Don’t Miss the 7th LCEDN Conference: 30 May to 1st Jun, Holywell Park, Loughborough

Registration is here.

The 7th LCEDN conference is intended to harness involvement of the LCEDN with the UK government Department for International Development’s Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme by opening the research theme up to the low carbon transition/energy access community. The focus of this conference will be to examine what is meant and intended by the word ‘transformation’, used in the widest sense – all transformative aspects of energy for development are open to consideration.

The conference will be run in collaboration with the TEA Research Partnership Development Consortium (RPDC) with the intention of showcasing and feeding into the consultations with RPDC partners from across the world; it therefore represents a fantastic opportunity for LCEDN members to better understand the TEA programme and contribute to it.

The daily programme will begin with two plenary sessions on Transforming Energy Access (Wednesday 30th) and Innovation and Technology Development (Thursday 31st) and the Friday (1st) will begin with an Under the Grid plenary which we will be combining with an online webinar run by our colleagues at Smart Villages.

There will also be a series of break-out sessions on themes integral to energy transformation, such as Waste; Planning and Energy Access; Community Resilience (ecology, migration etc.); Value Chains (local manufacturing, mineral extraction, assembly etc.); Innovative Finance; Transdisciplinarity in energy research (publishing, working practices, career development etc.) and Energy Justice Revisited (taking forward some of the debates from the last conference).

In addition there will be an Energy Catalyst Companies Showcase and a session on Innovative Businesses and Community Projects From the Global South and we are particularly interested in getting entrepreneurs and commercial actors (from large, medium or small businesses) to attend the whole conference to interact with the research/NGO/policy community to better inform us of their research needs. The LCEDN is particularly anxious to attract entrepreneurs from the Global South to explain their projects, products and needs.

Lastly, there will as usual be plenty of opportunity to discuss the future direction of the LCEDN and since we expect a good blend of people from the NGO, commercial and policy sector (especially our colleagues in DfID) this conference will be a fantastic opportunity to network discuss your current and future involvement in low carbon energy transitions in a friendly and exciting environment.