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Rescheduled: CESI Interdisciplinary Research for Energy Systems Integration: Identifying the Needs of Users

Co-hosted by CESI, Energy Technology Partnership, Energy Systems Catapult and the Centre for Energy Policy this workshop is aimed at developing best practice guidelines for effective and coherent energy systems integration research in the UK

Date/Time: Tuesday 28th January, 2020, 10.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD

Background to the event 

This EPSRC National Centre for Energy System Integration (CESI) funded project seeks to synthesise lessons from across the UK’s energy community to develop best practice guidelines for effective and coherent energy systems integration research. This workshop constitutes the project’s 3rd and final workshop on interdisciplinary applied research for energy systems integration in the UK. It will examine which energy systems integration topics should be prioritised and how research could help to inform decision-making; primarily from a research user’s perspective (e.g. industry, government, non-departmental public bodies, NGOs).


There is a growing body of knowledge on energy systems transition, but this is scattered among several different centres and networks – creating a complex and fast-moving research landscape with missed opportunities for collaborative learning. The outcomes of this workshop and the wider CESI project will be shared with key public funders of research (e.g. UKRI, EPSRC and InnovateUK) with the aim of informing what types of energy systems integration research project are funded in the future.

Aim of the Workshop 

The workshop will provide a structured discussion between researchers, businesses, other research users and stakeholders, aimed at developing good practice guidelines for effective and coherent energy systems integration research in the UK. The workshop will be held at the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) at the University of Strathclyde and will be co-hosted by the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) and the Energy Systems Catapult.

By drawing together actors responsible for utilising, undertaking and coordinating energy systems integration research, this joint workshop will explore questions such as:

  1. What are the key priorities for inter-disciplinary energy systems research from a user’s perspective?
  2. What types of evidence do users require to tackle these challenges and why?
  3. How should these research projects be structured to deliver timely, high-quality outputs for users?
Speakers include
  • Professor Phil Taylor, Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI)
  • Professor Karen Turner, Director Of The Centre For Energy Policy
  • Eric Brown, Innovation Director, Energy Systems Catapult
  • Dr Mark Winskel, CESI and Policy Director, ClimateXChange.
  • Simon Gill, Energy Engineer, Office of the Chief Economic Advisor, Scottish Government.

Registration is free but essential to secure attendance. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.