/ Students

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences

The IAEE Conference’s Young Professionals and Scholars Day will augment the
professional learning and development outcomes for young professionals and scholars (including Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. graduates) attending the 2023 IAEE Conference in Riyadh. Please note that the event will be conducted in English.


Four topics will be covered during the day:

1. Identifying how scholars and professionals can choose career paths and find suitable jobs.
2. Introducing our colleagues to the basics of publishing to reduce the time needed for them to familiarize themselves with the rules and processes of academic publishing.
3. Helping young professionals to connect with and emulate successful professionals in their respective fields. This will include coaching on how to find effective mentors in their respective ecosystems.
4. Establishing the beginning of a lifelong, global, professional peer network.

Session 1

The Scholar-Professional Connection in Energy Policy


Intended audience: Graduate students, recent Ph.D.s, young energy professionals,
policymakers and professionals who want to relate to the world of research.
Format: Moderated panel discussion and roundtable.
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Research remains an essential component of shaping policymaking, business decisions and technological advancements in global energy. However, major players in the global energy ecosystem may have different, and occasionally non-overlapping, understandings and expectations of energy research. Such misalignments can lead to the inefficient allocation of time and resources. With this in mind, this panel will discuss the value of research in different parts of the energy ecosystem. The panel will advance participants’ understanding of what research means for academics, think tanks, policy institutions and businesses. Discussions among various players in the global energy ecosystem are key to maximizing the value of research.


Some of the questions this panel will seek to address are:

  • What does good research mean for different audiences (i.e., scholars, policymakers,
    think tanks, businesses)?
  • How can energy professionals make good use of research and knowledge?
  • How can energy professionals leverage global research to address Saudi/other countries’ priorities?
  • How to establish a global network of knowledgeable peers through creating and using good research?
Session 2

Writing in Scientific Journals


Intended audience: Graduate students, recent Ph.D.s, young energy professionals,
policymakers and professionals who want to relate to the world of research.
Format: Interactive teaching module.
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The global energy complex relies on research produced at academic institutions, think tanks, government agencies and private businesses. Much innovation that comes with this research finds meaning within a global frame of findings, literature, and discussion. The communication of these ideas occurs primarily via scientific writing and publication. The process of scientific writing and publication subjects research to assessment by peers, allowing improvement at a global scale. This rigorous process ensures that our knowledge progresses in a collaborative manner, drawing upon our collective knowledge base.

The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of the basics of writing in scientific journals. In doing so, the session aims to strengthen the analytical foundations of the participants in energy research. We will cover topics such as framing a research question, conducting a goal-oriented literature review, ways to present results effectively, and drawing policy-relevant conclusions, among others. This module will also help participants in evaluating the quality of scientific research utilized in academic and non-academic settings.

Among the issues considered are the following:

  • What makes a research question a good one and what are effective ways to frame a problem in energy policy into a research question?
  • How does one relay scientific findings in a concise, clear and effective manner?
  • What constitutes good empirical work?
  • What are key features of a well-written paper? What are common features of a poorly written paper?
  • How can good research improve your global visibility?


Session 3

Basics of Getting Published/Meet the Editors Roundtable

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Shagra Room, RCT, KAPSARC
Volunteers will guide the interested participants to the location. This is a limited-seating session.  

Intended audience: Graduate students, recent Ph.D.s, policymakers and professionals who want to enter the publishing scene.
Format: Moderated panel discussion.

This session will introduce participants to the basics of publishing academic journal articles. More specifically, we aim to reduce the time needed for participants to familiarize themselves with the rules and processes of academic publishing. Journal editors and scholars will also provide tips on the major steps involved in the publishing process.

Some of the topics that this session will cover will include:

  • Choosing the right journal
  • Framing the study
  • Writing effective letters to editors
  • How to deal with rejections and revisions
  • The ‘dos and don’ts’ of publishing
  • Available resources to assist young scholars in the publishing process