2023 Birmingham Decarbonisation Summer School
- What is it?
- When, where?
- Support available to summer school post-doc participants.
- List of Eligible Universities.
What is it?
The Birmingham Decarbonisation Summer School is a five-day event that will bring doctoral and postdoctoral researchers together to propose a technical solution and business model for a decarbonisation challenge. Accepted applicants will be pooled into interdisciplinary teams of up to 5 members each and will compete by pitching their proposal to a judging panel by the end of the summer school. The winning team will receive a lot of kudos and a £500 prize to be split amongst the team members (up to £100 per person, this may take the form of vouchers).
The summer school will focus this year on decarbonising a railway service in the UK. We are partnering with Ricardo plc, a leading engineering consultancy, who will present the challenge and put you in the seat of a consultant for the week. There will be plenty of technical talks by academics and industry experts to better familiarise attendees with the challenges facing railway decarbonisation. Lastly, a social programme and team building activities are planned to ensure a fun week for all!
This event is sponsored and supported by ERA, C-DICE, N8 NIST-CS, Ricardo plc, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), and the University of Birmingham IEEE Student Branch.
Day 1: Getting to know each other and gaining Railway specific knowledge, rounded off with an informal networking event.
Day 2: Interacting with the case study and an opportunity to find out more about the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education.
Day 3: Developing a solution and an opportunity to network with our sponsors at the our gala dinner.
Day 4: Developing your pitch and exploring next steps to achieve funding.
Day 5: Pitching your idea accompanied by a tour of The Exchange Birmingham.
Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham from the 24 of July till the 28 of July. Given that participants will be put into teams, participation is possible in-person only in order to guarantee an engaging experience for everyone involved.
Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers of all disciplines across the ERA, C-DICE and N8 networks are eligible to apply for this summer school. Please check if your institution (university) is a partner of any of these networks, list of universities is here.
If you are a postdoctoral researcher at a UK university that is not one of these partner, or work in industry, but would like to join the summer school, please contact Lennie Foster (L.A.Foster@lboro.ac.uk) to arrange for a preliminary meeting to discuss the alignment of interests. You can apply if this is indicated after the meeting.
Applications are now closed!
Support available to summer school post-doc participants
|Registration opens||24 March|
|Info webinar – register here.||28 April|
|Application deadline||10 May|
|Notification to applicants||24 May|
|Deadline for applicant acceptance||31 May|
|Summer School||24 – 28 July|
List of Eligible Universities
Post-docs and PhD students from the following institutions can apply to take part in the summer school:
- Aston University
- University of Birmingham
- University of Bristol
- University of Cambridge
- Cranfield University
- Durham University
- University of Edinburgh
- Heriot Watt University
- Keele University
- Lancaster University
- University of Leeds
- University of Leicester
- University of Liverpool
- Loughborough University
- University of Manchester
- Newcastle University
- University of Nottingham
- University of Sheffield
- University of Southampton
- University of Warwick
- University of York
In addition to the universities above, researchers at the following universities, who are funded by the Faraday Institution or Alan Turing Institute can also access this opportunity.
- Queen Mary
- St Andrews