Calendar: Energy events

January 2014 - December 2014
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Mon 13 January 2014
All day

British Library Doctoral Open Day – Environmental Science

The British Library is home to the nation’s science collection, with a wide range of information resources from the current day and historical resources that may be of use to environmental scientists. Our Doctoral Open Day is a chance for new PhD students to discover the Library’s unique research materials. As well as an extensive collection of journals and books, we also have harder to find material, including conference proceedings, research reports, datasets and maps and are building a service specifically for the environmental science community, which will be demonstrated on the day.


Students will learn about our collections, find out how to access them, and meet our expert staff and other researchers in their field. This event is aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. We recommend that to make the most of the day attendees get a free Reader Pass before the event. A small number of £20 travel bursaries are available for students coming from outside Greater London.


British Library Conference Centre, London

13 January 2014 / 10.00 – 14.00 / £5

Booking at: http://bit.ly/19VXyvP

Tue 14 January 2014
All day

PGES: Agenda 2015: Your Britain (Labour Party energy policy)

contact Nicola for further details

Wed 15 January 2014
00:00 GMT

23:59 GMT
Next Generation Materials for Solar Photovoltaics

FREE Conference Registrations for Students

The EPSRC Supergen SuperSolar Hub is sponsoring or co-organising three meetings in the next few months. These are:

‘Advances in Photovoltaics’, a one day meeting to be held at the Institute of Physics in London on 24th September 2013

‘20GW by 2020’, a one day meeting at the Building Research Establishment, Watford on 7th November 2013

‘Next Generation Materials for Solar Photovoltaics’ to be held at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London on 15th January 2014

The SuperSolar Hub has sponsored 10 student registrations at each of these events. To qualify, you must be registered as a PhD student at a UK University working on a project involving Solar Energy. You must also be a network member of the SuperSolar Hub. The application must be approved by your supervisor. Eligible applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

No student will be awarded more than 1 free registration in each calendar year. Students must make their own travel arrangements.

Applications should be sent to Sharon Henson, the SuperSolar Hub co-ordinator: s.a.henson@lboro.ac.uk

To join the SuperSolar network visit: https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/supersolar-hub

Wed 15 January 2014
All day
Fri 17 January 2014
Tackling the ‘Climate Crunch’: strategies and concepts from the social sciences

15th-17th  January, 2014, Bradwell Youth Hostel, Nr Milton Keynes, UK

We are pleased to be able to invite applications for a place on a special collaborative workshop being held as part of an ESRC funded project called the ‘Climate Crunch.’ The ‘Climate Crunch’ is designed to develop and promote insights from six recently completed ‘ESRC Climate Change Leadership’ fellowships. The purpose of developing these insights is to inform decision makers about how the Fellowship findings can help over come the current impasse in climate politics - the 'Climate Crunch'. This workshop is based on the premise that social scientific concepts and frameworks including those of risk, governance (including multi-level governance and governance across borders), economics, rights, entitlements, responsibilities, justice (including the potential for just socio-technical transitions), discourses and problem framings, and tacit theories and models of well being have a crucial role in analysing the causes of the climate crunch and in identifying societally viable responses.


The workshop is limited to 15 places and is open to PhD students and early career researchers engaging with the above topics from different disciplinary perspectives. As well as providing an opportunity to collaborate with the Fellows in developing insights from their Fellowships, the workshop will also provide a stimulating environment in which researchers can network with their peers. The costs of second class travel from within the UK (including Northern Ireland), accommodation and meals are fully covered.


If you would like to be considered for a place, send:

·        a one page letter of application including details of your institution, research topic or area of work/responsibility, and an account of how you hope to benefit from participating in this event.            

·        a two page CV

to christopher.shaw@ouce.ox.ac.uk by the deadline of Monday, November 4th

For further information on the workshop please visit http://www.lwec.org.uk/events/public/tackling-climate-crunch

Wed 15 January 2014
All day

Vitae: Effective Researcher - the end is in sight

Effective Researcher - the end is in sight


Event overview


Audience: Postgraduate researchers

Are you in the final year of your PhD? Then this programme has been designed specifically for you. The programme focuses on completing your PhD and how to be successful in searching for jobs. In particular, this course will cover:

  • What it takes to be an effective researcher in the final stages of your PhD
  • How to plan and write a thesis
  • Recognising and managing stress
  • Expert panel answers your questions (How to prepare and manage your final stage, Completing the thesis, Having a successful viva)
  • Life after the PhD
  • An appreciation of the skills you have developed during your PhD and how these translate into future employment
  • Confidence in your ability to communicate your research and the skills you have developed
  • How to write a CV

Please complete the online application which can be found here

Wed 15 January 2014
All day

Static Energy

Static electricity
Date: 15 January 2014,

Time: 17.30 – 18.30
Venue: Total Lindsey Oil Refinery, Harvey Building (Restaurant), Rosper Road, South Killingholme DN40 3BL


Speaker: Ian Neve MEI, Head of Control and Power, Total Lindsey Oil Refinery


The EI funds the production of technical guidance in order to assist the various energy industries. This talk will focus on static electricity, and will include a video produced by the EI giving guidance relating to static electricity, the ignition risks associated with it and the controls used to eliminate or control the risks.


For more information, visit www.energyinst.org/branches/Humber/events.

Thu 16 January 2014
All day

Tour of Solar Capture Technologies

visit http://www.energyinst.org/events/view/1168

Thu 16 January 2014
All day

Lean, Green and Mean – Meeting Energy Efficiency Targets

Lean, Green and Mean – Meeting Energy Efficiency Targets
Thursday 16 January 2014

Energy Institute, London


The annual energy efficiency conference of the Energy Institute.


Energy efficiency is increasingly recognised as a vital part of the energy future and now is the time to seize the opportunity and accelerate deployment - but how is this to be achieved? This conference examines the opportunities available as well as the barriers that need to be addressed if we are to meet the UK Government's ambitious targets.


Confirmed speakers:

·       Peter Atherton, Liberium Capital

·       Malcolm Ball, Green Investment Bank

·       Dr Steven Fawkes CEng FEI, BGlobal

·       Professor Martin Fry FEI, Martin Fry Associates
Nick Katz, Honest Buildings

·       John Mulholland, Mulholland Energy Solutions

·       David Purdy FEI, Energy Efficiency Deployment Office



·       Update on UK policy on energy efficiency

·       Building demand and the impact of mandatory energy audits

·       How can behavioural psychology reduce energy consumption?

·       Strategic campaigns and motivational techniques

·       Innovations in technology, products and practice

·       How can we increase the flow of investment?

·       The impact of the Green Investment Bank

·       Utilising innovative finance models


IOP Energy Group members are entitled to attend at the reduced EI member rate when quoting IOP.


For further information about the event please visit www.energyinst.org/energy-efficiency.

Thu 16 January 2014
All day

On-land wind power

On-land wind power
Date: 16 January 2014

Time: 18.30 – 20.30

Venue: Charles Wilson Building, University of Leicester, LE1 7RH


At this free event Martin Dent, Renewable Energy Development Manager, Severn Trent Water will give a presentation on the development of renewable energy at Severn Trent since 2007.


The event will:

  • describe why they adopted renewable energy and their process for Initiating their large wind programme and initial site selection.
  • give a detailed description of the Wanlip project, from feasibility through to design, construction and community Involvement and downstream O&M
  • allow ample opportunity for Q&A


EI members are invited to this free event organised by the IET East Midlands branch Leicester Local Network. To reserve your place please register with John Parsons (details below).


For more information, please contact:


John Parsons

e: john.parsons@beama.org.uk


Mon 20 January 2014
All day

Introduction to the Media Course;

Monday 20th January 2014

09:30 to 17:00

Society of Biology, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JU


Wed 22 January 2014
All day

GB domestic energy supply: Markets in flux

GB domestic energy supply: Markets in flux

Next available workshop: 22 January 2014


Cost: £500 per delegate.


In the fifteen years since households have been able to choose their energy supplier the retail markets have evolved significantly. This training course details how suppliers have responded to the changing policy and regulatory environment and the challenges that lie ahead.


Our new GB domestic energy supply: markets in flux course delves into the shifting dynamics that underpin the retail gas and electricity markets and focuses on the cost elements and regulatory environment that suppliers take account of when constructing customer tariffs and contracts.


Delegates will learn about the size of the gas and electricity markets, how external drivers continue to change these and how suppliers have responded to these pressures in their customer offerings and sales channels.


Download the course programme.  http://www.cornwallenergy.com/cms/data/files/Courses/GB_domestic_energy_supply_markets_in_flux_newV1.pdf


Sat 25 January 2014
All day

Warwick Energy Conference

visit website

Tue 28 January 2014
All day

PRASEG & APSRG seminar: The Role of Revenue Support Schemes in the Energy-from-Waste Market

PRASEG & APSRG seminar: The Role of Revenue Support Schemes in the Energy-from-Waste Market


Tuesday 28 January 2014, 16.00 – 18.00


PRASEG and the The Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) are delighted to invite you to a joint seminar examining the role of subsidies, or revenue support schemes, in the Energy from Waste (EfW) market. Join us for a discussion of how effective these subsidy regimes have been, whether or not technology neutrality is maintained in policies in this area and what impact different revenue support policies have had on investor confidence in the EfW sector.


Speakers include:

Dr Nina Skorupska – Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Association

George Giles – Head of Renewable Power, Siemens Industry

Philip Kent – Senior Investment Manager, Foresight Group

Olivier Fricot – European Head of Power & Renewables Lending, Investec

Representative – Department for Energy and Climate Change (tbc)


This event will be chaired by Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Co-Chair, APSRG & Chair, PRASEG


Two places available for network researchers on a first come, first served basis.  Email Nicola.

Tue 28 January 2014
All day

WWF Seminar and Drinks Reception: Decarbonising Britain

WWF Seminar and Drinks Reception: Decarbonising Britain

Tuesday 28th January, 6.15 for 6.30pm - The event will be followed by a drinks reception at 8pm

One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA


WWF-UK invites you to join a debate on the business case for decarbonising the UK economy on Tuesday 28 January at 6.30pm at One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA followed by a drinks reception. The event will look in particular at the implications of the Fourth Carbon Budget from a range of economic and business perspectives.


