2024 Birmingham Decarbonisation Summer School – Accelerating Energy Transition towards Net-Zero | 17th – 21st June, University of Birmingham

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Decarbonisation summer school


Event Summary:

Event: Birmingham Decarbonisation Summer School (BDSS) 2024

Topic: Accelerating Energy Transition towards Net-Zero

Date: 17th June – 21st June

Venue: School of engineering, University of Birmingham

Event Form: In-person

Fee: Free

Who can apply: All PhD students and postdocs from all UK universities and industry companies.

Programme and registration: https://www.cdice.ac.uk/2024bdss/ (Deadline: 28th May 2024)


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).

This summer school will focus on decarbonising a HVAC transmission line in the UK. We are partnering with SSEN, one of the leading Transmission System Operators in the UK, who will present the challenge and put you in the seat of a consultant engineer for the week. There will be plenty of technical talks by industry experts and academics to better familiarise attendees with the Energy Transition challenges towards Net-Zero. A site visit to Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre in Tyseley Energy Park will demonstrate the latest Net-Zero solutions. An early career forum will be hosted and opportunities and challenges of finding a job and working in Net-Zero industry companies will be discussed by panellists. Lastly, diverse lunch throughout the week and two social events in the first two evenings are provided to ensure a fun week for all!

You will also be invited to participate in a research project during the summer school which aims to improve researchers’ English presentation skills.

This summer school is organised by School of Engineering, University of Birmingham and sponsored by ERAC-DICECIGRE UKN8the Royal Societythe British Academy.


When, where?

School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, from the 17 of June till the 21 of June. 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 from all UK universities are eligible to apply for this summer school.

If you are a postdoctoral researcher working 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.

How To Apply:

To Register please follow the link below to see the resignations step by step guide along with the assessment criteria. Please note the registration deadline: 28th May 2024



Day 1 – Getting On-Track

  • Meet your team members
  • SSEN presents the summer school challenge
  • Seminars about Challenge, Blueprint and solutions of Energy Transition towards Net-Zero
  • Walk together towards Westmere House (on-campus) for the welcome reception

Day 2 – Seminars Day

  • Seminars about Energy Transition solutions and best practices, team science and EDI
  • Networking Dinner on campus

Day 3 – Developing your Concepts

  • Site visit to Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre at the Tyseley Energy Park
  • Time to work on your proposals

Day 4 – Building your Pitch

  • Time to work on your proposals
  • Time to work on your pitch

Day 5 – The Pitch

  • Meet the judges and present your pitch
  • Winners will be announced and award will be presented

for a more detailed program overview please click here

Birmingham Decarbonisation Summer School (BDSS) 2024