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First student-organised energy conference attracts high-profile speakers from industry

Warwick Energy Conference took place earlier this month, with nearly 200 delegates taking part in lectures, discussions, networking sessions and panel events. Several high-profile speakers were in attendance, including Martin Orrill, Head of Innovation and Technology at British Gas, who gave a fascinating keynote speech.

A panel of academics from across a variety of fields within industry (including engineers, business leaders and social scientists), tried to answer the question ‘Do we have the technology to transition to a low carbon economy?’. Students were then given the opportunity to present their energy-related research projects. The student society Engineers Without Boarders Warwick were awarded the top prize of £250, for their project delivering wind turbine energy in Tanzania.

The event was followed by a networking session, with speakers, panellists, students and alumni getting the opportunity to discuss the success of the day, as well as future exciting opportunities within the industry.

Sam Pearson, an engineering student from Warwick, said: "I found the day really interesting, but particularly the bit about nuclear fusion. The speakers were really varied and engaging, there were also plenty of chances to ask questions and discuss ideas."

Kosta Kolev, event organiser and Vice-President of the Engineering Society explained: "We wanted to show that being an engineer is about taking a holistic view and solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. I think the day was a great success, and a testament to how the Engineering Society has grown. We are already looking forward to continuing this event next year.”

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Picture: Warwick Energy Conference

Further information about the Engineering Society can be found on their Facebook page.

Thu 27 Feb 2014, 16:41 | Tags: Undergraduate Engineering Society EWB Faculty of Science