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ECR Net Zero Conference

ECR Net Zero Conference

This FREE two-day conference, hosted by C-DICE, CREDS, ERA, EnergyREV, IDRIC, TFI Network+, UKCCSRC and UKERC, will bring together early career researchers (ECRs) from across the net zero community. It will include a mix of keynote speakers, parallel sessions (skills based and topic based) and a networking dinner.

The conference aims to provide an opportunity for key research organisations and ECRs to meet and network with peers from different research communities within the wider net zero research community, and build a collaborative community.

Taking place at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, there is also an option to attend virtually. The event will not be fully hybrid, however, and only sessions taking place in the main room will be streamed.

Registration details will be shared with the host organisations for the purpose of organising this conference. Details will be deleted within six months of the event.

Catering will be 50/50 vegetarian/vegan.

ECR Definition:

  • PhD students studying a net zero related topic
  • PDRA who has not been a PI on a grant >£100k (including researchers on precarious (fixed term or project funded) contracts)
  • Please contact the organising team ( if you consider yourself an ECR but do not fit into the criteria outlined above

Agenda (outline):

Wednesday 30th November

11:30-12:30 – Registration and lunch

12:30-13:00 – Welcome and keynote

13:00-13:30 – Icebreaker activity

13:30-14:00 – Break

14:00-15:00 – Plenary session: COP27 – Reflections and actions

15:00-15:30 – Break

15:30-17:00 – Skills-based workshops including: Net zero policy; How to engage effectively with industry; and Net Zero career pathways

17:00-18:30 – Networking reception

19:00-22:00 – Conference dinner

Thursday 1st December

8:30-9:00 – Arrivals and coffee

9:00-10:30 – Net zero topical discussions (3 parallel sessions)including: Bottlenecks and barriers to net zero; COP27 – how to resolve the challenges identified; and Social and environmental impacts of net zero emissions industrial decarbonisation

10:30-11:00 – Break

11:00-12:00 – Plenary session: Topic TBC

12:00-12:30 – Keynote and closing remarks

12:30-14:00 – Networking lunch and departures


Etihad Stadium

Ashton New Road


M11 3FF



30th November to 1st December 2022

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