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Low Carbon Technologies DTC Conference

On 27th January, the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Low Carbon Technologies hosted their inaugural conference as a showcase of the research being undertaken by close to 50 students over five cohorts. All of the researchers had an opportunity to present their work in oral or poster presentation. The breadth of research covered areas of Renewable Energy, Transport, Bioenergy, Carbon Capture and Storage, Buildings and Energy use and Low Carbon Services.

Current students were joined by recent alumni who gave us a flavour of the work they have gone on to do. This ranged from post-docs to consultancy at bodies such as the Arup, Rolls Royce and the EU Joint Research Centre.

We were delighted to host some guest speakers for the morning plenary; Laura Morris from the Energy Technologies Institute told us about their vision of the pathway to 2050 and gave us the opportunity to see how our research fits into their big picture. David Adams, technical director of Retrofit at Wilmott Dixon Energy Services and Director of the Zero Carbon Hub, told us about his experience of advising policy making, how important it is to include all stakeholders and that despite the apparent difficulties, it is possible to ‘push rope’.

We ended the day with a panel debate hosted by Jon Price from the University of Sheffield and former Chief Executive of the Centre for Low Carbon Futures. The panellists were our alumni who were questioned about their experience of the DTC and PhD, as well as their visions for the future of Low Carbon Technologies.

The conference was organised by Jo Robinson, Holly Edwards and Rici Marshall, final year PhD researchers on the DTC, with the support of Emily Bryan-Kinns and James MacKay, DTC admin staff. We are grateful for everyone who made the day such a success and hope that it will be start of many similar events in which we can bring together the strong research which is being generated within the EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) for Low Carbon Technologies.

Erica Marshall, Holly Edwards and Joanne Robinson