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Exeter Energy launch event

Whole System Approaches for Smart, Flexible Energy Systems

Academics, students and industry to come together to officially launch ExeterEnergy on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

Whole System Approaches for Smart, Flexible Energy Systems

Date: 10th September 2018 (12-8)

Venue: The Exchange, Penryn Campus

Energy systems are changing rapidly in terms of technologies and their economics, behaviours and governance. The change in research and policy focus around renewable energy sources, from deployment, to integration, is a key phase in this transition, requiring energy systems to be smart and flexible, as well as low-carbon. Necessitating the coordination of multiple technological and social innovations, it is evident that such challenges cannot be addressed from within disciplinary boundaries, and calls for a greater coordination of expertise and approaches from multiple disciplines towards a whole-systems approach.
ExeterEnergy is an initiative bringing together over 100 individuals engaged in energy issues at the University to collectively make sense of and facilitate transformation and resilience in energy systems. This involves all colleges across campuses, including CEMPS (Renewables, CSM, Mathematics), CLES (CGES, Biosciences), Social Sciences (Law, Politics, Sociology) the Business School (Organisation Studies, Economics), and the Medical School (ECEHH). Forging closer working relationships both within the University and with the wider community will be instrumental in helping us address contemporary energy challenges.

This launch event aims to:

  • Celebrate the full breadth and depth of energy activity across the University
  • Bridge disciplinary/college divides by identifying synergies between the research efforts of individuals/research groups
  • Provide a platform for strengthening links with organisations outside of the university

The first part of the afternoon will be focused on University staff and students, with a ‘speed-dating’ session providing an opportunity to interact with others from the University beyond their immediate network.

External organisations are invited to join us after 4pm and into the evening to hear about current research activity at the University. Then, after a drinks reception, three invited speakers will offer their insights on the whole energy systems challenge from three different perspectives.

Provisional agenda

1300-1400 Lunch
1400-1410 Welcome
1410-1430 Introduction to ExeterEnergy and outline of day (Iain Soutar)
1430-1550 Speed dating
1550-1610 Break
1610-1620 Energy in CEMPS (Richard Cochrane, Senior Lecturer Renewable Energy)
1620-1630 Energy in CLES (Iain Soutar, Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Policy, Energy Policy Group)
1630-1640 Energy in the Business School (Steffen Boehm, Professor in Organisation and Sustainability, Exeter Business School)
1640-1650 Energy in the Social Sciences (Speaker TBC)
1650-1700 Energy and impact (Jim Grant, Head of Cornwall Business Development, IIB)
1700-1800 Drinks reception
1800-1815 Energy systems integration (Goran Strbac, Prof of Energy systems at Imperial College London)   
1815-1830 A policy perspective (Edward Nelson, Smart Energy Advisor at BEIS)
1830-1845 The local context (Speaker TBC)
1845-1930 Drinks reception and close

More information and details on how to register can be found on the ticket website

Date: 14 August 2018