Diversifying the Energy Sector: EDI initiatives that succeed

07 Feb 2024

Date/time: 26 March 2024, 10am-6pm

Location: Coin Street Conference Centre, 108 Stamford Street London SE1 9NH – and online

Join the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and the Energy Institute (EI) for this free conference highlighting projects and initiatives that promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in energy – from academia to industry and beyond.

Through a combination of presentations, panel sessions and both structured and informal networking, you will discover what EDI initiatives work from people who have led the way, and learn how you and your organisation can make a difference – for example, by creating a more equitable, diverse and inclusive working environment and by listening to the needs of under-represented groups and communities.

You will have the opportunity to engage with researchers and EDI representatives about how their projects are having an impact in the real world, exchange ideas about career paths and progression, and discuss how EDI is already changing the energy sector for the better, as well as what needs to happen next.

The event will draw on the experience of projects supported by UKERC’s Whole Systems Networking Fund, as well as other EDI-linked projects and initiatives.

The event is aimed at people from across the energy/STEM sector, academia and beyond, and at all career stages – from those starting out to senior leaders. We welcome people who are new to the field of EDI, as well as experts and everyone in between.

To register, please visit our Eventbrite page here

Draft agenda

Please note final timings and details TBC

10:00 – 10:30: Arrival and registration

10:30 – 10:35: Opening remarks

10:35 – 11:00: Keynote address

Chair: Prof. Rob Gross, UKERC Director
Keynote: Prof. Christopher Jackson, Jacobs

11:00 – 11:30: Introduction to EDI-related projects

Chair: Dr Xinfang Wang, University of Birmingham

EDI Projects:

• Intersectionality in the Careers of Ethnic Minority Energy Professionals – Dr Mehreen Gul, Heriot-Watt University
• EDI in Energy Policy Development, Dr Federico Caprotti, University of Exeter
• Energy Modelling for All – Dr Lirong Liu, University of Surrey
• Energy SHINES – Dr Rihab Khalid, University of Cambridge
• Energy, Health and Happiness – Dr Eleanya Nduka, University of Warwick
• Pride in Energy – Joshua Atkins, National Grid
• TIDE – Rhiannon Phillips, Ofgem
• EDI+ – Prof. Simone Abram , Durham Energy Institute, Durham University

11:35 – 12:50: Structured networking focused on EDI-related projects

12:50 – 14:00: Lunch 

14:00 – 15:00: EDI case studies

Chair: Prof Becky Lunn, University of Strathclyde

Case studies:

• bp – Elevating neurodiverse talent, Meike Bliebenicht

15:00 – 16:00: Panel discussion – What’s next for EDI in energy?

Chair: Georgina Worrall, POWERful Women


• Aileen Bevan, Innovate UK

16:00 – 16:05 Closing remarks
16:05 – 18:00 Networking reception