UKERC aims to improve Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in energy research by bringing new, diverse voices to the table. One way we are striving to achieve this is through the Whole Systems Networking Fund (WSNF), which is intended to facilitate collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, improve networking and build lasting relationships within the energy research community.

We want to hear your views on the WSNF and how it can be used to its fullest potential to maximise opportunities for diversity. Please click here to fill out the survey; it should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for response submit your response is 17:00 on 25 June 2021.

Our aims for the fund in UKERC Phase 4 are to:

  1. Improve EDI across the energy research space
  2. Offer career enhancement opportunities for Early Careers Researchers (ECRs)
  3. Widen participation to share experience across disciplines and the four UK nations
  4. Undertake collaborative research with non-academic partners to investigate policy-relevant challenges that could be solved through a whole systems approach

We intend to run two calls for proposals, one in 2021 and the second in 2022. To help shape the first call, we will be running two consultative activities in mid-2021: an online survey and an interactive workshop.

The consultative workshop will take place on 1 July 2021 and provide an opportunity to delve deeper into points raised by the survey responses. It will include an introduction to the WSNF, examples of successful projects from the previous round and an overview of our vision for the WSNF in UKERC Phase 4. Attendees will be invited to participate in breakout rooms to discuss key questions, followed by a plenary discussion to feed back to the wider group. More information about the workshop will be released in the coming weeks.

These activities are a fantastic opportunity to help shape UKERC’s research and EDI agenda. For more information, please contact Amber Sawyer.