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Shortlist for Scottish Renewables #YPGEA20 Academic Award nominees announced

The Young Professionals Green Energy Awards (YPGEA) recognises those who have achieved beyond all expectations, those who are pioneering new ideas and have the drive and ambition to change the renewable energy industry for the better.

ETP is proud to sponsor the Academic Award that recognises talented graduates or students who have delivered exceptional work on a project or course. 

This year's awards will be taking place online from 15 – 19 June due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but this won’t stop us cheering on the exceptional candidates who have been nominated for the YPGEA 2020 Academic Award:

  •  Mairi Dorward, The University of Edinburgh
    Mairi has recently been awarded a post-graduate scholarship by the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers in London. In 2019 she obtained funding from the EPSRC National Productivity Investment Fund to undertake research in Offshore Renewable Energy at the Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington State, USA.

  • James Ferguson, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and IDCORE
    James is leading research at the EMEC which involves assessing the potential of a green hydrogen economy in Orkney. He is also a STEM ambassador, giving talks and science demonstrations at local schools and has presented at the Orkney International Science Festival.

  • Dr Anna Garcia-Teruel, The University of Edinburgh
    Anna is a Research Associate in Offshore Renewable Energy in the Policy and Innovation Group at Edinburgh University. As part of this role, she is work package leader in the H2020 funded collaborative project, FLOTANT. She previously won PECRE funding from ETP which allowed her to undertake an academic exchange project at Oregon State University, USA. She is also currently serving as a committee member of the Molly Fergusson Initiative at the School of Engineering working to increase the visibility of women in STEM.

  • Shona Pennock, The University of Edinburgh
    Shona has been coordinating and leading webinars on the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy (ETIP Ocean) for the last two years to educate and update the sector on current marine energy research progress and industrial outputs. She has previously led and coordinated economic analyses in European projects including working with industrial partners such as the Swedish wave energy developer CorPower Ocean and Scottish tidal energy developer Orbital Marine Power, and research institutions such as Tecnaliain Spain, WavECin Portugal and the Research Institute of Sweden.

Last year’s winner saw University of Strathclyde’s Hazel Smith scoop the Academic Award, Hazel’s work on monitoring offshore wind construction noise is already being implemented by Scotland’s £511-million-a-year industry. She also spent three months analysing the predicted impact of the wind energy sector’s impact on marine mammal populations.

The YPGEA20 Academic Award winner will be announced on Tuesday 16 June at 1100 – good luck all!

The winners of the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2020 will be announced from 15-19 June on Scottish Renewables’ Twitter page (@ScotRenew). The full shortlist for all categories can be found here.

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