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Applications are invited for this Summer School

Accelerating the Decarbonisation of Mobility: Working Across Boundaries

This Summer School is aimed at PhD students and Early Career Researchers working on any aspect of the challenge of decarbonising mobility in both the passenger and freight sectors. The scale of the challenge is huge and the scope of what needs to be done equally broad. Developing different energy pathways for a wide range of mobility technologies creates huge engineering challenges. These are deeply intertwined with implementation issues surrounding the allocation of space, funding and business models and social imaginations of the ways in which people and businesses will move around and the policy environments through which this unfolds. The Summer School is focussed on building skills to appreciate how to connect across disciplines, modes, scales and methods to better equip attendees for the challenges researchers are now tasked with addressing.


Benefits of attending the Summer School:

  • Gain an appreciation of the scale and scope of the challenge of decarbonising transport
  • Understand how different disciplinary perspectives contribute to the decarbonisation agenda
  • Develop new skills to help connect my work to that of other researchers and practitioners
  • Develop exciting new ideas to tackle the decarbonisation challenge for transport
  • Appreciate the importance of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion to your research and practice

 Who is this for?

The Summer School is supported by the Cut Carbon which brings together a set of EPSRC funded Networks each tackling a different part of the decarbonisation challenge. The networks cover a range of engineering challenges but also address the relationships between technological change and social change and between institutional structures, policy design and technology. The Summer School is primarily aimed at PhD students and Early Career Researchers working in the area of decarbonising transport. If your work is relevant and this sounds like the kind of environment that you would like to be part of then we would like to hear from you.

 When and where will it be?

27-29 September 2022, National Railway Museum, York

 What will it cost?

The Summer School is fully funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The course is free to attend for PhD students and Early Career Researchers based in the UK. Once at the event, food and accommodation will be provided. Travel to and from your place of residence (in the UK) to the Summer School will also be covered though we may ask you to purchase travel tickets in advance to be reimbursed.

 How to apply

Complete and submit the Summer School Application form by 17:00 GMT on 24 June 2022.

 Link to online application form:


Dr Andrew Smallbone is leading a project that is working with the Church of England to help decarbonise their heating and meet their aim of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions for their operations by 2030.

The project is modelling Durham Cathedral and three local churches to assess the impacts of technology and behavioural interventions on the building CO2 emissions. Watch the video to find out more.

Durham University in collaboration with Crondall Energy innovate in Compressed Air Energy Storage as part of £30.5 million UK Government Competition

Crondall press

Durham University and Crondall Energy have announced a partnership to accelerate the development of Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) in the UK continental shelf. This comes after the award of funding from the UK government to investigate feasibility of an offshore CAES system as part of Phase 1 in the Long Duration Energy Storage competition. The department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have allocated £30.5 million to investigate the feasibility of innovative storage technologies and develop first-of-a-kind prototypes. The project lead for Durham Is Dr Andrew Smallbone. More details here

New partnership with India to help decarbonise foundation industries

Amrita Industry Partnership

A new Durham University partnership with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University) will support key foundation industries in India and the UK to decarbonise using the latest thermal energy innovations.

Addressing the thermal energy challenge through collaboration

The UK-India FI-SusTEM Collaboration, led by Durham University, aims to tackle the challenge of transforming foundation industries by focusing on optimisation, efficiency improvement, and energy cost reduction through the capture, storage and utilisation of waste heat through technological innovations to exploit low-grade heat for power, heat and cooling applications, including:

  • development of new heat exchanger and recovery technology,
  • thermal energy storage materials and
  • new thermochemical cycles.
Further information about the new partnership can be found here


Network-H2 launches call for papers for September Conference

Network-H2 is organising a Special Issue to be published by the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy and in addition, contributors will have the opportunity to give an oral presentation of their research during online academic conference between 20th and 22nd September 2022.

We are now inviting submission of research paper abstracts within the scope of the above challenge themes and any other relevant topics. Up to 20 papers will be selected for inclusion in the Special Issue and the authors will be asked to complete and submit full research manuscript for peer review.
By submitting a manuscript for consideration, authors agree to (i) prepare a full-length conference manuscript by 8th April 2022 and commit to deliver an oral presentation during the Network-H2 Conference programme between the 20th and 22nd September 2022, if the submission is accepted.
Please confirm or otherwise interest in submitting an abstract now. The 200-word abstract with a provisional manuscript title should be submitted before Friday 25th February via email to
Further details about the call can be found here

Feasibility Funding Award made to Surrey University

The first Award from the EPSRC Network+ Heating and Cooling Decarbonisation has been made to Surrey University for a project entitled Heat4All. Researchers from Surrey University will work with partners Woking Borough Council, Thameswey, UKERC, ADE  and CESI to explore how to 

minimise fuel poverty in the UK whilst simultaneously delivering Netzero targets and develop a future equitable decarbonised distributed (FEDD) heating system. The project is due to produce a report on their findings in April 2022.

Tackling the ‘Moothane’ problem - cutting greenhouse gas from livestock

Dr Andrew Smallbone is one of the leading researchers in this exciting new project researching how we can remove carbon emissions from agricultural practices

Professor Tony Roskilly leads the way in netzero maritime research

A new video released by EPSRC entitled "Making Waves - the future of Shipping" features the work of Professor Tony Roskilly and Dr Janie Ling-Chin in exploring the future potential and investment needs of hydrogen in the maritime sector.

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