Graduate Research Conference on Energy (Systems, Policy & Solutions)

Start Date
19 June 2013
End Date
22 June 2013
University College Dublin, Ireland
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The fourth Graduate Research Conference will be hosted by University College Dublin.

The fourth U21 GRC will be on the theme Energy - Systems, Policy and Solutions.

Three days of energy expert presentations, student competitions, activity sessions, a careers workshop and external energy stakeholder site visits with provide delegates with an optimal environment for U21 Graduate research students in the energy field to showcase their research findings, strategically network and socialise with International experts in the field. 

It is envisaged that visiting research students will also enjoy the UCD experience and engage with some of Ireland’s leading academic and professional experts in energy such as the UCD Electricity Research Centre, the UCD Earth Institute, EirGrid and the Irish Electricity Supply Board.


Each Universitas 21 member university is invited to nominate up to five graduate research students to participate across the three themes of this event: Energy Systems, Policy and Solutions. Eligible students include those studying for a  PhD and also those on a relevant Masters course. Of the five nominations made, three will be guaranteed a place at the Conference and two will be offered reserve placements, which will subsequently become guaranteed if spare places are available.

Applications are invited under the following headings:

Energy Systems

(e.g. power system operations, life cycle analysis, sustainability management
and conservation, electricity markets, fossil fuels, energy utilisation, smart cities)

Energy Policy

(e.g. renewables targets, emissions trading, energy efficiency measures, climate
policy, energy economics, regulation, energy security, societal behaviour and welfare)

Energy Solutions

(e.g. renewable energy sources, smart electricity grid, carbon capture and
sequestration, energy storage technologies, nuclear generation, hydraulic fracturing, demandside response, electric vehicles, hydrogen economy, sustainable building design)

How To Register

Step 1 - February 2013:

Each U21 institution will implement a local process for the selection of PhD delegates. As appropriate, students should be selected from across the three themes. Each university may nominate up to five PhD students: three guaranteed nominees and two reserve nominees. If three students are selected, two oral and one poster presentation are desirable.

Graduate student applicants should submit an abstract (250 words) addressing one of the
following questions:

Theme 1 – Energy Systems
Is a smart, interconnected, low carbon energy infrastructure an achievable and desirable goal?

Theme 2 – Energy Policy
How far should / can we pursue renewables-based national and global energy policies, and
what is achievable in medium- / long-term time horizons?

Theme 3 – Energy Solutions
Which technologies and incentives are required to meet future energy needs, recognising
implementation costs, societal impact and local issues?

NB: Criteria for selection should include relevance to the question being asked, the quality of the abstract and the potential impact of the research.

Step 2 - 12 April 2013:

Deadline for submission of selected nominees to Dr. Damian Flynn, UCD academic lead (

Step 3 - April 2013:

Nominated PhD delegates register with UCD.

UCD International will support visa applications.

The €500 registration fee may be covered in whole, or in part, by a local Universitas 21 bursary. Please contact your local Universitas 21 contact point for information on available support.

The €500 registration fee includes campus accommodation and meals for the duration of the conference, but does not include airfare, visa costs or health insurance.

Step 4 - May 2013:

Nominated PhD delegates to submit a short paper (1000 words) and materials for
posters and/or presentations to UCD.

For further details on the application process, please see the pdf 'Call for Nominations' below, or visit the GRC page on the UCD website:

Dr Damian Flynn