From generation to usage, transportation to regulation, and impacts environmental, economic, and societal in nature, our future relies on a complex web. Progress will require coordinated efforts from researchers in numerous disciplines, each applying their specific expertise to the complex whole.

Energy Systems is a cross-disciplinary research and teaching network that focuses on generating the innovations, discussions, and collaborations that can guide local and global communities through energy transitions needed today and tomorrow.

Energy in Action: The Latest News in Energy Research at the UofA


M. Anne Naeth


Learn More About Energy Systems

Do you have questions about Energy Systems? If you'd like to learn more about about our program, let us know!

We also have a robust selection of outreach and engagement opportunities. Contact our communications team at if you'd like to hear more.

Energy Systems Programs and Events 

Energy Week 2022

Energy Week showcases leading University of Alberta researchers and teachers who are helping to shape the ways we generate, use, and manage energy. 

From September 24 - 30, 2022, we will host exciting programming, including participation in UofA After Hours, the Future Energy Systems Research Symposium, an all-new infographic competition, and an introduction to chemical engineering with Dr. Vinay Prasad!

Energy Systems Seminar Series

The University of Alberta Energy Systems Signature Area (ESSA) and the Future Energy Systems Research Program are proud to present the Energy Systems Seminar Series, which unites the diverse, world-leading talent at Canada's leading energy research institution, with global expertise to provide valuable insights into energy today, tomorrow, and far into the future.

Current Series: North American Energy Dialogue

The energy markets of Canada, the United States, and Mexico are becoming increasingly interdependent as physical infrastructure and commodities trade continues to grow across North America. As leaders in energy research, the University of Alberta, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Tecnologico de Monterrey are now offering a series of webinars that will include insights from experts from the three countries as well as perspectives from government, academia, industry, and think tanks

Energy Systems Curriculum Committee

Would you like to to be involved in forming the direction of curriculum and having a long lasting effect on energy teaching at the UofA? Reach out to about the Energy Systems Curriculum Committee.

Energy Pathways Career Mentorship Program

Where can advanced energy research training lead? Energy touches everything in our world, so the career possibilities might surprise you. Explore your options with the Energy Pathways Career Mentorship Program by emailing today.

Global Energy Systems Conference

In 2023, the University of Alberta Energy Systems Signature Area will host the Global Energy Systems Conference.

The conference will encompass all areas of energy research, from generation to storage and transmission to societal impacts and regulation. We invite you to be part of the conversation.


Solving the complex challenges of energy together.
Ready To Ask The Hard Questions About Our Energy

Energy Systems Director Anne Naeth explains why meeting the global energy needs of today and tomorrow requires a collective, systems-based approach - which is what our Energy Systems signature area is here to do.

New Trail explores past and present energy transitions.
Power Up: The Challenge of Powering the Next Generation

Featuring the insights of some of the University of Alberta's leading voices on energy, New Trail Magazine takes a look at the energy transitions that have already happened across history and the challenges facing us today.

A University of Alberta Signature Area

At the University of Alberta, we value excellence in teaching, research and creative activity that enriches learning experiences, advances knowledge, inspires engaged citizenship and promotes the public good-in Alberta and around the world. Our signature areas bring together world-renowned excellence in research and teaching across disciplines to address complex issues facing society today and tomorrow.