CONFERENCE OPENING RECEPTION
Monday, April 20: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Join us for an unforgettable evening in one of Chicago's preeminent halls of discovery and science—the historic Field Museum of Natural History. Enter the magnificent Stanley Hall and mingle among African elephants, flying pterosaurs, and Máximo, the museum’s resident Titanosaur. You’ll be treated to exciting food options, beverages, and access to the museum’s many illustrious exhibits: spot magnificent gem stones, walk through ancient Egypt, get up close with a T. Rex, or travel back in time to uncover Chicago's beer brewing history. Don't miss this memorable night for connecting with old friends and making new ones. Shuttle bus service provided to and from conference hotels.  
TECHNICAL TOURS
Monday, April 20 - Thursday, April 23

The Chicago Organizing Committee has planned diverse and exciting Technical Tours that give participants the chance to visit eight sites: S&C Electric Company, G&W Electric Company, Suzlon Wind Turbine Training Center, Chicago Architecture Center, ComEd Tech Center, John G. Shedd Aquarium, CRRC Sifang America – Railcar Assembly Facility and the Community of the Future (multiple stops).  
OPENING SESSION - The Power to Transform the Planet; Electrifying the Climate Change Conversation
Tuesday, April 21 : 8:30am – 9:30am

You will not want to miss this year’s Opening Session. T&D Conference brings thought and action leaders from across the world to learn about, discuss, and collaborate on the most innovative technologies in the industry, but this is where you will see how all the pieces link together to form a broader vision. When we talk about Electrifying the Future, what we mean is leveraging technologies to help communities make informed decisions to enhance their lives. Because ultimately, this isn’t about the latest grid equipment or new research; it’s about how to use these innovations to make the whole electric grid, and the neighborhoods that rely upon them, more reliable, more resilient, more sustainable.

It all begins with the ClimateMusic Project, an extraordinary collaboration of artists and scientists who create and perform music that communicates the urgency we face with the climate crisis. Climate change can seem abstract and difficult to communicate, but this group has figured out innovative ways to use music to make the science comprehensible. News organizations from Verge to the New York Times have described the impact of their work, describing how it can help drive listeners to act.

Following that, Christiana Figueres, the keynote speaker, will build off of her experience leading the negotiation for the Paris Climate Accords to tell the story of not just how we got here, but where we could be going. Figueres is one of the most important diplomats in the world, representing her native Costa Rica across the Europe, and then becoming the Director of the Technical Secretariat of the Renewable Energy of the Americas program, and founded and directed the Center for Sustainable Development in the Americas. This was the foundation that she used to bring together the leading countries in the world to perhaps the most significant agreement ever to not just acknowledge the reality of climate change, but meet it. This experience hasn’t just been valuable to governments; she’s also the Principal Climate Change Advisor to ENDESA Latinoamérica, the largest private utility in Latin America, a reminder that understanding the broader picture matters for policy makers and industry leaders alike.  
CONFERENCE LUNCHEON
Tuesday, April 21 : 11:30am – 1:00pm

Tuesday marks the opening of the exhibit hall with companies from around the world ready to show you the newest products and services. What better time to see these new products and technologies than during the Conference Luncheon, conveniently served to you in the exposition aisles.  
NETWORKING RECEPTION
Wednesday, April 22 : 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Mingle with leading product specialists, experts and industry leaders over hors d’oeuvres and beverages during the exhibit hall Networking Reception. During the conference you will have heard from the best minds covering a wide range of topics that explore and aim to improve our industry. This is your opportunity to explore the exhibit halls, chat with these experts and experience firsthand how some of the new technologies, products and services are being used.  
POSTER SESSION/RECEPTION
Wednesday, April 22 : 5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Poster Session and Reception provides a relaxed environment for registered conference attendees to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while viewing more than 300 accepted papers in poster format. Here you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the authors and even tour competing papers from the Student Poster Contest.  
CLOSING RECEPTION AND RAFFLE
Thursday, April 23 : 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Join the fun while we toast our new Chicago friends, thank them for a great event and are greeted with beverages and party snacks by the 2022 New Orleans Local Organizing team. Drop your registration badge on the way in for a chance to win one of many great prizes.  
DESTINATION CHICAGO

Make the most of your stay by visiting https://chicagoconcierge.com/events/ieee/ to discover the Windy city’s many culinary, entertainment, shopping and outdoor recreational experiences.