2019 marked the first joint LoLo-ERBE Colloquium, showcasing the work of current LoLo students and outlining visions for the new ERBE Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).
CDT Director Bob Lowe began the day by sharing his reflections on the CDT’s transition from LoLo to ERBE. Fellow CDT Director Kevin Lomas followed this up with a summary of the centre’s highlights of 2019, including academic publications from CDT students, the “ice box challenge” at the summer school in Cambridge, and the first ERBE block week in Loughborough.
The next session proceeded with presentations from LoLo final year students Zack Wang (UCL), Dan Wright (LU), Harry Kennard (UCL), Matthew Li (LU), and Clare Hanmer (UCL). Topics covered included domestic heating demand and supply technologies, zonal controls, thermal variety and health, thermal performance of UK homes, and user experience of heat pumps.
After hearing from the final year students, attendees had a chance to engage with research from all current LoLo students during the poster session. A wide range of methods and theories were demonstrated in the students’ work, highlighting the broad and cross-disciplinary nature of the research embraced by the CDT. Seb Junemann was announced as the winner of the poster competition, with an interactive poster that allowed everyone to try out his PhD method for themselves. David Kenington was awarded the ‘Directors’ Choice’ for his work on bringing insights from smart meter data to the hospitality industry.
LoLo alumni Dr Paula Morgenstern and Dr Daniel Quiggin each delivered a keynote speech, drawing from their experiences during their PhDs and in their careers. Paula (Building Performance Manager at BAM Construct) discussed the challenges of addressing the performance gap when aiming for net-zero buildings. Daniel (Senior Policy Advisor at BEIS) outlined the difficulties and opportunities of negative emissions technologies from the perspective of different institutional actors.
As the day drew to a close, Bob Lowe took to the stage again to raise a toast to all LoLo alumni and present the CDT’s PhD graduates with a commemorative plaque. The Colloquium ended on a note of celebration, recognising the achievements of past and present students of LoLo and looking forward to new beginnings with the ERBE CDT.
post by: Nicole Watson (UCL)
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