Energy 2050 Postgraduate Symposium

The University’s Energy2050 initiative, The Doctoral Academy and The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures are holding an Energy Postgraduate Symposium on Friday 20th November 2015, 10am-2pm at the Octagon.

With more than 250 PhD students and many more Masters students in energy-related disciplines across the University, there is a huge opportunity for you to collaborate with your peers and help shape the development of our identity in this important research area.

Speakers from the University and from Industry will talk about their experiences of using an energy PhD in their careers.  With ample opportunities to network, the event is designed to facilitate conversations, create stronger links and foster collaboration across the University.

Specifically, the event aims to:

  • Stimulate networking between PhD and other postgrad students working on similar energy themes, but based in different departments/faculties
  • Help PhD and other postgrad students to consider what path their future careers may take, with speakers from academia and industry.
  • Students attending will be required to provide a poster (Size A0) showcasing their research which will be viewed by delegates over lunch. A £250 prize will be awarded for the best poster.

To register for the event please complete the registration form.

Aims for the day:

  • To bring together PhD and postgrad students from all faculties involved in Energy related research
  • Exchange research ideas and help foster the Energy Community across the University


  • 9:30-10:00 Registration and Coffee
  • 10:00–10:30 Introduction and welcome
    • Professor Richard Jones, PVC for Research and Innovation
    • Professor Ian Douglas, Doctoral Academy Director
  • 10:30-10:45 A career in Energy Policy – the view from DECC 
    • Matthew Billson, Programme Director, Energy2050 & career civil servant
  • 10:45-11:15 Using a PhD in industry
    • Arwyn Thomas, Siemens Wind Power
    • Rachel Hall, GE Power
  • 11:15-11:45 My academic career post PhD
    • Prof Lenny Koh, Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), Management School
    • Dr Alistair Buckley, Sheffield Solar, Dept of Physics
    • Dr Claire Corkhill, Nuclear Waste Materials, Dept of Materials Science & Engineering
  • 11:45-12:00 Energy 2050 strategy
    • Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Head of University Energy Research
  • 12:00-12:30 Q&A session
  • 12:30- 14:00 Lunch
    • Poster session, and networking around themes
    • Delegates will be able to book 1:1 meetings over lunch with the Industrial and academic speakers