Chair: Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times



Ian Cheshire, Group CEO, Kingfisher plc

Adrian Gault, Chief Economist, Committee on Climate Change

Gareth Stace, Head of Climate and Environmental Policy, EEF

Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager, Head of Asset Management, Dong Energy Wind Power

Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva


Please confirm your attendance by reply to carbonbudget@wwf.org.uk by 5pm on 21st January

Wed 29 January 2014
All day

Joint Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Electricity Storage Network (ESN) Annual Meeting

The EPSRC-funded Energy Storage Research Network (ESRN: www.esrn.co.uk) is providing support for UK students to cover the student registration fee for the 2014 Joint Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Electricity Storage Network (ESN) Annual Meeting.


The IMechE-ESN Annual Meeting will be held at the IMechE on Wednesday 29 January 2014.


If you are interested in applying for the ESRN support, please contact Jill Cainey at the Electricity Storage Network, jill@electrictystorage.co.uk, telephone 01666 840948. Jill will process your application and subsequent registration.


For more information on the meeting please see: http://events.imeche.org/EventView.aspx?EventID=2188

Wed 29 January 2014
All day

WHAT DO WE NEEDTO DO TO MAKE IT HAPPEN? An open symposium on developing the market for electricity storage


An open symposium on developing the market for electricity storage

Wednesday 29 January 2014, The Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA

Electrical energy storage should be an important part of the strategy for the future operation of the power network, balancing the requirements for sustainability, reliability and economy.

More than 23 advanced electrical energy storage projects have been installed, constructed or planned in the UK since 2008, and it is no longer a question of waiting for technology, but a question of declaring a strategy for development of storage. The Electricity Storage Network is calling for the right commercial context in the electricity market, beyond the current rounds of support from OFGEM’s Low Carbon Network Fund and the DECC’s Innovation Competition. Join the debate on how to create a market for electrical energy storage and develop a policy framework that turns the good ideas into commercial reality.

This symposium, run by the Electricity Storage Network brings together special interest groups, policy makers, developers and researchers to evaluate current policies, debate future actions & set out a strategy for encouraging growth in electricity storage. With critical changes in the structure of the nation’s energy market taking place, now is the time for the industry to come together to tackle this important issue.

Topics for debate in this symposium will include:

How do we balance the need for large scale and small scale storage?

What is the impact of wind power and solar on the need for storage?

Do subsidies for renewables distort the market

Is there a point in setting a target for electricity storage?

If so, do we need intervention to reach the target?

How do we build a market for storage services in the power markets of the UK?

What can we learn from other countries?

Register online through www.electricitystorage.co.uk

Thu 30 January 2014
07:00 GMT

08:00 GMT
Hydrogen: A vital element for our sustainable future

To register - please go to:

Tue 04 February 2014
All day

PRASEG & APPCCG event – CCSA & TUC Report Launch: The Economic Benefits of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the UK

PRASEG & APPCCG event – CCSA & TUC Report Launch: The Economic Benefits of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the UK


Tuesday 4th February 2014; 11:00 – 12:30, Committee Room 6, House of Commons,


I am pleased to invite you to this joint event by PRASEG and the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG), launching a new report by The Carbon Capture & Storage Association (CCSA) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) titled “The Economic Benefits of CCS in the UK”. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is now seen as a critical part of the world’s future low-carbon energy portfolio. Leading climate change institutions agree on the crucial role for CCS in cost effectively realising global emissions reduction targets.


The importance of CCS cannot be understated – in the UK alone, the costs of delivering a low-carbon energy mix without CCS are estimated to increase dramatically. The UK has reached a defining moment with regards to the future of a successful CCS industry. This report argues that decisions taken now, and actions taken over the next 7–10 years, will determine the ability of ‘UK plc’ to take advantage of its natural assets (physical and human) and capitalise on the investment, employment and export potential of the sector. The report specifically focusses on the wider economic benefits of CCS such as the impact on consumer bills and cumulative market value by 2030, as well as the important role of CCS in helping to secure the long term future of our energy intensive industries. The report also highlights the unique opportunity for the UK to become a leading global player in the CCS sector, given its significant access to the natural resources, engineering and other skills needed to develop and support this industry.

Chair: Joan Walley MP

Tue 04 February 2014
All day

PGES: Nuclear: Supplying the skills demands of the UK

contact Nicola for further information

Wed 05 February 2014
All day

The Chartership Debate: Is it for me?


Wed 05 February 2014
All day

Advances in Concentrator Photovoltaics

Advances in Concentrator Photovoltaics
Wednesday 5th February 2014, Imperial College, London

This one-day meeting provides a forum to assess the current state of the art. It brings together a list of distinguished invited speakers with extensive University and Industrial expertise.

Organised by Institute of Energy (Cardiff University), Energy Futures Laboratory (Imperial College) and the EPSRC SUPERGEN SuperSolar Hub.


Dr Ned Ekins-Daukes, Imperial College London, “Roadmap to 50% efficient CPV cells: opportunities and constraints”.

Dr Geoff Duggan, FullSun Photovoltaics, “Evolution of HCPV module design”.

Dr Luke Robinson, SunFish Solar, “Drying Sewage, Greening the Desert and Cooling Malls with Multijunction Solar Cells”.

Dr Gerald Siefer, Fraunhofer ISE, “Challenges for the measurements of CPV cells and modules”.

Dr Andy Johnson, IQE plc, “Volume manufacture of multi-junction solar cells: achieving the desired cost point for current and future generation cells”. 

Further 10 minute oral contributions and a limited number of poster presentations are invited. A title should be sent by Friday 10th January 2014 to:

Sharon Henson, EPSRC SUPERGEN Supersolar Project Coordinator,

CREST, School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering,

Loughborough University, LE11 3TU.  

Tel: 01509 227128    


Exhibition table-tops are also available. For more information please contact Darren Grey d.grey@imperial.ac.uk.

Organising committee

Chair: Tracy Sweet (Cardiff University) sweett@cardiff.ac.uk, Ned Ekins-Daukes (Imperial College London), Darren Grey (Imperial College London), Michael Walls (Loughborough University)

Fri 07 February 2014
All day

'Spatial Variation in Energy Use, Attitudes and Behaviours: Implications for Smart Grids and Energy Demand'

You are invited to participate in the workshop 'Spatial Variation in Energy Use, Attitudes and Behaviours: Implications for Smart Grids and Energy Demand' on the 7th February 2014, at the University of Westminster, London.


The move from today’s centralised, carbon-intensive model of generation, transmission and distribution to a decentralised low carbon alternative is likely to increase the visibility of differences in energy demands. On the one hand, the transition to a system where the cost of providing an extra unit of energy is more reflective of actual costs should enable a better fit between consumers’ demand and tariffs that suit their lifestyles as well as more efficient use of infrastructure. On the other, this poses an important policy challenge as householders who are unable to take advantage of these changes due to financial, physical, socio-economic, educational, socio-structural, lifestyle or normative constraints may be disadvantaged.


Whilst publicly available data on the spatial variation of existing energy demand has improved significantly in recent years (e.g. DECC Sub-national Energy Consumption Statistics), the focus of analysis is still overwhelmingly at the national or regional level. However, spatial variation in energy use, attitudes and perceptions of low carbon technologies (electric vehicles, heat pumps etc.) and pro-environmental behaviours have significant implications for policy within and between countries. Without such an understanding, the likely spatial variation in consumers’ adoption and acceptance of the wide range of services that smart grid technologies can provide will be a significant unknown factor, undermining the realisation of benefits that can be achieved in a smarter future energy system. Understanding this spatial variation in, for example, the uptake of dynamic and differentiated tariffs and technologies like local energy production is therefore crucial to assessing the socio-economic, infrastructural and energy and carbon implications.


The aim of this workshop is to bring together a range of research and policy stakeholders to share recent results and to initiate discussions that can lead to a suitable synthesis of evidence in support of appropriate public policies and commercial strategies. It is organised by Nazmiye Balta-Ozkan (University of Westminster) in collaboration with Ben Anderson (University of Southampton).


In order to attend the event, please register at the following link:


Tue 11 February 2014
All day

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards

11th February 2014, 19:00 – 22:00 (followed by a Casino open till late), Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1K 7TN

As energy policy becomes one of the most serious issues facing governments in the UK and internationally, these important Awards recognise and reward the best examples of actual performance, innovation and practice in optimising how buildings work. New for the 2014 Building Performance Awards, CIBSE has introduced the ‘International Project of the Year’ category with projects shortlisted in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Italy and Singapore.

The Awards will be presented by journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant and Mike Davies, CBE, will be guest speaker.

For more information, please visit www.cibseawards.org

Wed 12 February 2014
All day

UK Energy Policy - where did it all go wrong?

UK Energy Policy - where did it all go wrong?<http://energyinst.org/events/view/1182>


Date: 12 February 2014

Time: 15.00 – 17.00


Venue: Agriculture Building, Room AGRB.3.02, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU

Mon 17 February 2014
All day
Wed 19 February 2014
IP Week
  • Sponsored IP Week places and professional development activities for graduate members of the EI

Date: 17-19 February 2014
The EI has a limited number of sponsored places available to all three days of the prestigious IP week conference and graduate programme in February 2014. (All conference fees and lunch are covered, participants will need to fund their own travel and accommodation.) To apply for a sponsored place please complete the application form available at the bottom of the page here: http://www.energyinst.org/events/ip-week/pdprogramme. Return via email to kdinwiddy@energyinst.org by 31 October 2013. Successful applicants will be notified of their place by 21 November 2013.

Thu 20 February 2014
07:00 GMT

08:00 GMT
"Power-to-Gas: Energy Storage and Methanation” webinar

"Power-to-Gas: Energy Storage and Methanation” 

Webinar organised jointly by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Group of the Energy Generation and Supply KTN and the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

Dear member of the Energy Generation and Supply KTN

You’re invited to attend the “Power to Gas: Energy Storage and Methanation” webinar which will be held on the 20th of February 2014, from 2pm to 3.30pm, GMT. The session will include a presentation from Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, followed by a question and answer session.

Please register at: https://p2gwebinar.eventbrite.com by Thursday 6th of February. Dial-in details will be circulated to registered attendees closer to the date.

