New Energy Systems Thinkers: an innovative, interdisciplinary programme for postgraduates engaged in energy research


View slides from the Michaelmas 2016 talks here.

What is NEST?

NEST@Oxford seeks to bring together DPhil students from different disciplines and complement their doctoral experience with a programme of lectures, seminars, field trips and other engagement activities, which provide context to their thesis topic and widen their perspective on major energy challenges. As part of the programme, small multidisciplinary teams of four to six students will be set real-world challenges, formulated by project partners. NEST will give our DPhil students exposure to a wide range of energy topics and provides them with context to their specific problem. It will also allow them to create
 a network of energy professionals, which will enhance their career prospects and long-term impact on energy challenges. The creative minds coming together under NEST will bring about fresh ideas and new ways of addressing some of the most challenging problems of our time.

Who is NEST for?

NEST is open to postgraduate students and early career postdocs researching energy issues from any University of Oxford department.

Why is NEST needed?

Providing access to secure, affordable and sustainable energy is one of our biggest challenges in the 21st century. It calls for a collective effort to address the technical, societal, economic and political issues involved. At the University of Oxford over 190 senior academics and many more postdoctoral and DPhil researchers approach future energy challenges with a portfolio of disciplinary expertise. Oxford is leading on the integration of cross-disciplinary research to foster whole system solutions and NEST will play an important role in achieving this.


Michaelmas 2016

Introduction to Energy Systems

Leading energy experts from across the University of Oxford will present their research during introductory lunchtime talks at the Oxford Martin School, 1-2pm.

14 Oct: Energy Systems – Chris Llewellyn Smith

21 Oct: Energy and Development – Malcolm McCulloch

28 Oct: The Carbon Problem –  Myles Allen

4 Nov: Decarbonising Heat – Nick Eyre

18 Nov: TBC

25 Nov: Fluid driven generation; wind and tides – Richard Willden

2 Dec: Energy Economics – Cameron Hepburn

 For more information, contact Freya Stanley-Price.