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).
Together, and in partnership with industry, government and civil society, our focus is on understanding and addressing the challenges associated with changing energy systems.
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 within the university
- Provide a platform for strengthening links with organisations outside of the university
The first part of the afternoon is an internal networking event for University staff and students, with a ‘speed-dating’ session providing an opportunity to interact with others from the University beyond their immediate network.
Individuals and organisations from outside of the University are then invited to join us after 4pm. We will hear about the diversity of energy research from across the University. After a networking reception, invited speakers will then offer three perspectives on addressing the whole energy systems challenge.
Part I ExeterEnergy in the University
1400-1410 Welcome to Part I
1410-1430 Iain Soutar: Introduction to ExeterEnergy and outline of day
1430-1550 Speed dating
Part II ExeterEnergy and the wider community
1550-1610 Cream tea and registration
1610-1620 Dave Hosken: Welcome to Part II
1620-1630 Richard Cochrane: Energy in CEMPS
1630-1640 Iain Soutar: Energy in CLES
1640-1650 Steffen Boehm: Energy in the Business School
1650-1700 Séverine Saintier: Energy in the Social Sciences
1700-1710 Jim Grant: Energy, partnerships and impact
1710-1800 Drinks reception
1800-1815 Goran Strbac, Prof of Energy systems at Imperial College London: Energy systems integration
1815-1830 Edward Nelson, Smart Energy Advisor at BEIS: The policy perspective
1830-1845 Caroline Carroll, Innovation Lead, Cornwall Council: The local context
1845-1930 Drinks reception and close
Have questions about Whole System Approaches for Smart, Flexible Energy Systems? Contact ExeterEnergy, University of Exeter