ECR Winter School 2019

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When: 12 - 14 February 2019

Where: University of Sheffield

Application deadline: 8 January, 5pm


The 2019 Winter School will involve researchers from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in CCS and Cleaner Fossil Energy ( and the UKCCSRC Early Career Researcher community.

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.



TUESDAY 10:30-19:00

10:30 - 13:00 - Guest Speaker Presentations

13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 - Student Presentations*

16:00 – 19:00 - Group work


WEDNESDAY 9:30-19:00

09:30 – 13:00 - Student Presentations*

13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 – Student Presentations*

16:00 – 19:00 – Group Work


THURSDAY 09:30-17:00

09:30 - 12:00 – Student Presentations*

12:00 - 13:00 – Lunch

13:00 – 17:00 – Group Presentations

*Each attendee will be required to present either a poster or presentation slides on their area of research. The type of presentation will be dependant on how many years the attendee is into their PhD or Engineering Doctorate.

Learning Outcomes

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. 


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be an ECR member of the UKCCS Research Centre.
  • Applicants must be eligible for the EPSRC New Investigator Award, (formally the EPSRC First Grant Scheme) and meet all other UKCCSRC ECR membership criteria
  • Applicants must be working or studying in the CCS field within the UK academic community at an eligible organisation at the time of application and for the duration of the proposed activity. 
  • Student applicants must be completing a postgraduate research degree programme in a CCS topic at a UK university or research institute eligible to receive UKRI funding.
  • Any other applicants must hold a permanent or fixed-term contract of employment at a UK university or research institute eligible to receive UKRI funding.
  • Applications must be made by the applicant, but must be supported through a submission of the referee form to Carys Blunt, Senior Finance and Research Support Officer, [email protected] by their supervisor or line manager. 


Here's what previous Winter School attendees said:

“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 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 to learn more”

“The field trip to BGS was an eye opener to energy storage and geology. The event was a big success”


Please ensure you have read and understood the terms and conditions of this award before applying.

You will need to use this referee form to apply.