Graham’s presentation will outline the principles of energy storage, grid balancing and demand side management and the role that hydrogen can play in improving the utilisation of renewable power. Power-to-Gas Energy Storage and the use of Methanation to increase the percentages of renewable gas that can be utilised in the gas grid will also be outlined. The use of hydrogen as an energy vector for the development of Renewable Heat solutions will also be explored.

“Power-to-Gas” in a few words:

Injection of hydrogen produced by electrolysis into the gas grid is a rapidly emerging means of storing renewable energy. Mediating between the two major energy grids is a large scale, long duration energy storage method which is modular, scalable and low cost. In some geographical locations, the close proximity of wind farms or electricity transmission and distribution (T&D) bottlenecks and the gas grid, invites the co-location of an electrolyser plant to transform renewable power to hydrogen for mixing and transmission via the gas grid. This approach is a major pathway for assisting the continued integration of renewable power whilst reducing the cost of T&D reinforcement and reducing consumption of natural gas.

 About the speaker:

Dr Graham Cooley is a power industry specialist with particular interest in Renewable Power, Energy Storage and Clean Fuel. He has over twenty years’ experience of introducing new technology solutions and delivering rapid business growth in the Energy and Process Industry sectors. Graham joined ITM on 29 June 2009 as CEO. Before joining Graham was CEO of Sensortec and Universal Sensors, founding CEO of Metalysis Ltd, a spin out of Cambridge University, and founding CEO of Antenova Ltd. He was Business Development Manager for National Power Plc and International Power Plc and developed the Regenesys energy storage technology which was acquired by RWE from Innogy. He serves as a Member of the Executive Committee of the US Fuel Cell Council (USFCC) and as a Member of the Executive Team of the UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA).

Wed 26 February 2014
All day

PRASEG: Heat Networks: how to make low carbon affordable heat a reality

Heat Networks: how to make low carbon affordable heat a reality

Wednesday 26th February 2014, 16:00 – 18:00, Committee Room 9




  • Mike Crockart MP, Liberal Democrat Member for Edinburgh West  (invited)
  • Mike Weatherley MP, Conservative Member for Hove (invited)
  • Stephen Brooks, Investment Director at the Heat Network Delivery Unit (HNDU)
  • Tim Rotheray, Director at Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA)
  • Jeremy Bungey, Head of Community Energy at E.ON
  • Lucy Padfield, Energy Manager at the London Borough of Islington (invited)



  • Dr Alan Whitehead MP, PRASEG Chair


Too often the energy debate in the UK has focussed disproportionate attention on electricity generation, however in recent years the importance of heat energy has started to be recognised. As part of this, the potential of Heat Networks - as a source of efficient, secure, affordable, low carbon heat - has gained attention.


Heat accounts for nearly half of all the UK’s energy use of which 70% comes from natural gas, the price of which is ever rising. Gas is also a major contributor to the UK’s green house gas emissions, which will need to be reduced substantially if the UK is to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Innovative, low cost, low carbon heat solutions are therefore essential to addressing the UKs future energy needs.


“The Future of Heating: Meeting the Challenge” published by the Department of Energy & Climate Change in March 2013 described Heat Networks as “an important part of the least cost mix needed by 2050”, as this technology ticks the important boxes of being low carbon and affordable. The report also recognised their enormous potential, stating “up to 20% of UK domestic heat might be served by heat networks in 2030”.


Across Europe this technology is already well established and plays a prominent role in delivering heat and electricity to consumers, as the strategy noted, in Denmark Heat Networks (through CHP) contributed 45% of national electricity generation and 13% of Germany’s in 2009. Starting from a much lower base however (only 2% of domestic, public sector & commercial heat demand in the UK is provided by Heat Networks) there is much that must be done if the UK is to achieve similar widespread deployment.


Recognising this, the Government established the Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) to work with local authorities in developing Heat Network plans, backed up and supported by a development funding stream of £6 million across 2013/14 & 2014/15. These developments are reasons for optimism, but barriers to delivery of successful projects will need to be tackled if the UK is to realise the full potential of Heat Networks.


With this in mind, this seminar will discuss the following questions:

  • How can Heat Networks be best developed to deliver local supplies of secure, affordable and low carbon heat?
  • What are the barriers to delivering Heat Network? How can they be overcome?
  • What role can local authorities and communities play in delivering Heat Network projects across the UK’s towns and cities, and what are benefits will they deliver?
  • What further steps need to be taken to enable Heat Networks to achieve its potential scale as identified in the Heat Strategy?


Thu 27 February 2014
All day

Recasting Europe’s energy and climate policy


The Future and Emerging Opportunities group of the EG&S KTN is glad to announce the next lunch time webinar!


We will address some key issues of today and tomorrow energy

landscape thanks to an expert and excellent speaker. The title of the

webinar is Recasting Europe’s energy and climate policy and the following topics will be addressed during the first part of the webinar: 


  • Current policy and the energy and climate targets for 2020.
  • Slower

    progress towards energy market integration through building
    cross-border interconnectors and agreeing cross-border trading

    arrangements. Commission attempts to speed this up.
  • Faster

    fragmentation of the EU energy market due to rapid development of
    national renewable schemes/subsidies and of national mechanisms for

    back-up capacity. Commission attempts to control this. 
  • Rising energy prices create concerns about the international competitiveness of European industry.
  • Commission’s 2014 proposals for 2030 energy and climate goals and for a recasting of energy policy. 

During the second part of the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to the speaker.


Speaker profile

David Buchan

has been a senior research fellow since 2007 at the Oxford Institute
for Energy Studies. Before that he was a career journalist with the
Economist and the Financial Times (including two postings in Brussels).
He is the author of ‘Energy and Climate Change: Europe at the
Crossroads’ (2009, OUP) and ‘the Rough Guide to the Energy Crisis’

(2010, Penguin).




Thu 27 February 2014
00:00 GMT

23:59 GMT
Public Engagement with Postgraduate Education

Public Engagement with Postgraduate Education



27 February 2014



9.30 - 4.30





University of Surrey


£215 per person from UK Council for Graduate Education member institutions (most Energy CDT Network universities are members but you can double check on the UKCGE website)



Public Engagement is a growth area in Higher Education with Research Councils including it as recommended good practice and many institutions considering what it means to be an ‘engaged University’. It is also an activity that many PGRs would like to get involved with. The concept of engagement is rapidly evolving from speaking to school children to participating in festivals, and from testing out research findings on users to actively involving ‘the public’ in research design. Not only is the variety of activity becoming more adventurous but, as the concept grows, the range of possibilities for engagement is expanding – the key question is how should students and their supervisors respond to this? Other questions addressed in the workshop are: How should institutions support PGRs and their supervisors? What are the benefits of Public Engagement for doctoral researchers and their supervisors, and can the doctoral process make space for yet another activity or does this kind of activity detract from the research process?

This event is aimed at supervisors and Doctoral researchers who would like to get involved with Public Engagement but are not quite sure of how to go about it; the event is also for those who have experiences and examples to share, and for those who are simply curious and would like to know more about engagement.

Through examples of PGR public engagement activity, the sharing of different experiences, and offering some insights into future trends affecting research and institutional support, this event will provide the participants with the opportunity to explore the potential for PGRs to engage with ‘public engagement’ and to discuss some of the joys and challenges they might face.


Speakers Include:

Professor Jim Al Khalili, Professor of Public Engagement, University of Surrey

Dr Richard Holliman, Champion for Public Engagement with Research, Open University


Call for Posters from Doctoral Researchers

We are particularly inviting doctoral researchers who are willing to showcase their public engagement activity through a poster. These posters will be displayed over an extended lunch break so that participants will be able to engage with those who have actively engaged in this process. A small prize will be available for the poster considered, on the day, to be the most engaging.

Should you wish to display a poster at the event, please contact Angus Burns, UKCGE Events Officer.


Venue information

The workshop will take place in the SPLASH area of the Library Learning Centre on the University of Surrey's Stag Hill Campus in Guildford. Details can be found here.


Book here: https://www.ukcge.ac.uk/main.php?main=events&Workshop=Public%20Engagement%20with%20Postgraduate%20Education&utm_source=The+Postgraduate&utm_campaign=cbf61b02fe-Public_Engagement_2014_11_16_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_75992163c9-cbf61b02fe-48861697


Thu 27 February 2014
All day

Next steps for Carbon Capture and Storage in the UK

Conrtact Nicola to register interest


Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar

Next steps for Carbon Capture and Storage in the UK



Dr Jeff Chapman, Emeritus Director, Carbon Capture & Storage Association; Professor Jon Gibbins, Centre Director, UKCCS Research Centre and Leigh Hackett, Vice President and General Manager, Carbon Capture and Storage, Alstom


Ian Phillips, CO2 DeepStore; Allan Baker, Societe Generale; Alastair Rennie, AMEC; Professor Dermot Roddy, Five-Quarter; Naser Odeh, Ricardo AEA and Professor Jim Watson, UK Energy Research Centre


Morning, Thursday, 27th February 2014

Central London


Tue 04 March 2014
All day
Thu 06 March 2014
World Bio Market Conference

World Bio Markets Conference, The Netherlands

Tue 04 March 2014
All day
Wed 05 March 2014
Energy 2050 and beyond

What will the

UK energy system look like in 2050 and beyond? What are the major
economic, environmental and social drivers that will determine the
future direction of energy policy and what are the technical

developments that will create new opportunities?


Attend Energy 2050 and beyond to learn about the latest

technologies and contribute to the debate on the focus for medium term

research, development and policy decisions.


Hear up-to-date evidence and develop scenarios that evaluate and

extend options from the government’s ‘pathways to 2050’ work, and help
to influence a briefing paper to be presented to the UK Government as a
contribution to their strategic plans for the UK energy sector beyond



Energy 2050 and beyond is organised by the following organisations:
• Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Power Industries Division)
• Institution of Engineering and Technology
• Nuclear Institute
• Royal Academy of Engineering

And supported by:
• Department of Energy & Climate Change
• Energy Institute
• Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group)
• Institution of Chemical Engineers
• Institution of Civil Engineers

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sir Mark Walport, DECC
  • Dr Jason Lowe, Met Office
  • Dr Thomas Counsell, DECC
  • Roger B Street, UKCIP
  • Ian Arbon, Consultant
  • David Mackay, DECC
  • Jo Coleman, Deputy Director-Strategy Development, ETI
  • David Infield, University of Strathclyde
  • Dave Openshaw, UK Power Networks
  • Dr Martin Ashcroft, Tata Chemicals Europe
  • Simon Woodward, Cofely District Energy
  • Dr Nick Eyre, University of Oxford
  • Julian Allwood, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Raj Aggarwal, University of Bath
  • David Smith, National Grid Gas Transmission
  • Professor Keith Guy, Esprit Associates
  • Professor John Urry, Lancaster University
  • Professor Roger Kemp, Lancaster University
  • Professor David Cebon, Cambridge University
  • Nikolas Hill, Ricardo-AEA


To book your place, follow the 'Book/Register Now' link at the top of this page.

