NREL researcher Kirsten Alberi works in the luminescence mapping laboratory at the Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF). Here she aligns a laser and sample to map the photoluminescence coming off the sample. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL.

If we are to succeed in the global clean energy race, we need the talents and contributions of all members of society. This is the driving force behind the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) initiative. Launched in partnership with eight other governments at the inaugural Clean Energy Ministerial -- C3E leverages the skills and talents of women worldwide to help advance the global clean energy economy.

This Friday, September 28, organizers of C3E will celebrate an important milestone -- the launch of the Women in Clean Energy Symposium. Hosted by the U.S. Energy Department and the MIT Energy Initiative – the Women in Clean Energy Symposium will bring together distinguished and emerging leaders to help lay the foundation for a broader, continuing effort to advance women's leadership in clean energy.

The centerpiece of the symposium will be the first-ever C3E Awards ceremony -- recognizing six mid-career individuals with outstanding accomplishments in the clean energy field. Awards will be given out in a range of categories including: innovation and technology development, entrepreneurship, policy and advocacy, and advancements for the developing world.

Best of all, the symposium will not be limited to those attending in person.  We’re making the event interactive so that you can share your own thoughts and perspectives throughout.

Tune-in Via Webcast

Beginning on Friday, September 28 at 8:30 am ET you can watch the symposium live, via webcast. The webcast is free but space is limited so register today to reserve your spot. The full symposium agenda – with information on speakers and roundtables – is available here.

Tweet With Us

This Friday, be sure to follow the @energy, @mitenergy, and @C3E_EnergyWomen twitter handles for live-tweets throughout the symposium. Interact with us on twitter by sending your own C3E updates using #C3E2012.

For more on the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Initiative, view the new compendium: Pathways to Leadership: C3E Ambassador’s Careers in Clean Energy.