Building the Foundation: Energy and Public Health 2021

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Georgia Tech's Strategic Energy Institute (SEI) and the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB) will jointly host a workshop of public health professionals from the greater Atlanta area focused on the intersection of energy and public health. The field's leading experts will convene to explore how to best leverage local public health assets for maximum impact in the energy transition.


The intersections with energy systems on public health occur at all points along the energy system lifecycle and may produce both positive and negative outcomes, at times placing undue burden on vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities. We are also in the midst of a dynamic period as energy systems evolve to deal with climate, environment, and scarcity concerns. It is critical that we develop a foundational knowledge in order to effectively respond to the interrelated challenges of public health and energy infrastructure.

We seek to create a vibrant community of researchers whose focus is on the potential health impacts of energy technologies by leveraging Georgia Tech’s energy expertise and the world class public health resources in Atlanta. Our objective is to shift the energy and health paradigm from an historically reactive one to an increasingly proactive one.

ATTENTION Georgia Tech Faculty!

The Energy Policy and Innovation Center and the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biomedicine are soliciting two-page white paper submissions that provide ideas for energy and public health intersections, frame issues for policy makers, identify promising and relevant research areas, develop impactful regional partnerships, or achieve other strategic objectives, particularly in areas which are differentiating for Georgia Tech. We will provide $1,000 in discretionary funds to cover faculty/student time in developing these white papers - deadline Monday, May 14, 2021.

Information and Submission

Keynote: Patrick Breysse, Ph.D. - Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Moderated by: Laura Taylor, Ph.D. - Professor and Chair, School of Economics, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Tech

Sally Ng, Ph.D. - School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Tech
Marilyn Brown, Ph.D. - Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Tech
Rich Simmons, Ph.D. - Energy Policy and Innovation Center, Georgia Tech
Noah Scovronick, Ph.D. - Emory Rollins School of Public Health


  • 1 PM                     Welcome and Introductions
  • 1:15 – 1:45 PM     Keynote: Patrick Breysse - Feelin’ the Heat: The Intersection of Climate, Energy, and Health 
  • 1:45 – 2 PM          Q&A with Patrick Breysse
  • 2 - 3 PM                Lightning Talks
  • 3 - 3:30 PM           Panel Discussion: Research Frontiers at the Nexus of Health and Energy
  • 3:30 - 4 PM           Open Forum Discussion

Call for Abstracts - Do you have expertise in this area that you'd like to present during the "Lightning Talks" segment? Submit your abstract by Monday, May 11, 2021. All submissions will be included in the workshop packet with 10 selected to present.
Submit Abstract Here