The Climate Systems Engineering initiative (CSEi) supports Field Building Workshops which are held at UChicago 3-4 times per year. The workshops help define the research agenda for climate systems engineering.

Field Building Workshops take place over 1.5 to 3 days, and typically involve 10-20 people. Workshops may bring together faculty, postdocs, graduate students, international visitors, government officials, industry professionals, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and others who could bring expertise and perspectives needed to define research directions for climate systems engineering. Workshops will receive funding and logistical support from the CSEi.

Application Process:

Letters of intent of no more than 250 words can be submitted by email to Letters are accepted on a rolling basis. Proposals are invited based on letters of intent and subsequent discussion with proposer. Proposals must be submitted at least 4 months prior to the workshop date, and should include:

  • A description of the goal of the workshop, proposed dates, the number and kinds of invitees, and a plan for disseminating results (2 pages maximum).
  • CV’s of workshop organizing committee. Workshops organizing committees should have 2 to 5 members and must include at least one UChicago faculty member.

Selection Criteria:

Letters of intent will be reviewed by CSEi leadership, and the most promising will be invited to work with CSEi to develop a workshop proposal and budget. Field Building Workshops will be selected based on:

  • Intellectual merit;
  • Potential for defining the field of climate systems engineering; and,
  • Breadth and depth of proposed attendees.

Reporting and Responsibilities:

  • Submit short public workshop report including a list of attendees, and a 200–500-word executive summary.
  • Provide copies of, or links to, materials resulting from the workshop, such as white papers, publications, photographs, or videos. Resulting materials should acknowledge CSEi support for the workshop.

For more information, please contact CSEi Director David Keith ( with a cc to Executive Director Macol Cerda (