To register an interest or to find out more information, contact Karen Roadnight at k_roadnight@imeche.org or call +44 (0)20 7973 1260.

Mon 10 March 2014
All day

The Enterprising Researcher

The enterprising researcher- innovating your career Impact Day'

overarching aim is to get you thinking about enterprise in a broad sense
and to apply the behaviours associated with being enterprising and self

leadership to your career development.


After attending the Impact Day, you will be able to:
• Recognise enterprise and intrapreneurship behaviour in your own research environment
• Understand your own enterprising behaviour
• Recognise how you can be enterprising in your own career development and take ownership of your own career development

• Understand the key capabilities that future employees including
academia require and understand that being enterprising enhances career

• Create and maintain personal action plans – based on 8 common descriptors of the RDF





Tue 11 March 2014
All day

PGES: Ofgem: Implementing the Energy Act

contact Nicola for futher information

Tue 11 March 2014
All day
Thu 13 March 2014
International Bioenergy Conference 2014

Organised by RCUK and held at Manchester Central Convention Complex. Visit the website for further information.

Tue 18 March 2014
All day

Will new electricity investments flow?

Will new electricity investments flow? 
High level seminar and networking lunch

London, 18 March 2014



The fundamental purpose of Electricity Market Reform (EMR) is essentially to ensure sufficient future investment, in low carbon electricity generation including nuclear, renewables and CCS.

Now that primary legislation has been passed, and secondary legislation is being prepared, it is a good time to ask whether what we already know about EMR suggests this purpose is likely to be achieved. This seminar will hear different views from government and industry, and offer plenty of opportunity for structured interaction with the audience.

Confirmed speakers:


Owain Ellis, Project Director, Infrastructure UK

Daniel Wong, Head of Infrastructure and Real Estate, Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited

Nick Winser CBE FEI, Executive Director, UK National Grid


In the chair Michael Gibbons OBE FEI



10.30 Registration, tea and coffee
11.00-13.00 Speakers and questions

13.00-14.00 Buffet Lunch 


Venue: CMS Cameron McKenna (CMCK)  Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4DD

Wed 19 March 2014
All day

Public attitudes to science in 2014 – how far have we come in 25 years in Britain?

Title: Public attitudes to science in 2014 – how far have we come in 25 years in Britain?


Abstract: Public Attitudes to Science 2014 is the fifth in the series of studies looking at attitudes to science, scientists and science policy among the UK public. In the seminar we will explore the mix of research and methodologies used; present key findings, including long term trends; address changes in the segmentation; and share our insights on the way we carried out the study


Speakers: Kerry Seelhoff (BIS) & Jayesh Navin Shah (Research Manager, Ipsos MORI)


Date, Time and Location:
Wednesday 19th March 2014

Venue: STC.314, St Clement's, LSE




About the Seminar Series
The London PUS seminar is an interdisciplinary intercollegiate seminar concerned with the broad range of topics that fall under the headings of public understanding of science, public engagement with science, science communication, and science-in-society.  It has been run jointly between LSE and UCL since 1993 and is open to all. Our participants predominantly come from a wide range of academic disciplines, and the science policy and science communication/public engagement communities. It is currently supported by the Public Understanding of Science journal published by SAGE and the Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL


Thu 20 March 2014
All day

Tour of Siemens Gas Turbine production and testing - Ruston Works Lincoln

Tour of Siemens Gas Turbine production and testing - Ruston Works Lincoln
Date: 20 March 2014

Time: 13.30 – 16.00

Venue: Siemens Ruston Works, Pelham Street, Lincoln LN5 7FD

The EI Humber branch are organising this free site visit which will include a presentation and tour of the Gas Turbine Production facilities at Lincoln.


There will also be an opportunity to see and hear about the emissions testing facilities as the effect on  the environment is an important aspect of their use.


Light refreshments will be provided along with an optional talk on emissions testing.


Places at this free event are limited so please register in advance by 26 February with Tim Brant (details below).

For more information or to register, please contact

Tim Brant FEI

EI Humber branch

t: +44 (0)1472 851130

e: tim.brant@virgin.net


Mon 24 March 2014
07:00 GMT

08:00 GMT
The future for the Green Deal: engagement, integration and tackling fuel poverty

Contact Nicola for further details

Tue 25 March 2014
00:00 GMT

23:59 GMT
PRASEG Reception sponsored by the Green Skills Alliance: supply chain skills and innovation in practice

PRASEG Reception sponsored by the Green Skills Alliance: supply chain skills and innovation in practice 
Tuesday 25 March 2014, 16.00 – 18.00, House of Commons



  • Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills  (invited)
  • Nigel Hollett, Chair of the Green Skills Alliance (GSA)
  • Simon Perryman, Executive Director of UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)
  • Russell Smith, Director at Retrofit Works
  • Grahams Plumbers Merchants, speaker TBC

Contact Nicola to secure a place

Wed 26 March 2014
All day
Thu 27 March 2014
IQ SCENE workshop (Innovative techniques for Quantitative SCenarios in Energy and Environmental research)

IQ SCENE workshop (Innovative techniques for Quantitative SCenarios in Energy and Environmental research) that will take place on 26-27 March 2014 at University College London. This is a joint initiative between University College London and CIRED (France) and it aims to bring together international researchers, working with innovative techniques for developing, analysing and choosing quantitative scenarios in the energy and environmental fields.

The deadline for abstract submission is 16 December 2013. The Call for Abstracts is available at: http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/energy/wholesem/wholesem-events-repository/iq-scene

Wed 26 March 2014
All day
Thu 27 March 2014
10th International hydrogen and fuel cells technicla conference


Thu 27 March 2014
All day



Chairman for the day: Chris Murray, Chairman EG&S KTN and CEO Xoserve
Keynote speakers:
Michael Jampel, Head of EEDO finance and delivery, DECC
Rob Saunders, Head of Eneryg, Technology Strategy Board
Presenations from: SSE, NPL, Moixa, UKERC, Green Alliance, and others

The future energy landscape will be characterised by a complex mix of technologies generating, transmitting, distributing and storing energy. These technologies will range from larger scale installations such as nuclear power stations and offshore wind farms, to smaller scale installations such as wind, biomass, solar, hydro, combined heat and power, and energy from waste etc. This second group of generating systems will be much more localised in its operation and, potentially, the communities that the systems serve. This will bring both benefits and challenges not present in traditional generating systems.
The challenge will be to match the development of innovative, and most likely disruptive, localised energy systems with the multi-faceted needs of the communities in which the systems will be resident through the wider transmission and distribution network to the large-scale generation operators. This conference will look at four of the main parts of the UK's future localised energy system namely: power generation; future cities; future transport and transport systems and data integration and security. The afternoon will focus on public perception issues and funding opportunities.


• To provide an update on what the UK must do to stimulate the cross-sectorial innovation needed in this arena
• To hear from major stakeholders from various sectors on their strategy for: the implementation and integration of localised energy
• To hear plans for what the future localised energy system in the UK may look like
• To discuss the risks and socio/techno/economic issues that need to be addressed to ensure that the most appropriate localised energy systems are developed and adopted



Fri 28 March 2014
All day

Vitae: Effective Researcher - Effective progress

Effective Researcher - Effective progress28 March 2014

Event overview




Postgraduate researchers early in the second year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) doctoral research


  • To help you maintain the momentum of your doctorate as you enter your second year (full-time equivalent)
  • To refocus on the wider process of successfully completing your doctorate on time

This course has been designed to help you navigate this extremely challenging middle part of your doctorate. It is an opportunity to review what you have done to date, and explore how that relates to what you need to achieve overall, as well as looking ahead to what needs to be done in the short- to medium-term future.

What will you gain?

This course offers you the opportunity to:

  • (Re-)Clarify where you are within the doctoral process
  • Consider some critical success factors for the second year of a doctorate
  • Identify, clarify and be able to express clearly and cogently your research hypothesis (the thesis in your thesis), and possibly some research questions
  • Begin to focus on what your thesis should look like (structure), including considering the assessment criteria
  • Focus on managing that process
  • Set out your individual plan for the coming year, and agree a review procedure for it


To book:

Please complete the online application form which can be found here


Tue 01 April 2014
All day

UCL-Energy & UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources public lecture

'BP Energy Outlook 2035', Dr Christof Ruhl,  Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc


Tuesday 1 April 2014 from 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Kennedy Lecture Theatre, Institute Of Child Health, 30 Guilford St, WC1N 1EH, London

We are pleased to announce that Dr Christof Rühl, Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc will be speaking at the first joint public lecture with our partner institute UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources for 2014. Dr Rühl manages BP's global Economics Team, which produces the annual Statistical Review of World Energy & Global Energy Outlook. In this lecture he will outline the major features of the BP Energy Outlook 2035, and the role of carbon pricing in seeking to encourage a transition to a low-carbon energy system.

Biography:  Christof has a distinguished track record in both academia and economic policy making. Prior to joining BP, he was at the World Bank (1998-2005) where he served as the Bank’s Chief Economist in Russia and in Brazil. Before that, Christof worked in the Office of the Chief Economist at the EBRD in London. Previously, he was an academic economist, first in Germany and from 1991 as Professor of Economics at the University of California in Los Angeles. In addition, Christof held Visiting Professorships at academic institutions worldwide, amongst them the University of Chicago. His areas of specialisation are macroeconomics and energy economics; he has published widely in these fields.


