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Summits, Workshops, and Events

In addition to the hydropower events listed below, you may be interested in summits, workshops, and events related to marine energy .

WPTO Webinar for Universities Features Student and Faculty Opportunities | April 6, 2021 | 1-3 p.m. ET

WPTO is hosting a webinar with Q&A sessions to show how students and faculty can get involved in hydropower and marine energy R&D. A panel of students will discuss their experiences as WPTO interns and fellows, researchers at national labs, marine energy collegiate competitors, and more. WPTO staff will discuss prizes and competitions, testing opportunities, funding opportunity announcements, and paid reviewer opportunities. The examples provided will be specific to WPTO, but the discussion will offer a window into the many pathways for working with DOE.

STEM to Hydro Dialogue Workshop on the Hydropower Workforce Assessment/Jobs & Economic Analysis | July 27-29, 2021 | Co-located with Hydrovision | Date and Time TBD

Join the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Hydropower Foundation for a dialogue to identify strategies to address current workforce challenges and provide insight into future competency mapping of STEM skills to hydropower professions. In addition to career mapping, NREL and the Hydropower Foundation will present the DOE Water Power Technologies Office’s Day in the Life Professional Profiles to apprise participants of the different hydropower workforce pathways. The discussion will help inform what additional career resources may be needed on the Hydropower STEM Portal . Lastly, this dialogue will explore ways to improve information sharing among academia, trade and professional services, and the private sector to address education, research, and workforce needs. Beyond partnership collaborations and information sharing, the free workshop will also provide an overview of the Jobs and Economic Development Impact Model, a conventional hydropower model that allows users to estimate economic development impacts from traditional hydropower projects. Registration details will be provided soon.

STEM to Hydro Dialogue Workshop on the Hydropower Collegiate Competition | August 12, 2021 | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. MT

Part of the ongoing STEM Dialogue Series, this month's STEM to Hydro Dialogue Workshop engages with industry and academia to discuss a potential competition designed to attract college-level students interested in hydropower. Participants of this free workshop will help determine the need for and possible structure of a collegiate hydropower competition. Inspired by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Marine Energy Collegiate Competition, the competition provides students with real-world experience, valuable education on the possibilities of hydropower, and a solid foundation for decision making when establishing their career paths. Join the Hydropower Foundation and DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in lending your expertise to the DOE Water Power Technologies Office's efforts to develop a strong hydropower workforce in the United States. Registration details will be provided soon.

Hydropower Events

Past Hydropower Events with Presentations Available for Viewing

2019 Waterpower Workforce Summit

On April 1, 2019, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Hydropower Foundation presented the 2019 Waterpower Workforce Summit. The purpose of the Summit was to collect information from industry and academia to lay the groundwork for the redevelopment of a vibrant hydropower workforce while developing STEM-based educational materials and a better understanding of the workforce needs for marine energy technologies. Separate dialogues were held to focus on hydropower and marine energy.

The following Summit materials are available:






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