Call for Papers

The Saudi Association for Energy Economics (SAEE) and the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) are hosting the 44th International Conference of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) on February 4-9, 2023, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.



Conference Overview

Tackling climate change while ensuring a just, reliable and clean energy transition has been at the forefront of global challenges. The onset of COVID-19 has further exacerbated the challenge of meeting climate targets. The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) urged further actions by Parties to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2030 so that the world could reach net-zero emissions by 2050. As the world slowly recovers from the aftermath of the pandemic, millions of people still lack access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy and clean cooking. The 44th IAEE conference will highlight the interdependence of clean, stable, and sustainable energy trajectories. In addition, recent developments in energy markets will be discussed.

This will be the first time that the IAEE has held its international conference in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, one that, for the past two decades, has supplied the world with more than 40% of its oil and gas needs. The region’s hydrocarbon production potential and cost advantages will affect and be affected by the pattern and speed of the global energy transition.

The 44th IAEE International Conference will provide an opportunity for government officials, institutional leaders, academics, and corporate leaders to meet, exchange views and address timely and relevant issues facing the energy sector.

Program Structure

The program will feature keynotes, workshops, plenaries and concurrent sessions. These will include Hydrogen and Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) Workshops. The following Energy Plenaries are planned:


  • Economy and Energy Diversification in MENA
  • Energy, Development, and Climate Change
  • Energy Transition and Pathways
  • Investment and Financing
  • Mobility and Technology
  • Efficiency and Industrial Competitiveness
  • Energy Volatility, Security, and Access


The program also features a tour and dinner at a world heritage site, dinner at the National Museum featuring Arabian prehistory, history, culture, and art as well as optional technical tours.

Call for Papers

Concurrent session presenters must submit an abstract that briefly describes their research or case study. Along with the overview, it must include the background and potential significance of their research, its methodology, results, conclusions, and references (if any). All abstracts must conform to the structure outlined in the abstract template. Abstracts are limited to no more than two pages in length and must be submitted online no later than September 9, 2022.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline September 9, 2022
(extended to October 1)
Notification of abstract acceptance October 24, 2022
Conference Registration Opens First week of November, 2022
Submission of full paper and registration December 2, 2022
Conference starts February 4, 2023



Non-Exhaustive Topics for Papers


  • Energy, development, and climate change
  • CCUS methods and solutions
  • Circular Carbon Economy (CCE)
  • The role of hydrogen in the energy transition
  • Economics and geopolitics of oil and natural gas
  • Challenges facing the power sector in MENA
  • MENA economic and energy diversification
  • Impact of energy price volatility on supply security and investment
  • The role of oil and gas in the energy transition
  • Energy sector investment and financing
  • The role of energy efficiency in the transition
  • Renewables opportunities and challenges
  • Energy and the transport sector
  • Energy and emissions modeling
  • Energy poverty and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • COVID-19 and energy
  • Energy and industrial competitiveness


Conference Venue

The 44th IAEE International Conference will be held on the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) campus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The international airport and hotels are just a short distance away from KAPSARC’s award-winning campus, designed by the noted architect Zaha Hadid.



Who Should Attend?

The conference is intended for a broad range of individuals interested in energy matters, including:

  • Business leaders and consultants
  • Practitioners, academics, and scholars in the fields of energy, natural resources, or environmental economics
  • Policymakers and government officials, international institutions, and regulatory agencies
  • Energy and environmental analysts working for local authorities, development agencies, consumer bodies, and non-government organizations (NGOs)



Student Events

Students may, in addition to submitting an abstract, submit a paper for consideration in the IAEE Best Student Paper Award Competition.

Best Student Paper deadline: October 7, 2022

Best Student Paper notice: November 7, 2022


Students are encouraged to participate in the Student Poster Session. For more information, please contact

The conference organizers are also offering limited number of grants to full-time students whose papers are accepted, to cover for their travel to and accommodation in Riyadh. For more information regarding the application process , please, follow the instructions provided here.


Complimentary Registration

The conference organizers are pleased to offer complimentary registration to attend the 44th IAEE International conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  This offer extends to all speakers and attendees.