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Round up of the ETP 9th Annual Conference 2020

The ETP Annual Conference was back for the 9th year running where the Scottish research pool for energy hosted an online event where 7 leaders in engineering spoke at the conference, 48 PhD and Early Career Researchers presented their work in 9 Session Streams - all over 2 days! Read on to find out about the first online ETP Annual Conference.

The event heard from a range leading figures in the engineering industry and academia, including; Professor Sir Jim McDonald (Chair of ETP), Adel El Gammal (EERA Secretary General), David Bould (Lead R&D Specialist at Ørsted), António Sarmento (Founder and President of the Board of WavEC Offshore Renewables) and Professor Keith Bell (Member of Committee for Climate Change). ETP Alumni and Senior Engineer at ScottishPower, Sofia Koukoura also spoke at the conference outlining her experience of transitioning from academia to working in industry.

There were 9 Stream Sessions at the conference; Energy Systems, Offshore Energy and Energy Generation & Use where PhD and Early Career Researchers who joined the conference from the UK, Belgium, Canada and the USA presented their research about sustainable energy to delegates.

Each Stream Session was chaired by an academic who is an expert in their field and who selected the Best Presenter from each Stream Session:
•    A1: Agatha Williams-Kellly, University of Edinburgh
•    B1: Marius-Liviu Balan, University of Strathclyde
•    C1: Stefano Landini, Heriot-Watt University
•    A2: Alexandre Milovanoff, University of Toronto
•    B2: Mohammed Almoghayer, Heriot-Watt University
•    C2: Elvis Cao, Cornell University
•    A3: Kirsten Brown, University of Strathclyde
•    B3: James Cairns, University of Glasgow
•    C3: William Coley, University of Strathclyde

The ETP Poster Competition 2020 took place online which gives PhD students the opportunity to raise the profile of their research, get feedback about their work and be in the running to win an ETP prize.

This year’s competition received 18 entries which can be viewed here. The winners of this year’s competition are:
•    1st prize: Paul Kerr, University of Edinburgh
•    2nd prize: Emma Whettall, Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
•    3rd prize: Muhammad Abid, Ulster University

This year’s conference saw ETP and Skillfluence, who train scientists with bespoke professional development workshops, join forces to host two workshops. Conference delegates had the choice of attending; Quick Start Guide to Connecting with Industry to consider ways researchers can work with industry and Storytelling for Researchers to improve science communication skills.

To wrap up the conference, the host Stephen-Mark Williams, Executive Director of ETP shared the results of the event poll which conference delegates participated in which showed interesting results!

•    Q1. Do you believe Scotland will meet its statutory obligation to become net zero by 2045?
Yes = 61%
No= 39%

•    Q2. Do you think that global leaders have made sufficient provision to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #7 which is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030?
Yes = 7%
No= 93%

The conference also saw the special launch of the "ETP Review of Innovation in the Scottish Solar Energy Sector" report about the opportunties available in the Scottish solar energy sector. The report has been published by the ETP Solar Theme Group and has been co-written by a team of academics based in Scotland who maket several recomendations for policymakers in areas including; Energy Generation, Innovation & Economy, Government Policy and Research & Development.

You can find more information about the conference here. The ETP Annual Conference will return in Autumn 2021, see you next year!

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