The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society brings together all members of our campus community to address society’s most challenging problems, particularly in the areas of energy, health, and the environment. Through interdisciplinary scholarship, initiatives, courses, and events, we enhance Boston College’s rich history of working across the disciplines to develop new knowledge that makes a real world impact.



Program & Initiative Spotlight

BC students and faculty at the United Nations Climate Change Conference with BC alum Catherine Goldberg

BC is an official Observer Organization for the United Nations Climate Change Conference—a highly influential event at the center of global climate change policymaking.

Boston College once again sent a delegation of faculty and students to the United Nations Climate Change Conference. This year's conference (COP28) was in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 30 to December 12, 2023.

The Schiller Institute hosted its inaugural COP Symposium in March 2024 to highlight and share the experiences of Boston College’s COP28 delegation to Dubai. The half-day event consisted of a student panel, a faculty panel, and multiple exhibits where attendees interacted with delegates directly. The delegation designed the Symposium to be a “mini COP,” providing BC faculty and students who didn’t travel to Dubai with an opportunity to share in their experiences. Read more below.

Research Grants

The Schiller Institute offers two types of seed grants for BC faculty: Grants for Exploratory Collaborative Research (SI-GECS) and Grants for Research in Targeted and Emerging Areas (SI-RITEA). SI-GECS grants support activities in the areas of energy, the natural environment, and health. SI-RITEA grants support research in specific areas of timely interest in Boston and around the world.

The Institute just announced the recipients of this year’s round of seed grants. In total, the awards represent approximately $430,000 to support projects during the fiscal year ahead, beginning in June. See the article linked below for more details.

See below for an example of the faculty seed grants that have been funded by the Schiller Institute during the current academic year (2023-24).

Featured Course

Entrepreneurial Leadership in Energy, Environment and Health

SCHI3030 Entrepreneurial Leadership in Energy, Environment and Health is a one-credit professional development course featuring meetings with leaders of organizations who represent the Schiller Institute's mission to serve the common good, focusing on our three core areas: energy, environment, and health. These leaders represent start-ups, corporations, and entrepreneurial incubators.

During the Fall 2024 semester, the course will be offered on Thursday afternoons.

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