We expect this event to be extremely popular, and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you are no longer able to attend please email sustainable-resources@ucl.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Wed 02 April 2014
All day

New biomass power station and district heating scheme in Blackburn Meadows, Sheffield

New biomass power station and district heating scheme in Blackburn Meadows, Sheffield

Date: 2 April 2014

Time: 15:45-17.00

Venue: Tata Steel, Swinden Technology Centre, Moorgate, Rotherham S60 2UD


The new E.ON biomass power station in Blackburn Meadows, South Yorkshire will generate 29MW electrical output, enough for around 40,000 homes, by converting UK-sourced recycled waste wood into electricity. The plant, which is due to come online in the next weeks, will also displace the emissions of around 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year (the equivalent of taking more than 20,000 cars off the UK’s roads each year) by burning carbon neutral fuel in place of traditional fossil fuels like coal and gas.


At this event, we will hear from Steve Marsh, Senior Business Development Manager at E.ON, on this opportunity to make a contribution to South Yorkshire and the wider region’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The talk will specifically focus on the proposed district energy scheme, which will supply heat to neighbouring commercial and industrial establishments, further boosting the project’s green status and efficiency.


Please arrive promptly at 15.45 as a mandatory health and safety induction will take place prior to the event, late arrivals will have to be excluded. The main entrance to the venue is opposite the Rotherham General Hospital Entrance. Please follow signs to Reception.


This is a joint event with the Institute of Chemical Engineers – Sheffield Members Group. The talk will last approximately one hour, including a Q&A session.

 Registration is essential for security purposes. Please register your interest with Andrew Mallalieu CEng FEI, Branch Secretary, (contact details below) before 28 March.


Thu 03 April 2014
All day

Visit to Birmingham Airport (and branch AGM)

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the West Midlands and Mid Wales branch of the Energy Institute (EI) will take place at Birmingham Airport. As is traditional, the AGM will be combined with a site visit. This year we have been fortunate in getting permission to visit Birmingham Airport.


Visit to Birmingham Airport (and branch AGM)

3 April 2014, 14.00 - 18.00


The programme for the visit is as follows:

14.00  Welcome
14.10  Runway extension project 
14.30  Overview of airport environmental issues and airport carbon footprint 
14.50  Energy presentation
               - Live demonstration of metering/energy information system
               - Energy projects (BMS, HVAC , Lighting, TRIAD)
               - Renewable energy (PV panels, ground source heat pumps and biomass CHP)
15.40  Airport visit terminal buildings
16.30  Tea
17.30  AGM

Whilst only members may take part in the AGM, the airport is happy that guests of members may come to the presentations, tour of the terminal buildings and tea.


Please confirm that you will be attending and if you are bringing any guests. A copy of the agenda and other documentation for the AGM together with fuller details of the afternoon's arrangements including details of free car parking for the event will be provided.


For more information, please contact:


David Bryan CEng MEI Chartered Energy Engineer

Publicity Officer, EI West Midlands and Mid Wales branch

e: david.j.bryan@btinternet.com


Thu 03 April 2014
All day

Onshore gas exploration, development and production – a commercial perspective

Onshore gas exploration, development and production – a commercial perspective

Date: 3 April 2014

Time: 17.30 - 19.00

Venue: Village Hotel, Henry Boot Way, Priory Way, Hessle, Hull HU4 7DY


The subject of onshore gas production and the use of fracking has become a high profile topic and this talk will outline the issues facing gas companies from a commercial perspective. The speaker is Mr David Montague-Smith, Chairman, Rathlin Energy, who have production sites in Yorkshire and exploratory sites near Beverley.


The talk will be 30 – 40 minutes with time allowed for questions. 

There is no charge to attend but space is limited so please register your attendance.


For more information and to confirm your place, please contact:

Tim Brant FEI

EI Humber branch

t: +44 (0)1472 851130

e: tim.brant@virgin.net


Thu 03 April 2014
All day

‘Powering the roof of the world’: A documentary by EF-CDT students Chris Emmott (Physics) and Chris Mazur (ESE).

‘Powering the roof of the world’: A documentary by EF-CDT students Chris Emmott (Physics) and Chris Mazur (ESE). 
In late 2012 Chris & Chris were awarded funding from the EF-CDT to go to Nepal and make film highlighting the energy landscape in Nepal.  (See synopsis below)


Tea and coffee will be available before the showing, from 18:00.  The film will begin at 18:30 and Chris & Chris will take questions after the film has finished during the wine reception.    

Date: Thursday 3rd April

Timing: Coffee from 18:00, Film starts at 18:30

Location: Imperial College Union Concert Hall, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BB

Tickets are free, but we request that you register here to secure your place as numbers are limited. 



Powering the Roof of the World

Nepal resides in a unique situation, trapped between two countries which are rapidly becoming the world’s largest energy consumers; it has vast clean energy resources, but as yet has had little success in harnessing enough to satisfy even its own modest domestic needs. Powering the Roof of the World examines the transition of the country’s energy system explores the challenges that this developing nation is facing in the current global geopolitical environment. With 1.2 billion people around the world having no access to electricity, and many more with an unreliable supply, Nepal's challenges are echoed throughout the world. Through interviews with those in charge as well as the people whose daily lives are impacted, this film tries to ask the question: what is Nepal's energy future?

Thu 03 April 2014
All day

Making Energy Publics

Making Energy Publics

 Thursday 3rd April, 10.30 until 16.30

UEA London, 102 Middlesex St.

 A seminar organised by Jason Chilvers and Helen Pallett of the 3S Group at UEA (http://www.3s.uea.ac.uk), as part of the OU Publics then, now and beyond network’s travelling seminar series (http://publicsnetwork.wordpress.com).

 Speakers: Andrew Barry (UCL); Linda Soneryd (University of Gothenburg); Alison Mohr (University of Nottingham); Tom Hargreaves and Noel Longhurst (UEA); Nick Mahony and Hilde Stephansen (Open University).

 What publics think, know, say and do has become a central concern of energy research and policy. Existing approaches tend to imagine an external public existing in a natural state waiting to be revealed, engaged, or mobilised by science and democracy. Yet, energy publics are actively brought into being by the ways one seeks to know and move them. This seminar - a collaboration between the Open University Publics then, now and beyond network and the EPSRC Realising Transition Pathways Project - explores the possible academic and practical value of radically rethinking energy publics as being emergent and coproduced in relation to social, technical and political orders. In doing so it has three main areas of concern and possible contribution.    

 1.      To consider competing theoretical explanations for the coproduction, making and mediation of energy publics – including the relative roles of technologies, objects, issues, procedures, settings, imaginaries, and forms of human action in shaping (and being shaped by) instances and practices of public formation.


2.      To open up a more ‘system-wide’ and symmetrical exploration of the diverse sites and forms of making energy publics – ranging from public deliberations on energy policy through to performing smart technologies in the home, and from grassroots energy innovations through to forms of public protest – than mainstream social science theories and approaches which attend to specific parts of the energy ‘system’ and/or particular publics (like rational actors, consumers, deliberative citizens, civil society, users, everyday practitioners).

 3.      To consider how relations between science, governance and society would need to be reconfigured in order to better account for the inherent uncertainties, diversities, materialities, and competing visions of emergent energy publics.


The event is free and open to all but places are limited. To register please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-energy-publics-tickets-10486209535

Fri 04 April 2014
All day

Chemistry in Energy Symposium

Join us in London this April for a celebration of excellence in chemistry and energy research.

This free one-day symposium will bring together six Prize and Award winning scientists from the UK and USA to present their latest research, including exciting advances in solar photovoltaics, solar fuels and batteries.

Mon 07 April 2014
00:00 BST
Thu 10 April 2014
23:59 BST
Overcoming Path Dependence in Energy Investment, Policy & Decision-Making

oikos Young Scholars Energy Academy 2014
Overcoming Path Dependence in Energy Investment, Policy & Decision-Making
St. Gallen, Switzerland, 7-10 April 2014


1. Background & Idea
The world needs to embark on the road from 20:80 to 80:20. Today’s share of more than 80 % of non-renewable energy is not sustainable. Governments in some countries, such as Germany and Switzerland, have fundamentally revised their energy strategy, aiming at increasing energy efficiency and renewables to reduce carbon and nuclear risk and reliance on energy imports. The drivers for those policy changes are economic as much as they are environmental – a majority of lawmakers in both countries appear to subscribe to the idea put forward by academics like former World Bank Chief Economist Sir Nicholas Stern that investment in a low-carbon future will lead to lower cost to society than continuing on the current path. On a global scale, though, this view still faces headwind. Economists, industry associations and politicians voice concerns about the short-term cost of adjusting our energy system and potential challenges for current lifestyles. Some doubt the evidence of climate science altogether. The paradigm change from 150 years of carbon-based growth to a post-non-renewable era leaves ample room for societal contestation.
If we accept the idea that avoiding climate and nuclear risk is beneficial in the long run, how can societies, firms and consumers change track? How can “investment-grade” policies be designed to efficiently and effectively govern the transition towards renewables? How can policies and investment strategies be adapted as renewables move from niche to mainstream market? How can decision-makers in companies overcome the challenges of path dependence? Is the global financial crisis a curse or a blessing in this endeavour? What distinguishes decision-makers who see opportunities in a clean energy future from those who perceive it as a threat to future wealth, and how do their attitudes and values influence their behaviour? Is the accelerating evidence of the climate crisis going to accentuate polarisation, and if yes, what are the implications for building successful transition strategies? Which end-of life strategies can be identified to smoothen the late non-renewable era, and which counter-dynamics are likely to occur?
Building on a 10 year tradition of international academies in the field of Sustainability, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, the oikos Young Scholars Energy Academy 2014 provides an intense 4-days academic platform for identifying and advancing relevant and rigorous research. PhD students and young faculty are encouraged to share their thoughts and conceptual ideas from various perspectives covering both theoretical and empirical contributions on the intersection of Decision Sciences, Policy, Finance, Management, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and beyond. To support synergies between academic researchers and practitioners, we include a high level exchange with energy practitioners during the academy.

2. Objectives & Approach
The oikos Young Scholars Energy Academy aims to
*build an entrepreneurially-minded academic network promoting conceptual solutions for the move towards sustainable energy systems;
* provide a leading global platform to advance relevant research on social science energy research;
* support ambitious PhDs’ and young scholars’ research activities by  improving existing research designs;
* support scholars in their skills to publish in leading international journals;
* strengthen co-operation between academics, the private sector, NGOs and policy makers;
* generate unique findings on innovating, financing, managing and scaling entrepreneurial initiatives driving the energy transition.
The academy will gather 15 carefully selected international PhD students and young faculty focusing on energy investment, policy and decision-making with three senior faculty members. The academy is also designed to strengthen a global network of young researchers who aim at combining academic rigor with practical relevance.

