Researchers active in CCS form the academic membership of the UKCCSRC. The ten founding organisations are the British Geological Survey, University of Cambridge, Cranfield University, Durham University, University of Edinburgh, Imperial College, University of Leeds, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
Membership of the Centre will normally be open to all UK academics named as investigators on RCUK grants for CCS research, or CCS grants from other sources (e.g. EU, InnovateUK, DECC) whose outputs can be publicly shared and contributed to the UKCCSRC. Membership will last for the period of the contributed grant plus 3 years. Project funders other than the Research Councils or DECC may be required to confirm that this linkage with UKCCSRC is acceptable. Membership will also be extended to individuals who may not hold grants but have published 3 papers on their CCS research in academic journals in the past 5 years.
Early career researchers who have a PhD in CCS or have worked for at least a year on a CCS research project can also become a member on this basis for a period of 3 years from the start of their first academic appointment.
The benefits of membership include:
- Representation through UKCCSRC Research groups and Coordination Group in shaping UKCCSRC policy and research.
- Entitlement to vote in UKCCSRC polls.
- Can attend closed UKCCSRC general and specialist meetings.
- Preferential access to UKCCSRC facilities.
- Early access to UKCCSRC research programme outputs.
- Information on UKCCSRC member bids for research funding and access to proposal preparation workshops.
- Preferential access to UKCCSRC support for participation in national and international capacity building and community building activities.
- Participation in UKCCSRC responses to consultations and other collective expert evidence activities.
1. All members will be placed in (at least) one of the Centre's main research groups: capture, storage or cross-cutting issues, and all projects (and their investigators) will be assigned a Coordination Group member for monitoring, coordination and representation purposes.
2. UKCCSRC polls could take place on matters of common interest where member buy-in is essential (e.g. location of new facilities, future status of UKCCSRC).
3. There will be closed UKCCSRC meetings at 6 month intervals, plus a range of specialist meetings.
4. UKCCSRC research outputs transmitted to members will be in the form of presentations and networking at meetings, internal reports, closed website areas, etc.
5. All UKCCSRC members will be informed of CCS funding opportunities and invited to attend any UKCCSRC workshops to form a bidding team (or teams).
6. Participation in activities such as UK overseas missions, funded representation of UKCCS research at meetings and other forums, specialist workshops, etc will be preferentially allocated to UKCCSRC members.