Early Career Researcher Winter School 2017 – 13-16 February 2017

Aim of the Winter School
The 2017 Winter School will involve researchers from the UKCCSRC, Conventional Power Consortium and Engineering Doctorate Centre in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy.
The aim of the Winter School is to aid the development of interdisciplinary knowledge and capacity to apply research in conventional power, fossil energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies to solve problems in a range of global settings. The Winter School also enables researchers to develop an understanding of technical and social issues surrounding energy, the environment, climate change, development and socioeconomics in the UK. Researchers will build on their knowledge and understanding provided throughout their research training to demonstrate critical thinking and multidisciplinary engagement aimed at finding novel solutions to real world problems in conventional power, fossil energy and carbon capture.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the Winter School, students should be able to:
a) Knowledge and Understanding: assess the challenges of advancing fossil energy and CCS research in a range of global contexts; the need for cross-disciplinary understanding and stakeholder engagement when designing research solutions; the importance of cultural, economic, social, political and environmental awareness in enabling effective solutions to research problems.
b) Intellectual Skills: engage with a global and multidisciplinary literature; display advanced communication skills which span national and international contexts; develop reasoned arguments which take into account social, environmental and policy frameworks.
c) Professional Practical Skills: better present complex arguments and research findings in oral form to a non-specialist audience; collate data and ideas to develop and formulate research plans; network with engineers, social and environmental scientists to seek new solutions to national and global issues.
d) Transferable skills: better define and deliver solutions to real world problems; interact effectively with the public, stakeholders, specialists and non-specialists; succinctly and clearly present complex ideas in oral form.
The 2017 Winter School will be held at the University of Nottingham from 13th to 16th February (starting at lunchtime on the 13th and finishing at lunchtime on 16th). The programme for the 2017 Winter School is available here.
Here are what some of the ECRs who attended the 2015 Winter School thought:
“Discussing my research with prominent figures in the energy field, but who do not directly work in my area of research was a rare and useful experience”
“The EngD Winter School 2015 was a great opportunity for me to showcase my research in a positive and supportive environment. It allowed me to meet fellow members of the energy technologies sector and learn more about up and coming technologies within the field. The combination of both academic and industrial researchers was refreshing and allowed me to think objectively about my work. In all the conference was a great success and I’d encourage anyone to share their research at this years event”
“The Winter School was a valuable learning experience being taught by academia, industry and government representatives. It is recommended for anyone wanting to work in the energy sector in the future”
“The event was very well organised by the staff at the University of Nottingham and the venue was a superb location. I enjoyed meeting researchers from other Universities and discussing ideas. I shall definitely be coming back again in 2016 to learn more”
“The field trip to BGS was an eye opener to energy storage and geology. The event in 2015 was a big success”
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5pm, Friday 6 January 2017
The call for funded places at the Winter School is now closed.

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