3. Programme Elements
The four-day intensive programme will include the following elements:

Opening and Topic Presentations (Day 1)
Presentations by senior faculty on research and research designs, finding an audience, getting published and developing teaching skills. These presentations and interactive discussion sessions provide participants with a strong basis and understanding of how to develop solid research projects that have an impact.

Practitioner Evening Session (Day 1)
In a panel discussion, forward-thinking practitioners from the energy policy and finance community reflect on their view of current challenges, inspiring young researchers to consider how their work can best be framed to increase their societal impact.

Paper Sessions (Day 2, 3, 4)
Paper presentations and feedback sessions allow PhD students and young faculty to present their paper and research proposals and receive feedback from fellow participants and senior faculty. The goal is to raise the academic quality of the research projects and papers and prepare them for publication in leading journals. The papers are distributed to the participants a month prior to the academy.

Themes included
PhD students and young faculty in the following areas are invited to submit papers or elaborated research proposals:
* Business models for clean energy innovation and diffusion
* The role of regulatory innovation for clean technology diffusion
* Energy entrepreneurship and venture capital
* Institutional investment in clean energy assets
* Renewable energy policy analysis
* Organizational culture and change in the energy industry
* Strategies for systemic change
* Patterns of transformation in carbon intense industries

4. Faculty
* Varda Liberman, Arison School of Business, IDC Herzliya, Israel
* Itai Sened, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
* Rolf Wüstenhagen, University of St. Gallen, School of Management, Switzerland

5. Logistics
Participation Fee
Participating young researchers pay a registration fee of 500 CHF. This includes tuition, food and accommodation. Participants will have to cover their own travel cost.

* Dec. 20, 2013: Publication of Call for Papers
* January 31, 2014: Application deadline
* February 15, 2014: Notification of acceptance
* March 15, 2014: Submission deadline for full papers (10-15 pages)
* April 7-10, 2014: Academy Sessions (arrival on April 6)

6. Application and Contact
To allow in-depth discussions the oikos Young Scholars Energy Academy is limited to 15 PhD students and Post-Docs / Young Faculty.
Your application should contain:
(1) a proposal abstract of max. 2 pages,
(2) a short curriculum vitae and
(3) a letter of interest in the oikos Young Scholars Energy Academy.
Please send your application by Jan 31, 2014 to: energy@oikos-international.org 

Mon 07 April 2014
All day

PRASEG & FPEEG Seminar: The Energy Company Obligation – What is the best way forward?

for more information contact Nicola

Wed 09 April 2014
All day

EI YPN event: value creation i nthe energy industry
  • Group: EI YPN London and Home Counties
  • Subject: Next event: "Value Creation in the Energy Industry" - 9th April - registration now open

The next event hosted by the EI Young Professional Network (London Branch) is "Value Creation in the Energy Industry", which aims to explore how different companies approach investment, expected returns and risk management.

We are delighted announce three excellent speakers from across the energy industry who will share their experience and present how value is created in their respective companies:

• Andras Mecser, Exploration and Production Strategy Manager, Centrica
• Matthew Harwood, Group Head of Strategy, Petrofac
• Karl Harder, Managing Director, Abundance Energy

The presentations will be followed by a drinks reception.

Register here: http://bit.ly/1ddA2mB

Wed 23 April 2014
All day
Fri 25 April 2014
10th photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology

10th Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology
Conference C96
Loughborough University
Loughborough, UK
Wednesday 23rd – Friday 25th April 2014

Tue 29 April 2014
All day

PRASEG Seminar: What is the true value of offshore wind to the UK and how can we achieve it

PRASEG Seminar: What is the true value of offshore wind to the UK and how can we achieve it

Tuesday 29 April 2014, 16.00 – 18.00, House of Commons

Contact Nicola if you wish to attend



  • Charles Hendry MP, Conservative MP for Wealden
  • Maf Smith, Deputy Director, Renewable UK
  • Matthew Knight, Director of Strategy and Government Affairs, Siemens Energy
  • Michael Rutter, Deputy Director of Renewables Delivery Team, DECC

This seminar will be chaired by Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Chair, PRASEG.

The UK is the current world leader in offshore wind with more than 3.6 GW of installed capacity now in operation and another 5.7 GW approved or under construction. The potential for growth remains significant, with between 8-15 GW to be deployed by 2020, adding – according to the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult report published in March –  between £2.3 billion and £6.7 billion to the UK economy and a generating a minimum of 50,000 new jobs. Latest Government scenarios suggest that by 2030 the UK could have up to 41 GW of installed capacity delivering significant associated benefits to the UK economy.

The UK Government has recognised the potential benefits that the offshore wind sector could deliver to the wider UK economy. It has created the Offshore Wind Programme Board and published an Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy to facilitate the growth of the offshore wind sector and to help enable reductions in the cost of offshore wind to around £100/MW hour in the coming years. The Government believes that with these tools, and the new Contracts for Difference introduced through Electricity Market Reform, the framework is in place to stimulate investment and support in the offshore wind sector.

Despite this, the positive opportunities for growth have been overshadowed by the recent political and media debates focussed on the cost of electricity, rising bills for consumers, and recent reports of cancelled or scaled back offshore wind projects. As a result the significant economic, energy security and carbon emission reduction benefits the industry can provide remain poorly understood.

The recent announcement that Siemens are to build the Green Port Hull wind turbine factory demonstrates once again the commitment of industry and investors to the UK offshore wind sector and the potential this sector has to drive economic growth and create high skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs in the UK’s regions and ports.

This seminar will discuss the opportunities a successful offshore wind industry will offer to the UK, how the UK can ensure it succeeds in capturing the benefits generated by this burgeoning industry and whether the upfront costs can be justified.

To look in more depth at these issues, this seminar will address the following questions:

  • What are the environmental benefits of offshore wind? How can it reduce carbon emissions and help the UK meet its climate change targets and carbon budgets? Are there any other options for delivering against these objectives?
  • How attractive an investment proposition are UK offshore wind projects for worldwide investors? What conditions are needed for investment to be attracted to the UK?
  • What are the potential benefits for the UK job market in the energy sector and more broadly that would flow from a burgeoning UK offshore wind sector?
  • What is required to enable growth in the UK supply chain so that more British firms can gain the expertise and experience required to win contracts for UK projects and expand the sector’s export potential?
  • What role does offshore wind play in the cost of consumers’ energy bills now and in the future and can the upfront costs of supporting the wind sector be justified by the long term economic, environmental and energy security gains this sector can deliver?


The seminar will be followed by an informal networking event at the Westminster Arms pub where Forewind, developers of the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm have kindly agreed to buy a round of drinks for those attending.

Tue 06 May 2014
All day

Talk: Social media- How can it be used to increase the visibility of female scientists?

Talk: Social media- How can it be used to increase the visibility of female scientists? Tuesday 6th May 2014- 10:30-12:30

Franklin Theatre, Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London


The IOP Diversity Team and Women in Physics Group would like to invite you to a free talk celebrating female physicists and exploring how to increase their public visibility. This will be followed by a Physics Wikipedia edit-a-thon in the afternoon for a limited number of attendees.


The morning session, chaired by Victoria Gill, Science Reporter at BBC News, will explore how female scientists can harness the power of both traditional and social media to promote their work, with talks from Guardian blogger Dame Athene Donald, regular tweeter Dr Heather Williams from Science Grrrl and Tom Sheldon, Senior Press Officer at the Science Media Centre.


To register to attend the free talk please email Maisie Monroe, IOP Diversity Programme Coordinator (maisie.monroe@iop.org ).


An afternoon session will provide a limited number of attendees with the opportunity to learn how to edit Wikipedia pages so that they can improve content on female physicists. At present women are both under-represented in the content of Wikipedia and as contributors (91% of Wikipedia editors are male). As the 6th most popular website worldwide (according to the Alexa traffic rank) Wikipedia is the default source of information for many people across the globe. We want to ensure that the quality and content on female physicists represents their contribution to the discipline. For information about the edit-a-thon check out the Wikimedia event page https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Women_in_Physics_event_at_the_Institute_of_Physics_May_2014


If you would also like to attend the afternoon session, please include this in your registration email.


Thu 08 May 2014
All day

An Introduction to Offshore Wind Energy

All day workshop: ‘An Introduction to Offshore Wind Energy’ on Thursday 8th May 2014 in London. This event is being run by the Energy Industries Council (EIC) who are members of PRASEG. (Cost approx £500 for non-EIC members)


If you would like to attend please contact  Ally Le Boutillier at training@the-eic.com. More details here: http://www.the-eic.com/TrainingDetail.aspx?eventId=338&dateid=579

Tue 13 May 2014
All day

PRASEG Reception in association with the Electricity Storage Network: Electricity Storage in the Future Vision for a Lower Cost Sustainable Electricity System

PRASEG Reception in association with the Electricity Storage Network:
Electricity Storage in the Future Vision for a Lower Cost Sustainable Electricity System
Tuesday 13 May 2014, 12.15 – 15.00, House of Commons

Contact Nicola if you wish to attend


This event will be hosted by Dr Alan Whitehead MP, PRASEG Chair.

PRASEG are proudly hosting in association with the Electricity Storage Network this reception entitled, ‘Electricity Storage in the Future Vision for a Lower Cost Sustainable Energy System’ sponsored by RESPoyry,S&C ElectricHighview Power and Parker Energy Grid Tie. This reception will look at the important future role for Electricity Storage in our electricity system and the benefits it can deliver for the UK.

With UK electricity generation undergoing a dramatic transition from large scale fossil fuel plant towards a new mix including significant capacity from low-carbon, large-scale and decentralised energy technologies, the UK’s grid networks need to adapt to meet this challenge. The future smart grid will need to be smarter and more flexible to make the most efficient use of intermittent renewable technology, improve resilience and efficient use of capacity and at the same time deliver better customer service and reduce system costs.

Electricity Storage has an important role to play in making a flexible, reliable, sustainable and lower cost smart grid a reality. This burgeoning sector covers a range of technologies including pumped hydro, Liquid Air Systems, flow batteries and pumped heat systems many of which are already operational or coming online now. Since 2008 twenty three advanced electricity energy storage projects have been installed, constructed or planned since 2008.

