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A series of workshops for energy specialists in the ERA partnership


ERA is holding a series of partner workshops over the next few months, in order to bring together specialists in various subjects with a view to sharing best practice and identifying the people who are best placed to support future research funding bids and initiatives.

The first few in the series include:

  • Coldchain and Cooling - Thurs 17th June, 12.30pm to 3pm
  • Business, Economics and the Energy Transition - Thursday 24th June, 12pm - 2pm
  • Rural Energy - Monday 12th July 2pm - 4pm

There will also be other topics added to this series, as interests arise. If you have any ideas you would like to suggest, please email Faye McAnulla, ERA Programme Director with your ideas.

Workshop1 - Coldchain and Cooling, Thurs 17 June, 12.30 - 13.30

This workshop is on the importance of sustainable cooling and cold chains to ensure food security and reduce emissions. Cooling is key to the delivery of safe and nutritous food for all, and also to allow the effective transportation of vaccines across the world.

Building on work already undertaken within the ERA network, including the establishment of the Centre for Sustainable Cooling and the African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain (ACES, hosted by the University of Rwanda), we want to bring together an interdisciplinary group with expertise, not only in cooling and refrigeration, but also in all other aspects of the integrated cold chain system (food and pharma), including postharvest management, manufacturing, materials, economics and business model development, behavioural science, logistics, standards and certification, retail and international collaboration, to discuss the issues around this topic and consider how the ERA partner universities can engage further as we run up to the  Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, UN Food Systems Summit, the Montreal Protocol Meeting, and COP26.

This workshop will be chaired by ERA, and consists of introductory talks by Professor Toby Peters, Prof Yulong Ding and Dr Natalia Falagan. We want to encourage participants to speak about their particular area of interest or relevant recent work they have undertaken, before moving to a general discussion. If you are interested in attending, please register via the following link: 

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Workshop 2 - Business, Economics and the Energy Transition, Thursday 24th June, 12:00 - 14:00

As we transition to a net zero energy system there are a number of business and economic topics from across the social sciences that could be applied to support this transition. The Energy Research Accelerator in collaboration with Robert Cluley of Nottingham University Business School would like to invite you to a meeting to bring together interested academics to discuss relevant specialisms and specifically how they can be applied to support key actors, such as councils, LEPs, businesses, etc as we transition to a low carbon energy system. The meeting will consist of a mixture of short presentations and discussions between participants with the objectives of developing networks and capacity across the partners, setting an agenda for each topic area, identifying areas of mutual interest for further development and key external stakeholders/partners.

Topics include:

  • Linking the transition and individual interventions to jobs and productivity
  • Programme and project management techniques applied to major infrastructure programmes to educational engagement
  • Business case development, including utilising the green book, cost-benefit analysis
  • Use and management of data
  • Supporting decision making in complex environments
  • Commercialisation support for start-ups
  • Co-production with key stakeholders

Please confirm your interest in attending this meeting by registering below.

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Workshop 3 - Energy for the Rural Communities 12th July 14:00 - 16:00

The aim of this workshop is to bring together cross-disciplinary experts from across the ERA partnership with a view to sharing best practice and identifying the people best placed to support future research funding bids and other initiatives around the rural energy agenda.


14:00 – 14:05: Welcome from Faye McAnulla, ERA Programme Director

14:05 – 14:15: Patricia Thornley, (EBRI at Aston University): Domestic energy use and being off-grid

14:15 – 14:25: Stuart Wagland (Cranfield): Energy from waste in rural environments.

14:25 – 14:35: Robert Steinberger-Wickens (Birmingham): Micro-grids and rural transport

14:35 – 15:00: Other participants given opportunity to briefly summarise their interests in rural energy

15:00 – Discussions around:

  • potential opportunities for funding
  • key partners to engage with going forward

15:45 – Summarising discussions and next steps (Patricia Thornley)

16:00 - Close

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