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NOW an online event.

How might our research have greater real-world impact?

Purpose of the day

  • To think about the real-world impact of our research in the context of the climate emergency
  • To allow researchers from academia and the third sector to meet, learn from, and possibly collaborate with each other

Our central question is: How might our research have greater real-world impact? This is not just about the content of our research but how we do it – how career progression, funding, methodology, dissemination, speed of delivery, etc. – inform what we do and how we do it.

We are designing a stimulating, thought-provoking day that we hope will form the basis of future collaborations. As a result of this day, the CREDS Core team will develop two briefing notes:

  • an internal briefing to the research community
  • an external briefing to our institutional stakeholders such as funders and disseminators.


This event is for UK energy demand researchers within academia, the third sector and consultancies. Please to circulate around your networks. Registration is essential.

What is CREDS?

The Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) was established as part of the UK Research and Innovation’s Energy Programme with over £19M in April 2018. Our mission is to make the UK a leader in understanding the changes in energy demand needed for the transition to a secure and affordable, low carbon energy system. To do this, our research focuses on reducing energy demand, improving energy efficiency and understanding demand-side flexibility. We are a consortium of 15 universities in the UK, led by the University of Oxford.

CREDS has a remit to facilitate a networking hub for the energy demand research community. The aim of the hub is to increase the visibility and impact of energy demand research within and outside our community. This event is part of our hub role.



Friday 3rd April 2020


THIS EVENT WILL NOW BE HELD ONLINE. Once you have registered, a link will be sent to you prior to the event. You will need a computer and internet connection. We recommend giving yourself a little time prior to the start to register.

09.15 Getting online and registration

09.30 Welcome and introduction to event

09.50 Energy demand research: Thinking about our methods, criteria for success, impacts and timing

Speakers (10 mins + 5 min Q&A each):

  • Dr. Gesche Huebner, University College London: How might we work faster and be more ambitious so we have more impact and avoid our research becoming obsolete?
  • Nigel Timmins, Humanitarian Director, Oxfam International: What can we learn from the principles of disaster response & how Oxfam are responding to the climate emergency Oxfam
  • Dhara Vyas, Citizens Advice: Applied energy research for public and policy impact
  • 5 min break
  • Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh, Centre for Climate and Social Transformations (CAST): The social dimension of change

11.00 Interactive session – mixed groups

  • How might our research have greater real-world impact?

11.40 Plenary

12.00 Coffee break

12.15 Open Space groups

  • Focusing on actions, learning and possible collaborations

12.55 Plenary

13.15 Review of the day

  • Summary from keynote listener
  • Online evaluation

13.30 Close

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