BIEE’s Oxford Conference is a biennial research conference that seeks to understand the drivers of change in energy, both positive and negative. The conference is aimed at energy analysts, researchers, strategy and policy thinkers from all backgrounds, including industry, academia and research organisations, government, the finance community, NGOs and consultancies. BIEE conferences are renowned for the quality of their speakers, for their open, productive discussion and debate and for the diverse range of participants. They provide a forum for sharing new thinking and ideas from across the sector. It is the mix of people and perspectives that makes this conference distinctive.
‘The conference is a fantastic opportunity and melting pot for people in the energy industry, from government from academia from other research organisations. One of the real advantages and one of the special features of the BIEE conference is it’s a place where all of those energy interested people come together. They learn from each other they spark off each other and they build new networks and new coalitions to help drive the energy sector forward.’
Professor Matthew Leach
The societal discussion of climate change has moved on rapidly in the last two years. The 2018 IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees reinforced the scale of the global challenge, particularly for the energy sector. Cultural movements and social media have driven climate change into the news agenda and popular consciousness. A whole new lexicon has quickly emerged: ‘global heating’, ‘the climate emergency’, ‘extinction rebellion’ and the phrase ‘net zero’ itself. In the UK, legally binding carbon budgets have stood firm and been reinforced. The CCC’s advice on net zero may prove to be a turning point in forcing climate change into the heart of policy making across government. The UK’s subsequent adoption of net zero emissions as an official timebound target has already proved internationally influential.
But actually delivering net zero will require social change, alongside a revolution in technologies and business models across all parts of the economy. The transition to net zero energy will need to be part of a broader societal transformation that reconfigures technologies, markets, investment and policies across energy and related sectors (e.g. transport and construction). We will need to enable people to travel, to keep warm and stay cool, and to produce food and goods without carbon emissions. The transition to net zero will need to be done in ways that are socially acceptable and just. It will demand the mobilisation of huge volumes of capital investment but will result in positive outcomes not only for the climate, but also for the environment, the economy, health, and wellbeing.
The 2020 research conference will focus on building the foundations and policies of the low carbon transition aimed at achieving a net zero carbon society in a way that is fair and just. It will address how we live, work and travel, and how policy, infrastructure and the private sector can respond to enable the transformation of heat, transport and industry. It will consider international perspectives and what can be learnt from the experiences of other countries and market sectors.
See the outline programme
Our Call for Papers is now open.
Academics researchers and energy professionals in the energy policy, industry, financial, analyst, consulting and media communities are invited to submit their proposals for an opportunity to speak in the conference parallel sessions. These can be industry case studies, reports of recent trials, comment on current energy policy, social, economic or finance issues, as well as academic papers aligned to the conference theme. We are seeking submissions for paper and case study presentations, dialogue session topics which can generate a stimulating discussion and student ‘pitches’.
One of the main aims of this conference is to bring together experts from different sectors and backgrounds to ensure that a wide a range of viewpoints and perspectives are represented.
Submissions are welcomed from the economic social behavioural and technology research communities, and from energy analysts, strategy and policy thinkers from all backgrounds. You don’t have to be an economist or an academic to submit an abstract. We welcome submissions from both academic and non-academic institutions.
For anyone new to this conference, this is not just a call for academic and/or economic papers. Our 2018 sessions included contributions from BEIS, Ofgem, Energy Systems Catpult, Npower, Which?, Elexon, Cambridge Econometrics and a number of other consultancies, to name but a few.
Download call for papers here BIEE-2020-call for abstracts Nov 6
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Selection criteria will be a combination of quality, originality, relevance to the conference theme and for a mixed audience of energy professionals and academics.
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Registration fees will be published on the website by December 31st . Registration will open at the end of March.
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 3rd 2020
Notification of Outcome: w/c April 27th
Presenter Registration Deadline: June 18th
Paper Submission Deadline: September 1st.
Presentation Deadline: September 11th
Conference: September 22nd – 23rd 2020
Chris Harris – Npower, Conference Chair
Alina Bakhareva – Elexon
Jorge Blazquez – BP
Dr Marie Claire Brisbois/ Dr Abigail Martin – University of Sussex
George Day/Dr Rose Chard – Energy Systems Catapult
Joe Perkins/Jane Dennett-Thorpe – Ofgem
Dhara Vyas/Elizabeth Errington – Citizens Advice
Adrian Gault – The Committee on Climate Change
Vivienne Geard – BEIS
Richard Green – Imperial College London
Tanja Groth – Sweco
Richard Howard – Aurora Energy Research
Severine Turgis/Jaakko Kennila – Energy UK
Prof David Newbery – University of Cambridge
Dr Maria Sharmina – Tyndall Centre University of Manchester
Prof Peter Taylor – University of Leeds
Will Webster – Oil and Gas UK
Dr Grant Wilson – University of Sheffield