On Friday the 21st October we held our rescheduled interactive and participatory workshop. There was an amazing response from across the hydrogen community with over 90 participants. Facilitated by The Collective, we first heard from Prof Tim Mays, who welcomed all attendees, before Prof Rachael Rothman introduced our vision for the Hub.
Dr Derek Craig, delivered the opening address at the event. Derek is Deputy Director Cross-Council Programmes within the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Derek is responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of EPSRC’s environmental sustainability and decarbonisation research and innovation agenda working closely with colleagues across UKRI and the external academic, business and policy communities. He set out EPSRCs vision and the funding landscape, as well as the objectives of EPSRC. This included the imperative to create added value to the UK industrial strategy, widely collaborate and to champion EPSRCs place-based agenda.
Through four different breakout sessions, we collectively examined some of the research challenges identified through our previous workshops. Primers were delivered, that discussed the technical theme challenges, from the UK-HyRES investigators, Tim Mays, Rachael Rothman and Shanwen Tao. These challenges are highlighted in the attached slide deck an in the image below. While they represent priorities, these lists are by no means exhaustive. If there are more ideas, thoughts, or key priorities that weren’t discussed, please do get in touch and speak to one of the team.
Thanks to all that attended, your participation and engagement is vital to allow us to shape a successful hub.