This reception will explore recent developments in electricity storage technology, including those being delivered by District Network Operators through the Low Carbon Network Fund and discuss the potential and benefits of further investment in this sector. The reception will also showcase a new vision statement by the Electricity Storage Network making recommendations on the policy framework needed to support the development of a lower cost and sustainable energy system

Mon 19 May 2014
07:00 BST

08:00 BST
Fracking conference


Tue 20 May 2014
All day

Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar The future of Nuclear energy in the UK: new build, supply chain, planning and energy prices

Contact Nicola if you plan to attend


Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar

The future of Nuclear energy in the UK: new build, supply chain, planning and energy prices



Hergen Haye, Department of Energy and Climate Change; Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF Energy; Keith Parker, Nuclear Industry Association; Jean Llewellyn, National Skills Academy for Nuclear; Dr Eugene Shwageraus, University of Cambridge; Professor Laurence Williams, University of Central Lancashire; Mike Tynan, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC); Roger Brunt, International Atomic Energy Agency and Professor William Nuttall, The Open University and University of Cambridge



Julia Pyke, Herbert Smith Freehills; Chris Ball, Atkins UK; Phil Matthews, Nuclear Legacy Advisory Forum, Local Government Association; John Gilbert, Horizon Nuclear Power; Councillor Duncan McGinty, Sedgemoor District Council and Mark Southgate, The Planning Inspectorate


Chaired by:

Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, Chair, Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies and John Robertson MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy


Tue 20 May 2014
00:00 BST

23:59 BST
PGES meeting Energy security and sustainability

The next Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies (PGES) speaker meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 20 May in Portcullis House. This month we will be discussing Energy security and sustainability.

Email Nicola for a place


We are delighted that Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK, will be joining the panel. A former Economic Secretary to the Treasury and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP during his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Angela brings a wealth of political experience and economic understanding to her role as one of the UK energy industry’s key representatives. She will provide her perspective on the international- and national-level factors affecting our security of supply, and discuss how industry plans to cope with the challenge.


Generation and connection specialists AECOM will examine some of the technical considerations fundamental to guaranteeing secure, stable supply, and outline how innovative approaches are putting sustainability centre-stage. Our third speaker is TBC.


We hope you will join us to debate some of the most pressing challenges facing the UK energy industry.


Tue 20 May 2014
All day

New Women in Science Network

New Women in Science Network


Launch event, 20th May, University of Hertfordshire. 




Tue 20 May 2014
All day
Wed 21 May 2014
7th Workshop on Fuel Cell Systems, Bruges (Belgium), 20/21 May 2014


Wed 21 May 2014
All day

Energy, austerity, informality: Exploring the everyday politics of urban infrastructure’ workshop

The Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy at the University of Manchester is organising a one-day workshop on ‘Energy, austerity, informality: Exploring the everyday politics of urban infrastructure’. The workshop will take place in Manchester on the 21st of May 2014.

The workshop aims to explore the diverse conceptual debates focusing on the nexus of everyday practices and political action in ‘post-austerity’ urban areas. We hope to open up the space for interrogating the diverse ways in which spaces of informality play a role not only in terms of ameliorating poverty, but sustaining the rhythms of everyday life more generally and contesting the broader political economies of urban austerity. Our broader intention is to start consolidating the diverse epistemic communities working in this field; both via shared debates during and after the event, and by thinking of specific follow-up activities (publications, project applications) that can help build functioning networks.

The workshop has been organised under the auspices of the Royal Geographical Society-funded EVENT project, with additional sponsorship by the urban champion at Manchester University’s School of Environment, Education and Development. Other supporters of the event include cities@manchester and the Energy Geographies Working Group of the RGS-IBG.

The list of confirmed speakers includes: Dr. Daniel Knight (Durham University), Dr. Lucie Middlemiss (Leeds University), Dr. Nikoleta Jones (Open University), Professor Stefan Bouzarovski (Manchester University), and Dr. Yannis Kalianos (CRESC).

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

There is no fee for the event, but the places are limited. If interested, please contact Dr. Saska Petrova


Thu 22 May 2014
All day

Eco Fair

22 May 2014

Centenary Pavilion at Leeds United Football Club

Announced seminars so far include:

Influencing Staff to Make Savings – Martin Schwaller, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Manager at Mitchells and Butlers

Mitchells and Butlers operate over 1,500 restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK including the well-known brands Harvester, Toby Carvery, All Bar One and Browns. Making energy reductions in any organisation – and especially one this large – is impossible without being able to identify, engage and influence staff at every level. Martin will draw on his experience as the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Manager at Mitchells and Butlers and for his role as Behaviour Change Working Group Chairman for the Energy Managers Association.

Energy Efficiency Mythbusters – Pete Stevens, Group Energy & Carbon Manager at Marshalls

Get the insight you need to make the right choice. Marshalls have been there, seen it, done it – and seen what the payback from investment really was for a wide variety of products and services, including building EMS systems, LED lights, voltage optimisation, equipment motors, compressed air, and fast acting doors.

Other topics being covered at Eco-Fair include:

-       Green IT Solutions

-       Revisions to ISO14001

-       Environmental Regulations Updates

-       Future opportunities in the Bioeconomy, 3D Printing and Design for Recovery

This event is free to attend however registration is essential. To find out more about the event and to register for your free place please visit www.eco-fair.co.uk.


Wed 28 May 2014
All day
Thu 29 May 2014
‘Shifting Routines, Changing Demand’ Workshop

‘Shifting Routines, Changing Demand’ Workshop, 28-29 May



Call for Expressions of Interest:

“Shifting Routines, Changing Demand”: A workshop on the dynamics of household energy demand during daily and network peaks

DEMAND Centre, Lancaster University UK (Venue TBA)

28 May (from 1:30pm) – 29 May (to 2pm)

Convened by Yolande Strengers, Ben Anderson, and Mike Hazas

The DEMAND Centre is hosting a workshop on changing household

routines and the implications for managing (daily and network) peak
demand, drawing on insights from Australian and UK research. The
workshop will bring together policy makers, demand managers and key
thinkers on the time dynamics of energy demand. As well as exploring
current analyses about how demand is shifting, and how it could be
shifted, the workshop will involve a series of ‘provocative experiments’
aimed at generating reflection on both current strategies and future

visions of how daily and seasonal rhythms of energy demand can change.



Partially informed by the convenors’ close analyses of both UK and

Australian household data, this workshop aims to provoke reflection and

discussion on:


  • How and why energy-demanding routines are shifting in time and space, and the impacts of these changes on peak demand and CO2 emissions
  • How demand managers are attempting to shift routines (and to what extent, and in what sense, this is (not) working)
  • What other programs and policies might shift routines to reduce demand


Mon 02 June 2014
All day

Does the car have a Sustainable and Ethical Future? Colloquium at Cumberland Lodge


Wed 11 June 2014
All day

launch of the Smart Communities report ‘Working together to save energy?

We are pleased to invite you to the launch of the Smart Communities report ‘Working together to save energy?’ on Wednesday 11 June 2014, at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH (http://10-11cht.com/contact/).


The objective of Smart Communities was to explore the potential and challenges of community action as a route to energy consumption reduction. The project took place in Kingston upon Thames, from May 2011 to May 2013, and was funded by the ESRC-EPSRC Energy and Communities stream of the RCUK Energy Programme. Our plan for the event is to bring together a group of people from academic, policy and practitioner domains to hear about and discuss the results of the Smart Communities project. Key themes include: community action, energy consumption feedback, the process of change, working with schools and developing energy know-how. The Smart Communities report ‘Working together to save energy?’ will be available.


The event will feature a keynote presentation by Professor Fred Steward (Professor of Innovation and Sustainability in the Policy Studies Institute), a response from Fiona Booth (Head of Community Energy in DECC), and contributions from some of the local people, groups and institutions that we worked with on the project.



0930-1000: Registration, tea and coffee

1000-1330: Presentations (including a half hour break)

1330-1500: Fork buffet lunch


To register

Places are limited. If you wish to attend please forward this email to Lucy Walker-Evans (l.walker-evans@kingston.ac.uk) and tell her:

1.            Your name and affiliation (as you would like to see them on your name badge).

2.            Your job title.

3.            If you would prefer us not to share this information with other attendees.

4.            If you would like us to ask about any dietary requirements beyond the vegetarian options that will be available.

5.            If we need to be aware of any accessibility issues.

Thu 12 June 2014
All day

Scotlands Future: The Wind Turbines Arms

Tickets from: www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk

Join our expert panel in this BBC Question Time style debate to discuss wind energy in Scotland.
Thursday 12th June 2014
The Admiral Bar, Waterloo Street
7pm, FREE, Ticketed
On the Panel:
Jenny Hogan – Scottish Renewables

Thu 12 June 2014
All day

WEETF: UK energy security - including the role of unconventional gas

Contact Nicola if you plan to attend

Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar

UK energy security - including the role of unconventional gas



Rt Hon the Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman, Environment Agency; Andy Shields, Head of Security of Electricity Supply, Department of Energy and Climate Change and Tony Carruthers, Commercial Director, Cuadrilla Resources



Tony Bosworth, Friends of the Earth; Malcolm Keay, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; Stephen Tindale, Centre for European Reform; Lucy Field, Pöyry Energy Consulting; Stephen Davies, E.ON UK and Dr Nicholas Riley, British Geological Survey


Chaired by:

Steve Baker MP, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Unconventional Oil and Gas and Dan Byles MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Unconventional Oil and Gas


Afternoon, Thursday, 12th June 2014

Central London


Mon 23 June 2014
00:00 BST

23:59 BST
WES Conference, Women in Engineering: The Challenge

National Women in Engineering Day, 23 June 2014


If you are planning on holding an event to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day resources packs are now available to download from the website http://www.nwed.org.uk/

If you are holding an event please do let the Women’s Engineering Society (WES, info@wes.org.uk) and Nicola (n.m.smith@leeds.ac.uk) know.  Nicola is also available to help you with ideas development if needed.



