CSPO Events

October 19, 2023 1:00pm—3:50pm

New Perspectives on Energy Innovation

New Perspectives on Energy Innovation

Join CSPO for a webinar series exploring lessons we can draw for the future from the past 50 years of energy policy and energy innovations. October 2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1973 oil embargo imposed by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) in the wake of the Arab-Israeli War. The temporary shortages inflated energy prices, jolted the global economy, and destabilized geopolitical relationships around the world. The crisis also inspired new science and technology policies that drove innovation in nuclear, solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources, among others. Today, we are witnessing a resurgence in creative policy solutions and new energy innovations alongside high oil prices, geopolitical tensions, rising inflation, and attention to the environmental impacts of energy use.

In this online symposium, a distinguished group of historians, technology innovators, journalists, and policymakers will discuss the lessons we can learn from the 1970s and envision new futures for energy policy and energy innovation.


FREE Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-perspectives-on-energy-innovation-tickets-709559821527?aff=oddtdtcreator

More information: https://invention.si.edu/new-perspectives-energy-innovation


Session 1: (Mis)Remembering 1973: Crisis and Innovation

Thursday 19 October 2023, 1:00-2:20pm ET


  • Meg Jacobs, Senior Research Scholar, School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Cyrus Mody, Professor, History of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Maastricht University
  • Julie Cohn, Independent Historian, Center for Public History, University of Houston and Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University


  • Eric S. Hintz, Historian, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian Institution

Session 2: Energy Innovations for 2023 and Beyond

Thursday 19 October 2023, 2:30-3:50pm


  • Robinson Meyer, Founding Executive Editor, Heatmap
  • Kelly Cummins, Acting Director, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, Department of Energy
  • Clark Miller, Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and Director, Center for Energy & Society, Arizona State University


  • Arthur Daemmrich, Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University