Event: EPSRC engineering net zero week

Registration deadline:
Registration closed
Online and at Advanced Research Centre, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Event type:
Suitable for all

The showcase is an interactive event, with exhibition, panels, workshops and keynote sessions all taking place in person and all accessible to engage with through the virtual platform.

There are three ways you can get involved:

  • physically in person, attending the sessions of interest and visiting the exhibition
  • virtually: drop in and out of the session, engage with the diverse material available from photographic entries, posters, virtual booths and a wide virtual offering during the week. This material will remain available for a number of weeks after the event for you to revisit
  • hybrid: attending some activities in person and others through the virtual platform.

This is a truly flexible way to engage with a wide and diverse community.

The event will be an opportunity to:

  • bring researchers, industry leaders and policy makers together to reflect on and raise awareness of the EPSRC investments made in this space
  • continue the conversations that took place at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26)
  • highlight how our activities link to the sustainable development goals
  • show our response to the outcomes of COP26 and how EPSRC-supported research and innovation can substantially contribute to net zero solutions.

Video credit: EPSRC
On-screen captions and an autogenerated transcript are available on YouTube.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Day 1: Dr Chris Stark, Chief Executive, at the Committee on Climate Change
  • Day 1: Professor Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Adviser of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
  • Day 2: Professor Jim McDonald, the President of Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Day 2: Isobel Sheldon, Chief Strategy Officer of Britishvolt and Jacqui Murray, Deputy Director Faraday Battery Challenge
  • Day 3: Professor Dame Lynn Gladden, Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Highlight panel sessions

Title Chair
University-city partnerships for driving climate resilience and environmental sustainability: Co-benefits across environment, society and economy? Professor Jaime Toney, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions and a Professor of Environmental and Climate Science, University of Glasgow
How do fundamental sciences deliver to net zero Professor Tom Welton, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Professor of Sustainable Chemistry at Imperial College London
Key challenges on the path to net zero transport Professor Greg Marsden, Professor of Transport Governance at the University of Leeds
Whole systems approaches to delivering a sustainable plastics future Professor Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials and Society at University College London
Key challenges in the transition to an integrated net zero energy system Professor Stephen McArthur, Associate Principal and Executive Dean of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde
From ambition to action: Challenges and opportunities for a rapid urbanising world Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Associate Principal (Global Sustainability) and Director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) at Heriot-Watt University
Circular economy research, innovation and implementation Professor Fiona Charnley, Co-Director of the Centre for the Circular Economy and Co-Director of the UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub within the University of Exeter Business School
Whole system approaches for net zero Dr Kedar Pandya, Director, Cross-Council Programmes, EPSRC
How EPSRC-supported research and innovation can contribute to net zero solutions Professor Deborah Greaves, Professor of Ocean Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Plymouth

Four thematic areas

The week’s activities will be focussed around four thematic areas:

  • towards net zero energy
  • solutions for a greener industry and urbanisation
  • our green future
  • delivering zero emissions transport and mobility solutions.

Engineering net zero week will celebrate research being undertaken to achieve net zero ambitions.

Showcasing the research and innovation landmarks that have led to the new technologies and solutions to deliver a net zero world

Towards net zero energy

Towards net zero energy timeline

With energy demand predicted to continue to grow over the next decade, find out how engineering and physical sciences plays an important role in enabling this to happen in a sustainable, net zero way. From the science behind solar panels to the LED lightbulbs in everyone’s homes.

Towards net zero energy timeline

Delivering zero emissions transport and mobility solutions

Transport and mobility solutions timeline

See how long-term EPSRC-supported research has led to innovations such as electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel that have transformed the way we power our vehicles.

Delivering zero emissions transport and mobility solutions timeline

Our green future

Our green future timeline

There is no doubt that our global environment is changing, see the scale of the challenge faced and the long-term multidisciplinary responses, such as the EPSRC-supported Plastics Research and Innovation Fund, which are delivering innovations and solutions for a prosperous society.

Our green future timeline

Solutions for a greener industry and urbanisation

Solutions to a greener industry and urbanisation timeline

See the journey of twenty years of UKRI-supported investment such as the UK Energy Research Centre which have furthered understanding on what a decarbonised energy system could look like.

Solutions for a greener industry and urbanisation timeline

EPSRC engineering net zero showcase webinar

We recently ran a webinar to provide more information to the community on:

  • the engineering net zero theme
  • the event programme
  • how to get involved.

This webinar was recorded and is available to view at:

ENZ Showcase Community webinar via Zoom (34 minutes)

Passcode: 7YN04&k?

Ask about this event

If you have any queries, please contact: engineeringnetzero@epsrc.ukri.org.

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