Aura Centre for Doctoral Training

in offshore wind energy and the environment

Conference 16-18 January 2024 The Acceleration of Offshore Wind Targets

The annual Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) conference is an opportunity for invited individuals from industry and academia to come together to share the latest research around offshore wind and its environmental impacts.

We are excited to welcome presentations from Victoria Metheringham (DEFRA), Marie Renner (EDF UK), Tom Nightingale (Equinor), Dr Niall Tracey (GEOxyz), Dr Andrew Jenkins (Kinewall), Natascha Engel (Ex-MP and CEO Palace Yard) and Andrew Elmes (Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy), as well as representatives of Ecowind Projects. 

The conference schedule will also feature:

– Further presentations from offshore wind sector representatives

– Leading academics from our Partner Institutions

– Cutting-edge research from our Aura CDT researchers

– Conference Dinner at The Deep

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from the Offshore Wind Industry and academics solving the engineering and environmental challenges facing the sector.

Delegates at the 2021 Aura CDT Conference enjoy the poster exhibition and networking in the Aura Innovation Centre reception

Conference Programme

Day 1 - Tues 16 January 2024

Presentations from a variety of industry speakers, including:

Andrew Elmes – Head of Business Development, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Natascha Engel – Former Labour MP and CEO, Palace Yard

Marie Renner – Head of Renewables, EDF Energy

And a lively programme of presentations from specialist researchers working in various academic fields linked to a sustainable future for the offshore wind sector.

Day 2 - Wed 17 January 2024

The conference continues on Wednesday afternoon with registration opening at 12 noon and lunch provided at 12:20.

Kimberley Lloyd, Consultant at Howell Marine Consulting and member of the champion team of the ECOWind Projects

Victoria Metheringham – Head of Marine Biodiversity and Environment Science, DEFRA

Tom Nightingale, North East Stakeholder Manager, Equinor UK

A range of researchers from the ECOWIND projects: ACCELERATE, ECOWINGS and BOWIE, investigating the effects of offshore wind on various aspects of the marine environment, covering elements of the ecosystem such as fish, marine mammals, seabirds, and life on the seabed. We will also hear from the eSWEETS project on biogegochemistry and floating offshore wind farms.

Day 2 - CONFERENCE DINNER Wed 17 January 2024

This year we’re hosting a Conference Dinner for delegates at The Deep

If you would like to join us for the dinner, please specify this when you make your selection of conference sessions on the eventbrite booking form.

One way complimentary coach transportation will be provided to The Deep for our conference dinner, if required.

Day 3 - Thus 18 January 2024

We continue our programme of presentations from specialist researchers working in various academic fields linked to a sustainable future for the offshore wind sector, together with industry speakers, including:

Niall Tracey, Offshore Surveyor GEOxyz/Aura CDT Alumni

Dr Andrew Jenkins, CEO & Founder Kinewell Energy

The session will continue with a panel discussion that will consider what the offshore wind industry will look like in 2040 and what the needs will be? 

“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

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