The purpose of ERA Vision - The Midlands Energy Conference, is to provide a network for businesses, researchers and policy makers to come together to explore new ideas and innovations, and to form new partnerships for the future. 

Conference aims

The purpose of ERA Vision 2018 is to provide an environment where people with a passion for energy can share and discuss ideas together.

There are a number of key objectives for this event:

• To highlight the challenges facing the energy sector and explore solutions
• To allow partners the opportunity to showcase energy collaborations and their results
• To create an environment where new networks can be developed
• To discuss the ERA's work and our large scale capital projects
• To give students the opportunity to present their research projects to the wider communityir results

First keynote speaker announced - Robert Llewellyn
The green transport revolution

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Robert Llewellyn is an English actor, playwright, comedian and writer. He is best known for his portrayal of the mechanoid Kryten in the cult BBC 2 comedy, Red Dwarf; and for his role as presenter on Channel 4’s Scrapheap Challenge. He also hosted the long running online series Carpool from his electric car.

Robert is a frequent speaker at science and technology events, actively promoting electric cars and renewable technologies. His website and YouTube channel, Fully Charged, is a platform for discussion around the issues relating to the future of energy. 

Who is it for?

The conference is aimed at businesses, researchers, policy makers, local government, advisers and others with an interest in the work being undertaken in energy. The event will provide a mixture of TED style talks and is free to attend, but places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


ERA Vision will be held at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre at the University of Nottingham. Set in 330 acres of the University of Nottingham’s landscaped parkland, just two miles from Nottingham and close to the M1 motorway, De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre is an easily accessible conference venue. If travelling by car, the address for Sat Nav is Beeston Lane, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RJ

At ERA Vision 2018, Robert will be providing a fascinating insight into the future of road transport as a result of new technological developments.

Future speaker announcements will be made on this page over the coming weeks!

Times Activity
9.30-10.00 Arrival and coffee
10.00-11.00 Energy and the Industrial Strategy
10.30-11.00 Prospering from the Energy Revolution
11.00-11.45 The Smart Cities approach to community energy
11.45-12.00 Refreshment break - opportunity to visit exhibition
12.00-12.45 Energy Capital
How market opportunities, smart energy opportunities and public ambition come together
12.45-13.30 Lunch - opportunity to visit exhibition
13.30-14.15 Energy Futures
Selected presentations from 6 ERA PhD students in the PechaKucha style
14.20-15.15 Seminar session 1: Academic and industrial partnerships
Seminar session 2: New energy technologies
15.15-15.30 Refreshment break - opportunity to visit exhibition
15.30-16.15 Energy storage alternatives – beyond batteries
16.15-16.40 The green transport revolution: Guest speaker Robert Llewellyn
16.40 - 17.00 Q&A session with panel
17.00 Conference finishes , followed by drinks reception


Additional information


Lauren Dunn
E: lauren.dunn@era.ac.uk
T: 0115 7486726