Conference 2022

Aura Centre for Doctoral Training

in offshore wind energy and the environment

Conference 1 - 2 November 2022 Transitioning to Clean Energy

The 2022 Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) conference brought industry and academia to come together to share the latest research on the theme of 'Transitioning to Clean Energy'.

Keynote Speaker:

Prof Juergen Maier CBE (Northern Powerhouse Partnership, ex-Siemens UK Chief Executive)


  • Will Apps, Crown Estate
  • Ian Livingston, Equinor
  • John Harris, HR Wallingford
  • David Bould, Ørsted
  • Chris Briggs, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • Ross Wigg, Vercity Consultancy

– Leading academics from our Partner Institutions

– Cutting-edge research from our Aura CDT researchers.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, we will also be including an awards ceremony for outstanding PhD research from our Aura CDT students.

Network with colleagues from the Offshore Wind Industry and academics solving the engineering and environmental challenges facing the sector.

Image credit: Siemens Gamesa – loading blades onto a ship in Hull

arrow arrow

Conference programme in brief

Day 1 - Tues 1 November

We open the conference with a lively blend of presentations and discussion sessions, including:   

Keynote Address Juergen Maier, Former CE-Siemens UK

Industry Speakers Will Apps, Crown Estates Ian Livingston, Equinor

Followed by a Panel discussion where our speakers will be joined by Jane Cooper, RenewableUK.

Academic talks A diverse set of talks by Academics from our partner Institutions, alongside PhD researchers with the Aura CDT, presenting the research solutions of tomorrow. Topics include: Grid Integration – Transmitting the Energy Revolution; Manufacturing-  Infusing the Next Generation; Operations & Maintenance – Powering Performance Monitoring; Co-Location – Sharing in Success

Day 2 - Wed 2 November

Day Two will be a blend of talks, research presentations and interactive activities with:   

Industry speakers John Harris, HR Wallingford; David Bould, Ørsted; Chris Briggs, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy; Ross Wigg, Vercity Consultancy

Research presentations Our talented PhD researchers and colleagues will showcase our expertise and innovation in addressing the global issue of developing sustainable offshore wind energy, working around session themes: Environmental Changes – Sediment, Scour & the Seabed; Innovations in energy storage; Operations & Maintenance – Optimisation via Digitalisation; Under the Sea – Marine Life in a Changing World

Research Prizes Thanks to the generous sponsorshop of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Ørsted, we will announce the winners of the best student presentation and best student academic poster.

“Rapid growth of offshore wind energy is central to the UK’s ambitious Build Back Greener strategy supporting Net-Zero 2050. Developing the technology and the talent for the sustainable delivery of offshore wind is a key industrial and environmental challenge. Here Aura, and the Humber region, is leading the way globally. We look forward to showcasing our state-of-the-art research, development and innovation supporting UK’s aspirations for offshore wind energy.”

Dr Rob Dorrell, Director, Aura CDT at the University of Hull

For an informal discussion, call +44 (0) 1482 463331
or contact