Open University Energy & Environment: Fostering Inclusive Innovation, LMICs

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We are delighted to announce a two-day workshop on Energy and Environment at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Erasmus Plus. The workshop is being organised by the Engineering and Innovation team in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and aims to strengthen our international network in Energy and Environment with European and international friends and collaborators. The OU has strong links and sustainable partnerships in energy, environment and resource policy in developing countries, with a focus on socially-oriented research and technology. Countries, among others, include India, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Brazil.

This workshop will be open to all active researchers and industrialists covering communications related with solar energy materials, remote energy labs and environmental related research. It will also be streamed live to our students and made available afterwards. We will explore how we can actively promote inclusive innovation in low and middle income countries through collaborative, impact-driven research in Energy and Environment with a view to develop future bids under the Global Challenge Research Fund. Other funders include DFID, Leverhulme and Newton Funds. The four key themes explored will be:

  • Solar energy
  • Water (eg. security, purification etc)
  • Remote energy labs
  • Smart Cities

Along with a range of internal OU speakers, we will be joined by over 10 expert external speakers including:

  • Dr Anh Tran from Coventry University who will be presenting on her research into renewable energy and drinking water supplies for remote and challenging communities
  • Dr Askwar Hilonga, an award-winning scientist from Tanzania who has developed an innovative, low cost water filter that uses nanotechnology and sand to clean water
  • Dr Richard Blanchard and Dr Sheryl Williams from Loughborough University who will be presenting on co-design with community energy projects
  • Chandrasekaran J, Founder-CEO of Watsan Technologies, a company that provides low cost, affordable Terafil water filters to urban slums and rural families in India

The delivery of research excellence and impact is one of the OU’s strategic priorities. Our vision is for OU research to transform lives by meeting the challenges of the 21st Century and achieving global influence through open and innovative forms of knowledge sharing. Our research is designed to have impact, influence policy and practice and change lives for the better. We maximise our impact through major collaborations with external organisations ranging from public bodies to third sector to business.

Look forward to seeing you!

Dr. Satheesh Krishnamurthy

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