SHARE Committee take to the stage at ECR Net Zero Conference

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) gathered at the ECR Net Zero Conference in Birmingham on 27 – 28 February, to take part in sessions on net zero and develop knowledge on wider topics around equality, diversity & inclusion, public engagement and multidisciplinary research, as well as CV writing skills.

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub were one of 13 research hubs and networks involved in organising this important event bringing together such a diverse range of students from academic institutions across the country.

There was an opportunity to hear about all the work taking place across the energy space. Dan Abudu from Aston University represented the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and presented the overview of the Hub during the plenary session. On the second day, our SHARE Network Committee members Michael Gargaro, Dan Taylor, Collette Larkin, Dan Abudu and Akshay Bagde and supported by Paula H Blanco Sanchez, Catriona Heaton and Muhammad Naveed Arshad, delivered a session on the cost of net zero. Dan Taylor gave a great overview of the tricky environmental, economic and social decisions and trade-offs that need to be considered on the journey towards Net Zero, before handing over to Eilidh Forster, Head of Forest Carbon at Drax, who spoke about wood value chains in the net zero transition and the sustainability considerations of supply and demand. The session closed with a fishbowl debate where audience members were invited to participate, offering their ‘hot takes’ on the wider questions of the cost of net zero.

Lots of networking took place throughout the two days, enhancing soft skills and opportunity for ECRs to share their latest research through an interactive poster display.

Keynote speaker Aaron Goater from Baringa brought the conference to a close on a note of optimism for the progress made so far, with a call to action to all early career researchers to find the innovative solutions that will ease the net zero transition for society as a whole.

All the presentations are available in the slide packs on the conference website here.

We are proud to have been part of this collaboration with  C-DICECO₂RE – The Greenhouse Gas Removal Hub, EDI+, Energy Demand Research Centre (EDRC), Energy Research AcceleratorHI-ACTUK-HyRES: Hub for Research Challenges in Hydrogen and Alternative Liquid FuelsIndustrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC)IGNITE Network+SUSTAIN Steel, Transforming Foundation Industries Network+, UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) and UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)

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