The aim is to increase participation and visibility of underrepresented groups within the energy sector. We are targeting female researchers, and aim to have a strong Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) presence. We want to create a network of unique and innovative women, and to provide space and resources for women to establish long‐term, meaningful collaborations.
The funds from this project will be spent on three distinct events, and four competitive bursaries for researcher exchanges.
- A networking event including a speed networking activity, talks from individuals experienced in collaboration and funding success, and an afternoon training event on assertiveness, persuasive communication and negotiation.
- A two‐day intensive writing retreat, to produce collaborative grant applications, academic publications, policy briefs and/or technical papers. A facilitator will help identify common areas of overlap, and specific focused time will be spent creating work.
- Follow up day, for participants to come together to tie‐up and submit produced outputs. Participants will present work and undertake further networking.
The events are designed to increase visibility by fostering creation of genuine collaborative opportunities. We will encourage collaborations focusing on decarbonisation of heat using a whole systems approach as this lies within our expertise. These events are open to individuals from academia, industry and government who identify as female, and/or BAME and are working within the UKERC remit.
A system that meets heat demand is inherently integrated across the energy system, with potential trade‐offs between many energy carriers, infrastructures and end‐use options. Vast amounts of heat decarbonisation research is occurring, but in a fragmented manner. Addressing this issue requires a collaborative multi‐disciplinary, wholes systems approach. This new hub will take initial steps towards creating genuine, lasting collaboration with individuals from different backgrounds. In the long‐term, the network will act as a central hub for academics, policy‐makers and industry to source collaborators who work in industrial and domestic heat decarbonisation.
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Research Report 11 Jul 2019
Regen has run the Solar Commission, a project that has been set up as part of the UKERC Whole Systems Network Fund. This report presents the conclusions of the Commission.
This report explores the current state of gender balance in UK energy research. Researchers looked at the data and talked to female energy researchers about their experience of securing research funding.
by Long Seng To 03 Oct 2019
Many low-income countries are vulnerable to natural hazards, long-term processes of ecological degradation, and global climate change. Project lead Long Seng To, of Loughborough University, writes, with an accompanying short film.
Heating engineers are absolutely central to heating in the UK and are therefore going to be a huge part of the UK’s heat transformation (if it happens), writes Richard Lowes.
A collaboration between charity 10:10 Climate Action and professors at Manchester Metropolitan University, a game based on the real life challenges involved in heat decarbonisation has now been launched.
Blog 09 May 2019
In one of the latest Whole Systems Networking Fund events, the IVUGER network hosted a writing retreat. With the network growing, it was a resounding success...
by Grant Wilson 28 Mar 2019
As we approach the end of this year’s teaching, we are counting down to the inaugural TeachEnergy workshop to start to create a community of practice around teaching energy.
Networking Fund Event, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 24 October 2019
Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Ulster University, Belfast, United Kingdom
Networking Fund Event, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 16 September 2019
IVUGER, London South Bank University, United Kingdom
Networking Fund Event, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, 9 July 2019
Regen, House of Lords, Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London, United Kingdom
Networking Fund Event, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 12 June 2019
Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Loughview Suite, Floor H, Block 8 Ulster University Shore Road, Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
Networking Fund Event, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 21 May 2019
University of Birmingham, Murray Learning Centre, Building R28,University of Birmingham, United Kingdom