Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 26/4/2020 09:0028/4/2020 17:00POSTPONED - UK-DE Energy systems symposium Accelerating net zero through policy-research collaborationUniversity of Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George St, Glasgow G1 1RD, Scotland


Hosted jointly by RAEng and Germany’s National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), this event brings together early- to mid-career policymakers and researchers from the UK and Germany. The aim is to foster collaboration on how best to comprehensively and urgently transform national energy systems, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. 

Taking place on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 April, with an evening welcome reception on Sunday 26 April, the event will explore the nature of each nation’s energy transition challenges and will help direct emerging and ongoing research towards solving the most critical policy problems.

Particular focus will be given to:

  • The need for a radically new energy systems concept
  • The deployment of energy storage solutions
  • Public interaction with zero carbon measures

Seed funding is available to support research collaborations arising from the event.

Who should attend?

  • This event is open only to early- to mid-career government officials/policymakers and academic researchers from the UK and Germany, who specialise in a discipline relating to the energy system

  • Government officials/policymakers:

    • Professionals with at least three years’ working experience in defining and implementing policy approaches within or relating to the energy systems space

    • Senior policy advisors; Programme Leads; Heads and Directors of policy programmes

    • Policymakers representing governments at national, devolved, federal, city or local level, plus associated agencies and policy institutions

  • Academic researchers:

    • Research specialists with at least three years' post-PhD working experience and working permanently in an energy discipline

    • Research fellows, Principals and Associates; Programme leads; Professors

    • Researchers representing universities, research centres and other academic institutions

Why attend?

  • Be part of an emerging community that will lead the rapid, large-scale energy transition required to meet national and international climate targets

  • Expand your professional networks across the UK and German policy and research communities

  • Forge working links with fellow policymakers and researchers - with a seed funding offer available to support research-led collaborations arising from the event

  • For policymakers: Gain a greater understanding of how the latest zero-carbon innovations can help solve knotty policy problems

  • For researchers: Gain insight into the latest policy problem landscape in order to maximise the impact of your work  

  • Establish pathways for sharing ideas and best practice between two of Europe’s biggest economies in light of uncertainty

How to apply

This event is by invitation only for professionals based in the UK and Germany. To obtain details of how to apply, please contact Ben McAlinden, International Partnerships Manager at the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

Travel, accommodation and catering expenses will be covered by the host organisation.

Venue and accessibility

It is very important to the Royal Academy of Engineering that our events are accessible to all. If you have any special accessibility requirements, please contact the Events team more than one week in advance of this event so that necessary arrangements can be made.

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