Report from the 2017 pan-EU early career symposium

Following on from a hugely successful early career research symposium held in Manchester last year, this summer we again hosted over 30 early career researchers (ECRs) from across Europe for ‘Advances in fuel poverty research and practice II: a pan-European early career researcher symposium’.

This event was held in Nottingham on 11th September 2017, and was organised by the University of Manchester, Nottingham Trent University, and National Energy Action. Support and funding was received from Eaga Charitable Trust, and the European Energy Poverty Observatory. Across the day we sought to provide a supportive physical and virtual forum for ECRs from all disciplines to:

  • Share emergent research on or related to domestic energy deprivation;
  • Consider the development of an integrated and innovative conceptual framework for the research and amelioration of fuel poverty;
  • Develop national and international collaborations with public policy officials and civil society;
  • Further strengthen the existing multidisciplinary network of researchers from across Europe.
Attendees at the 2017 symposium. Photo by Julie Rosborough

Attendees at the 2017 symposium. Photo by Julie Rosborough

The symposium was opened by Harriet Thomson (University of Manchester), David Kidney (Eaga Charitable Trust), and Julie Rosborough (Nottingham Trent University). The day featured 15 short presentations by ECRs, and guest talks from Philip Squire (Sustainability Trust NZ), Gail Scholes and Jade Kirk (Robin Hood Energy), and Jamie-Leigh Ruse and Luke Garrett (National Energy Action) [click to view presentations]. Attendees also participated in lively group discussions on designing new indicators of fuel poverty, which will feed in to an application for a new dedicated module on energy poverty in the European Social Survey, as part of ongoing efforts by the European Energy Poverty Observatory to improve data quality and availability.

The symposium was held in partnership with National Energy Action (NEA), one of the UK’s leading fuel poverty charities. As part of this arrangement, 10 ECRs attended NEA’s annual conference (11th to 13th September) and had the opportunity to display poster presentations of their research.

A selection of the ECRs by their posters at NEA's conference. Photo by Raúl Castaño-Rosa @rcr90

A selection of the ECRs by their posters at NEA’s conference. Photo by Raúl Castaño-Rosa @rcr90

Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the event’s success. With the recent awarding of a COST Action grant to support international networking on energy poverty, we can look forward to even more opportunities in the future to share and discuss our work.

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