Energy Innovations

Together, we will innovate a global energy transition

Located in the heart of Canada’s energy sector, the University of Calgary is one of North America’s leading energy universities. For more than three decades, the university has cultivated a reputation as a global leader in energy research innovation and education.

UCalgary embraces the opportunity to leverage its tremendous capacity to advance major research and education initiatives in a global energy transition.

UCalgary strives to further strengthen and empower partnerships with community, neighbours, industry and government to bridge the gap between lab and field, fuel investment in new energy innovations, and mobilize decision-makers to improve the health and well-being of people here and around the world.

With urgent economic, social and environmental-impact issues in Alberta and beyond, the university intends to invest in energy research and education that will transform energy systems across North America and around the globe.



Making history

Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High — our most ambitious fundraising campaign to date — closes in June 2020. Get ready to be a part of our history!


Real-world training for students

Experiential learning opportunities through field courses, undergraduate research scholarships and international-mobility opportunities enrich research outcomes, and better equip graduates to tackle modern challenges in the energy industry. 

Students working alongside visiting students and faculty from around the world here at UCalgary — or at partnering universities in Mexico, Norway, China, Israel and beyond — fuel diversity in teaching and learning, and empower innovation in a global energy transition.

Carter Dzuiba

At home, across the globe

After completing his graduate degree at UCalgary under a new partnership between the university and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Carter Dziuba went to Norway for the summer to conduct further research in nano-size particles for enhanced oil recovery.

"My research exchange with NTNU allowed me broader technical and cultural exposure," says Dziuba, who worked alongside other PhD students at NTNU. For him, the partnership has been key in promoting creative ideas and experiences for a wider range of research applications. 

Empowering people to lead with innovation

UCalgary is home to a collective of world-renowned experts in energy solutions. For decades, UCalgary has been regarded as a prescient, nimble and collaborative hub for global leaders in the legal, economic, cultural, policy and health impact aspects of resource development.

Our students are uniquely supported in addressing some of the world’s most vexing energy challenges and, subsequently, the health and sustainability of our economies, our environment and our communities.


Rania Hamza

Using bacteria to do our dirty work

Civil engineering PhD student and Killam laureate Rania Hamza is researching the use of micro-organisms in the treatment of industrial waste water, a major source of pollution.

“This technology employs a consortium of different micro-organisms to work together to clean water,” says Hamza. Conventional technology is simply not up to the task of treating industrial waste water to today’s standards. “North America doesn’t have this highly effective, efficient and sustainable technology; it is a novel way to think about waste water management, and UCalgary is at the leading edge,” says Hamza.


Connecting with community to pioneer the future of energy

UCalgary is committed to engaging with the community we lead and serve — certainly, our level of excellence in research and education wouldn't be achievable without our local and national supporters, neighbours, and partners in government and industry. A broad range of programs of study, symposia, workshops and other activities and strategic collaborations frequently bring campus and community together, and promote greater energy literancy among the general public.


Christine Sharp and team

Stewards of the future

A team of UCalgary researchers has combined several renewable-energy technologies to create a carbon-neutral research project so simple that elementary school students can run it. The project focuses on a community of microbes that use natural photosynthesis to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Students at Dr. E.W. Coffin School recently took part. Christine Sharp, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geosciences in the Faculty of Science and co-founder of Solar Biocells, is involved in the project. “This is geared towards Grades 5 to 8 students,” says Sharp. “It’s the perfect age to expose kids to the carbon cycle and other concepts.”


Together, we will create energy innovations for today and tomorrow

Contact information

Andrea Morris
Associate Vice President, Campaign and Principal Gifts