Public Engagement

BECC Conference

The Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference (BECC) is the premier international conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making and using that knowledge to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

BECC 2020

From Nudge to Leap!
BECC speakers present best practices and research to encourage behavior change for energy and carbon reduction.

Why attend BECC?

The BECC Conference is the premier international conference focused on understanding human behavior and decision making and using that knowledge to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. The conference engages researchers across the social sciences — in psychology, sociology, behavioral economics, anthropology, political science, marketing, communications, and more. Currently in its 14th year, BECC is associated with a growing set of allied conferences in Europe and Asia. 

About BECC

A CIEE success story, the BECC conference is a model of the institute’s agility in seizing opportunities to innovate. CIEE founded the popular conference, the first of its kind anywhere. A rich sampler of work in the field, the now-annual gathering attracts more than 250 presenters and 700 attendees from around the world.

With interest in the potential of behavioral research on the rise, CIEE convened a national summit of energy policy makers, social-science researchers, and communicators in early 2007. Compelled by their enthusiasm and abundant possibilities for collaboration, CIEE initiated and chaired the first BECC Conference later that year, drawing in Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy as partners in the effort.

Today the conference engages researchers across the social sciences — in psychology, sociology, behavioral economics, anthropology, political science, marketing, communications, and more. It spotlights the promise of these disciplines for effecting policies and programs to propel us toward an energy-efficient future.

I found the BECference an ideal place for engaging with interested, informed energy researchers and practitioners I would not normally meet at academic conferences.
Robert Gifford
Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies, University of Victoria

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