WES Conference, Women in Engineering: The Challenge, 23 June, London


Registration for the WES conference Women in Engineering: The Challenge is now available from the website (http://www.wes.org.uk/wie).  Speakers have all been confirmed and these include Jenny Willott MP; Meg Munn MP; Professor John Perkins, Chief Scientific Advisor at BIS; Frances Saunders, President of Institute of Physics; Barry Brooks, President of IET; Ruth Spellman, CEO of Workers' Educational Association; Paula Gwinnett, JCB University Technical College; Allan Cook, Chairman of Atkins and Selex; Gareth Humphreys, MBDA; Nina Skorupska, CEO Renewable Energy Association; Polly Williams, The Royal Society; Carol Marsh, WES; Helen Wollaston, WISE; Pat Morton, WISET; Anne-Marie Imafidon, Stemettes; Ellie Cosgrave, ScienceGrrl; Katie Perry, CEO Daphne Jackson Trust. WES membership discount applies, and early bird registration is available for non-members. BOOK NOW to secure your place.


Tue 24 June 2014
All day
Thu 26 June 2014
Sustainable Energy Week

Sustainable Energy Week

A series of events at The University of Nottingham

24 - 26 June 2014


The University of Nottingham is running a series of  events as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014. These will explore the challenges faced as our energy security comes under increasing pressure and traditional sources of energy either dwindle or are replaced in efforts to prevent climate change.


Launched in 2006 as an initiative of the European Commission, the EU Sustainable Energy Week has become a reference point for public authorities, energy agencies, private companies, NGOs and industry associations engaged in helping to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. For those interested in renewable and efficient energy, this event has become unmissable.


To find out more and register please visit the conference website (link: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/euenergyweek)

Wed 02 July 2014
All day

PRASEG & APPGIE Seminar: The Future of Solar

PRASEG & APPGIE Seminar: The Future of Solar


for further details contact Nicola

Sun 06 July 2014
All day
Fri 11 July 2014
UKERC Summer School

UK Energy Research Centre International Summer School

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) is holding its 10th Annual Energy Summer School from 6th to 11th July 2014 at the University of Warwick, UK.  There will be 100 places available for UK and international students.


The School has been designed to give second year PhD students an opportunity to look beyond their own research and develop a broader understanding of energy and look at pathways to low-carbon and more resilient energy systems. The School is professionally facilitated to provide continual support for participants, and includes networking opportunities, as well as social events.

We welcome applications from those engaged in energy-related research including technical, physical, social, economic, environmental and business aspects of energy and energy systems.

The Summer School is conducted in English and is highly interactive, so the ability to speak and comprehend English is essential. A fee of £800 will be charged to cover five-nights’ accommodation and all meals during the School.

The School is normally over-subscribed and UKERC gives preference to second year PhD students, and those who represent a mix of disciplines and provide a balance of UK and non-UK students.

During the week-long School, which runs in parallel to the annual meeting of UKERC’s research community, students will:

  • Gain understanding of global commercial, political and technological challenges in the transition to a low-carbon energy system;
  • Get involved in high level debate on energy technologies and research priorities in a number of key research areas, from demand reduction to future sources of energy;
  • Be presented with a number of contrasting international perspectives on energy;
  • Network with key academic and energy research contacts;
  • Research, debate and agree a collective vision for a low-carbon energy system with the opportunity to apply their current research and present their work to senior academics, industry and policymakers; and
  • Develop and practice professional skills in communication and engagement.

Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail from 25th April 2014 and at that time will be asked to formally accept their place.

Registration – Registration is now open until midnight GMT on 7th April 2014. To register visit: www.regonline.co.uk/ukercSS2014

If you have further questions, contact Diana Batista - t: +44 (0)207 594 1574, e: d.batista@ukerc.ac.uk

Mon 07 July 2014
All day
Wed 09 July 2014
CSCT Summer Showcase


Tue 08 July 2014
All day
Thu 10 July 2014
Energy Histories and Energy Futures


DEMAND Centre Summer School,

8th-10th July 2014, Lancaster University, England.


The call for applications for the first DEMAND Centre Summer School is now open. The DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) takes a distinctive approach to end use energy demand, recognising that energy is not used for its own sake but as part of accomplishing social practices at home, at work and in moving around. In essence the Centre focuses on what energy is for, how this changes, and how it might be steered. (http://www.demand.ac.uk


Summer School 2014 will focus on ‘Energy Histories and Energy Futures’, and will address a range of questions including: What is the relationship between infrastructures and the patterns of practice which make demand? How can processes of change be usefully conceptualized? and, how can our understandings of the past improve our ability to project, steer and shape futures of energy consumption? 


Applications are invited from research students, researchers, academics and practitioners. Participants, along with researchers and academics from the DEMAND Centre will be encouraged to consider the topic from different angles and disciplinary perspectives and to think about how the theoretical and methodological issues discussed relate to their own work.  The 3 intensive days will be academically challenging and fun, with presentations, indoor and outdoor workshops and networking activities.  


For further information and details of how to apply visit: http://www.demand.ac.uk/events/event/summer-school-energy-histories-and-energy-futures-8-10-july-2014/

Wed 09 July 2014
All day

PRASEG & APPGIE event: The role of gas heating innovation in a changing policy environment

PRASEG & APPGIE event: The role of gas heating innovation in a changing policy environment

for further details contact Nicola

Thu 10 July 2014
All day

Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar Implementing the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan

Email Nicola for further details

Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar

Implementing the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan



Jonathan Mills, Director, EMR Programme, Department of Energy and Climate Change; Mark Ripley, Project Director for EMR, National Grid and a speaker confirmed from SSE



Ian Temperton, Climate Change Capital; Dr Michael Pollitt, University of Cambridge; Dr Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK and Pavel Miller, Energy UK


Morning, Thursday 10th July 2014

Central London

Mon 18 August 2014
All day
Fri 29 August 2014
Groningen Energy Summer School 2014

Groningen Energy Summer School 2014
Smart Grids from a Global Perspective: bridging old and new energy systems
18-29 August 2014

More information and registration: http://www.rug.nl/research/energy/education/summerschool/

The Groningen Energy Summer School 2014 for PhD students takes an interdisciplinary approach to one of the hottest topics of the energy landscape: smart grids. By bringing together and combining  insights from natural sciences, social sciences, economics, law, psychology and international relations theory, this event will offer a unique opportunity to PhD students from these disciplines  to develop novel insights in energy transition, and to create synergy in approaches to smart grids.
During the Summer School, the participants will attend lectures by specialists in the field, visit industrial sites, present their own and each other’s work, and play an active role in workshops and discussions.

The Summer School will be held from 18 to 29 August 2014 in Groningen, The Netherlands. It is jointly organized by the Groningen Energy and Sustainability Programme (GESP) and by the department of International Relations and International Organization (IRIO). It is further sponsored by Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) and the Energy Academy Europe.
 Over 20 experts will share their knowledge at the summer school.

Tue 26 August 2014
07:00 BST
Fri 29 August 2014
08:00 BST
RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2014: Social justice, mobility and energy demand

Social justice, mobility and energy demand


(Session sponsored by Geographies of Justice Working Group and Energy Geographies Working Group)


Organisers: Dr Neil Simcock 1, Dr Caroline Mullen 2, Dr Rosie Day 3, Prof Gordon Walker 1


The scale of carbon emission reduction needed to limit global climate change is often considered to require profound changes in patterns and levels of energy demand, including in relation to building-related energy consumption and mobility practices.


Whilst ‘sustainability’ is normally the driver and focus of research into energy demand issues, an emerging research agenda has highlighted the relations and potential tensions between energy use, carbon reduction and social justice. High energy consumption can be associated with various injustices; for example, impacts on current and future generations facing resource scarcity and climate change, or inequalities resulting from policies, cultures and infrastructures that favour car-dependent forms of mobility.


However, as recognized by research on energy and mobility poverty, certain amounts, forms and arrangements of energy consumption and mobility may be considered necessary for a minimally decent quality of life and adequate social participation. In ‘industrial’ nations, goals of reducing or managing energy demand and altering patterns of mobility may be in tension with claims of needs, rights and entitlements. Meanwhile, in a ‘developing’ world context, research has emphasised the importance of electricity access and energy consumption in enhancing citizens’ capabilities and quality of life. Different groups may make claims to particular needs or rights, requiring justice in the form of recognition. Without due consideration, policy measures designed to govern, manage or restrict energy demand might exacerbate existing inequalities or create new areas of deprivation.


Work on energy justice that addresses such issues is gaining momentum but is still relatively underdeveloped. We welcome papers that seek to address questions related to claims about energy rights or needs, energy policy making procedures, and distributional outcomes of energy demand management policies in a variety of settings. In particular, we wish to connect work on such issues in the domain of building-related energy consumption with work on transport and mobility, to explore how notions of justice, rights and need are developed and deployed in these two areas and how we might productively think across them in seeking equitable demand management.


We also encourage research and/ or comparative analysis from different international contexts.


Paper topics might address, but need not be limited to, the following topics:


·         Conceptualising, defining and / or measuring ‘need’ in energy or mobility terms

·         The evolution and dynamics of ideas of need and normality, and their implications for energy demand

  • How the ‘need’ for mobility and energy consumption might vary between different contexts and social groups (e.g. according to gender, age, location, circumstance).
  • Claims making strategies and discourses; recognition or rejection of claims
  • Methodologies for  debating needs, rights and entitlements in energy and mobility
  • Procedural justice in energy and transport policy making
  • Fair governance in energy and transport
  • The conceptual frameworks and methods by which social equity is considered in transport and energy policy
  • Distributional outcomes of energy and transport policy, regarding both provision and demand reduction



Short presentations (15 minute + 5 minute questions)


To submit

Please send abstracts no more than 250 words, including title, author name(s), affiliation and email addresses, to either Neil Simcock (n.simcock1@lancs.ac.uk) or Caroline Mullen (c.a.mullen@leeds.ac.uk) by no later than Monday 3rd February.



1 DEMAND Centre, Lancaster University)

2 DEMAND Centre and Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds University

3 DEMAND Centre and School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham


Dr Neil Simcock

Energy and Justice Research Associate


Lancaster University






Sun 21 September 2014
All day
Sat 27 September 2014
2014 Joint European Summer Schools on Fuel Cell, Electrolyser and Battery Technologies

2014 Joint European Summer Schools on Fuel Cell, Electrolyser and Battery Technologies, 21-27 Sept 2014, Rethymno, Crete