new, and individuals have been in “bubbles” their whole lives. Some are elected, such as political or ideological affiliations, and some are assigned due to race or gender. We can move freely between some bubbles, and sometimes we can exist in two bubbles simultaneously.
Bubbles. Silos. Ecosystems. Depending on one’s frameworks, and whether we consider the micro or the macro levels, perspectives gained can be focused or broad, restrictive, or all-encompassing. So when we talk about “energy” and “environment” and “climate change,” what do we include and exclude in our individual and collective definitions, our “bubbles”? And what do we not know (that we don’t know) that would impact our personal opinions and collective choices?
SISE 2021: Finding Ecosystem, hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago, will consider the broad ecosystem of energy, how that fits into the response to climate change, and how a broad strategy inclusive of science, culture, and environmental justice can be catalysts for creating change. Selected Fellows will be asked to hone their critical thinking skills throughout as they engage experts and each other through rigorous discussion and debate.
You can join as a Fellow, receiving special access to speakers, UIC's network of current Fellows and alumni, or as a spectator through social media.
Participate as a Fellow
Fellows join us for the full two-week program, receiving backstage access to speakers and panelists, and enjoying some private programming not available to the public. Applications are due June 1.
Watch Virtually on YouTube
Most SISE programming will be accessible on the UIC YouTube channel. You can subscribe and watch for free.
More information, including registration and schedules of speakers, available on the UIC SISE 2021 website.