Innovation and Disruption: the energy sector in transition

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St John’s College, Oxford,OX1 3JP
September 21st-22nd  2016

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This event brings together industry leaders, policymakers and academics to explore the big trends and likely discontinuities in energy over the next five to ten years and to look at how innovation will change the future energy mix and the thrust of policy.

Watch  speakers  and participants discussing the questions and topics that will be debated at the conference with Prof Matthew Leach, Charles Hendry, Martin Haigh, Steve Jennings, James Leaton, Volker Beckers, Carina Correia, David Gudgin, Dr Matt Hannon.

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Conference Theme

Innovation and disruption are characteristics of current energy industries and markets, nationally and globally. Every part of the energy sector is experiencing rapid change and high rates of innovation, with some examples of managed transitions, but often with disruptive transformation driven by external factors.

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Plenary Speakers

Hear from high level speakers and thought leaders including  Barbara Buchner, Prof Mariana Mazzucato, Steve Jennings,  James Leaton, Volker Beckers, Sara Bell and Prof Michael Pollitt.

Plenary Speakers

Visit our Videos page to see interviews with other speakers and participants including Martin Haigh Shell Scenarios Team on the energy transition, David Gudgin Albion Community Power on local generation and new business models and James Leaton Carbon Tracker Initiative on sources of disruption and the problems of forecasting such a rapidly changing sector.


We are running three plenary sessions and fourteen parallel sessions over the two days.

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Who Attends ?

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. The conference is avowedly international in outlook and attendance. It is the mix of people and perspectives that makes this conference distinctive.

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Why Attend ?

Delegates will participate in two days of stimulating, interactive discussion and debate on the impact of innovation and disruption on the energy sector and gain an overview of how “innovation” – not just technological innovation but innovations in policy and the way energy developments are financed – will transform the energy sector in the next five to ten years.

Why attend




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Raise your profile, position your company at the centre of the transformation of the energy sector, and support high quality, informed debate of key energy issues in the UK.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this conference  please email    to request a sponsorship prospectus  and enquire about sponsorship options  with Peter Stewart or Will Blyth or Debbie Heywood.

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Conference Committee

Prof Matthew Leach (Chair),  University of Surrey

Dan Alchin , Energy UK

Volker Beckers,  Chairman, Albion Community Power, Former CEO RWE Npower,

Dr William Blyth Oxford Energy Associates

Jessica Britton, University of Exeter

Dr Peter Connor, University of Exeter

George Day, Energy Technologies Institute

Dr Steven Fries, BEIS

Adrian Gault, The Committee on Climate Change

Prof. Richard Green, Imperial College Business School

Dr. Anouk Honore, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford

Paul Horsnell, Standard Chartered

Prof David Newbery, University of Cambridge

Dr Steve Sorrell, University of Sussex

Peter Stewart, Interfax

Jonathan Thurlwell, IPA Advisory

Key Dates

Paper Submission Deadline*: August 31st 2016
Final Registration Deadline: September 14th 2016
Presentation Deadline: September 15th 2016
Conference: September 21st – 22nd 2016

* accepted authors


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