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IDRIC is co-hosting the first ECR Net Zero Conference with eight other fantastic organisations working in the Net Zero space – UKCCSRC, C-DICE, CO2RE, CREDS, ERA, EnergyREV, TFI Network+ and UKERC.
Taking place at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on Wednesday 30 November – Thursday 1 December 2022, the conference aims to provide an opportunity for key research organisations and ECRs to meet and network with peers from different research communities within the wider net zero research community, and build a collaborative community.
In-person bookings have now closed, but there is still an option to attend virtually – register here.
Recordings and slides (where we have permission to share them) will be available after the event.
Here’s the agenda:
Day 1 – Wednesday 30 November 2022
11:30-13:00 Registration and lunch
13:00-13:45 Welcome Carys Blunt, UKCCSRC (on behalf of the organising committee)
Keynote: Mercedes Maroto-Valer, IDRIC
13:45-14:45 Plenary session 1: COP27 – Reflections and actions
William Blyth, Oxford Energy Associates
Mathieu Blondeel, Warwick Business School
Laura Stefanini, University of Sheffield
Mirjam Roeder, Aston University
Chaired by Pooya Hoseinpoori, Imperial College London
14:45-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Parallel sessions: Skills based workshops
Net Zero Policy workshop
Run in collaboration by C-DICE and UKERC, this workshop will provide participants both with the theoretical framework on contributing to the policymaking process and the opportunity to take the first steps in their policy engagement journey. Participants will also hear from academia and industry representatives who will share their experiences and practical tips for successful engagement.
Speakers: Will Blyth, Jude Asibor, Vivien Chow and Anna Pultar
Effective Industry Engagement
In the initial panel session, you will hear insights from successful industry-academic collaborations, who will discuss how to effectively communicate research to industry audiences, and build effective working relationships with industry partners. In the second half of this session, you will have the opportunity to workshop with fellow ECRs to discuss ways to better engage with industry, through oral, written and presentation means.
Speakers: Lindsay Armstrong, Kyra Sedransk-Campbell, Rhys Jones, Cheryl Anderson and Jeannie Tan (chair)
Net Zero Career Pathways: Knowledge Exchange
This practical and interactive session will help you make the most of your current research in shaping your future career. It will involve theoretical input and talks by ECRs who are now working in industry, government, academia and the voluntary sector.
Speakers: Amish Sarpotdar, Timur Yunusov, Abdul’Aziz Aliyu, Alice Garvey, Jon Runyon
17:00–19:00 Networking reception
19:00-22:00 Conference dinner
Day 2 – Thursday 1 December 2022
08:30-09:00 Arrivals and coffee
09:00-10:30 Parallel sessions: Net zero topical discussions
Industrial Decarbonisation: People and Place
Industrial emissions are some of the hardest to abate. In this session, we will look at the activity happening on the ground in the UK’s industrial clusters, with a particular focus on the just transition, social licence and skills needed to meet the industrial decarbonisation challenge.
Speakers: Bryony Livesey, Jen Roberts, Kirstie Simpson and Rachel Bray
COP27 World Café
Based on The World Café method this workshop will bring together ECRs to discuss ways to tackle challenges identified by COP27 and how to make the resolutions agreed a reality. Each station will cover a different challenge or resolution with participants moving between stations to discuss their ideas.
Led by Tom Dolan
Social and Environmental Challenges of Net Zero
Led by ECRs, this session will bring different ECR perspectives to the social and environmental challenges of meeting the 2050 Net Zero targets. The session will then break out into an interactive element to discuss some of these challenges further.
Led by Catrin Harris and Genevieve Hodgins
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:00 Plenary session 2: What are the main challenges in delivering Net Zero – Bottlenecks and barriers
Nick Eyre, University of Oxford
Rob Gross, Imperial College London and UKERC
Emily Cox, University of Oxford
Uttara Narayan, University of Oxford
Matthew Winning, UCL
12:30-14:00 Networking lunch and departures
More information about speakers is available here
Bookings are now OPEN for the ECR Net Zero Conference! An opportunity not to be missed for Early Career Researchers across the whole net zero community to network and enjoy an excellent mix of keynotes, plenaries, parallel workshops (skills- and topic-based) and a networking dinner.
We are delighted to be partnering with other research centres (C-DICE, CO2RE, CREDS, EnergyREV, ERA, IDRIC, TFI Network+, UKCCSRC and UKERC) to run this conference. It will be held on Wednesday 30th November to Thursday 1st December at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK. The event will be free to attend for IDRIC early career researchers and there will be funding for travel. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration now open – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecr-net-zero-conference-tickets-433741742227
ECR Net Zero Conference
A two-day conference bringing together Early Career Researchers from across the Net Zero community.
The accelerated roll out of decarbonisation projects in the UK is under threat from a lack of workforce capacity, a short lead time to produce the necessary skills/capacity, and a need for central coordination to develop these skills across the whole industrial system.
On the 22nd November 2022, IDRIC are launching two excellent research reports from our research portfolio on the skills and competencies needed for the industrial decarbonisation projects. These reports quantify the need for certain skills and competencies in order to achieve the decarbonisation projects within the seven industrial clusters.
The report launch will coincide with a roundtable of experts from across industry, policy and training/education provision to discuss opportunities for joint action to address these skill gaps.
To join this conversation, get in touch via email@example.com for information on how to register.
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