The purpose 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.
The aim is 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.
Network News 22 Nov 2018
Our challenges are interconnected, so our thinking has to be too. That's why we at UKERC promote the "whole systems" approach. This week Grant Wilson launches a survey asking how we should teach the next generation of energy researchers.
Blog 15 Nov 2018
On the first IVUGER event, female early-career professionals working in the broad field of decarbonisation of energy, will be gathering. Registration is open.
25 Oct 2018
UKERC and 1010 are delighted to announce that ‘The Heat Network’, a project which forms part of the UKERC Whole Systems Networking Fund is now up and running. The project will use a combination of survey work, workshops and publications to for the first time pull together those researching and innovating around sustainable heating. The first step is a survey.
Ever wondered why there aren’t more women working, innovating and researching in the energy sector?
This new insight paper examines the potential for whole systems energy research to address questions of community resilience.
Networking Fund Event, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM, 25 June 2018
Imperial College, Central London (venue TBC), United Kingdom