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CUEN Evening Seminar: Future Energy Policy - a few critical issues by Dr Timothy Stone CBE

28 October 2014, Judge Business School LT1, University of Cambridge

Join us for our first CUEN evening lecture this term!

Dr. Timothy Stone CBE will discuss New Nuclear and Regulation in the UK.

Dr. Timothy Stone CBE is Formerly Senior Advisor to 5 Secretaries of State for Energy in two governments and former Expert Chair of the Office for Nuclear Development. Currently Expert Member of the Board of the European Investment Bank, Non-executive director of Anglian Water and Non-executive director of Horizon Nuclear Power.

Question and Answers Session will follow after the seminar, with refreshments provided.

Date: 6pm, Tuesday, 28th October 2014

Venue: Judge Business School, LT1, University of Cambridge

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

The CUEN committee

CUEN - Welcome Squash 2014

18:00 Monday, 13th October 2014. Department of Engineering

This will be a great opportunity to meet new members and to learn a bit more about CUEN and what we do. If you are interested in getting involved in the CUEN Committee, please make sure that you attend as there are still several positions available.

We are looking forward to meeting plenty of you there.

The CUEN committee

CUEN Annual Energy Conference - (Un)Conventional Gas

9 June 2014, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

Pictures and Presentations from the CUEN Annual Conference 2014 on Natural Gas are available for download now! Please click here to download presentations and follow the link to the photo gallery.

The CUEN committee

CUEN Annual Energy Conference - (Un)Conventional Gas

9 June 2014, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

The agenda for the Annual Conference 2014 has been finalised and it is attached below (version for download here). We are delighted to confirm 14 highly distinguished speakers who will highlight the importance of gas and differentiate its issues with respect to policy regulations, economical challenges and technological advancements.

CUEN Annual Energy Conference - Poster Session

This year at the 8th Annual Energy conference we will, for the first time, be hosting a poster session. We are encouraging early-stage researchers from a broad range of disciplines to present their work related to the subject of the conference.

The poster session is sponsored by Energy@Cambridge who will cover the conference fee for those selected to present a poster. There will also be a £100 prize for the best poster as chosen by a panel of judges and presented on the day by a representative from Energy@Cambridge.

To be considered for a poster presentation, abstracts must be submitted to Mustafa Kamal: with CUEN2014 Abstract (author name) in the subject line.

Please click here for the abstract template.

Key dates for the abstract submission process are:

  • 25th May 2014: Abstract submission

  • 31st May 2014: Notification of acceptance

Upon notification of acceptance, further instructions with regards to registering for the conference and guidelines for preparing posters will follow.

We are looking forward to meeting plenty of you there.

The CUEN committee

CUEN Annual Energy Conference Kick-off Event - Shell and Natural Gas

14th May, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Our next speaker is Emile de Jong, General Manager LNG Expertise and Deployment, Shell. He studied Physics at Eindhoven Technical University in The Netherlands. Emile joined Shell R&D in 1991, developing and applying complex inspection techniques. Since April 2012, general manager expertise and deployment LNG in PTU/I (Integrated Gas), responsible for all LNG related innovations from downstream LNG for transport, regasification and floating LNG to the conventional baseload LNG plants.

Don't forget to register for the Annual Conference on 9 June on "Gas - An (Un)Conventional Pathway to Our Energy Future?" where you can sign up via the following link. The conference itself is kindly sponsored by ENI.

Also, the date for Abstract submission for the poster session at the CUEN Annual Conference 2014 has been extended as follows:

  • 25th May 2014: Abstract submission

  • 31st May 2014: Notification of acceptance

The poster session is kindly sponsored by Energy@Cambridge. There will be a £100 prize for the best poster which will be presented on the day by a representative from Energy@Cambridge. All participants of the poster sessions will also receive a complimentary ticket for the conference.

We are looking forward to meeting plenty of you there.

The CUEN committee

SAVE THE DATE - CUEN Annual Energy Conference 2014

Gas - An (Un)Conventional Pathway Towards Our Energy Future?

9 June 2014, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

To simultaneously achieve a thriving economy, energy security and a reduced environmental impact, a diversified energy mix is essential. Gas, in its conventional and unconventional forms, will play a major role in future energy markets. In four sessions, the conference will therefore address:

1) Perspectives on conventional gas

2) Perspectives on unconventional gas

3) LNG and international energy markets

4) Environmental and sustainibility considerations

We are expecting 12 distinguished speakers from academics, policy and industry and a broad and diverse audience to enrich the discussions. The list of speakers is listed below and sign-up is now open.

  • Professor Robert Mair, Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Master of Jesus College 2001 - 2011, University of Cambridge

  • Dr Tony Grayling, Head of Climate Change and Communities, Environment Agency

  • Huw Clarke, Exploration Geologist, Cuadrilla Resources Ltd.

  • Dan Byles, Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire & Bedworth, UK

  • Professor Joe Cartwright, Shell Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford

  • Ed Daniels, Executive Vice President for Commercial & New Business Development for Upstream International, Shell

  • Steve Ratcliffe, Senior Vice President, LNG Coordination, Exploration and Production Division, eni S.p.A

  • Professor Robert Ritz, Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), University of Cambridge

  • John Williams, Senior Principal, Poyry Management Consulting, UK

  • Jaakko Kooroshy, Research Fellow, Energy, Environment & Resources, Chatham House

  • Professor Douglas Crawford-Brown, Director, Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), University of Cambridge

  • Samuela Bassi, Policy Analyst, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE

Please sign up via the following link.

There will also be a poster session where we are encouraging delegates to showcase their work. This is the first year that we have had the poster session so we are really excited to see some of the cutting-edge work being done in this highly topical area.

We are looking forward to meeting plenty of you there.

The CUEN committee

Evening Seminar with Dr. Chris Hope

6pm, Tuesday 29th April 2014, LT2 Judge Business School

Dr Hope was the specialist advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs Inquiry into aspects of the economics of climate change, and an advisor on the PAGE model to the Stern review on the Economics of Climate Change. He has published extensively in books and peer-reviewed journals. He has recently completed PAGE09, the latest version of the PAGE integrated assessment model.

Please sign up via the following link.

We are looking forward to meeting plenty of you there.

The CUEN committee

Energy@Cambridge - Open Meeting for Early Career Researchers

17:45 Wednesday, 19th March 2014. Postdoc Centre, 16 Mill Lane

Energy@Cambridge would like to invite postdoctoral researchers and graduate students to a wine reception and open meeting on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 6pm at the soon-to-be-launched Postdoc Centre in the basement of 16 Mill Lane. Please come and use this open meeting to tell us how the Initiative can support activities led by doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers and to allow us to share information about new internal funding opportunities for research networking activities. The meeting will end around 7.30pm to allow plenty of time to get to the Cambridge Science Festival event 'Sustainable cities in an uncertain future' at 8pm.

Please sign up via the following link.

We are looking forward to seeing plenty of you there.

The CUEN committee

Screening of Trashed

17:00 Sunday, 16th February 2014. Cambridge Graduate Union

We cordially invite you to our next film screening.

In collaboration with the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) we will focus on waste and its environmental impacts this time and screen "Trashed".

About the movie:

Trashed - No Place For Waste. Starring Jeremy Irons, looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste.

The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. It is a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star Jeremy Irons and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste pollution.

Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human interest and political wake-up call. But it ends on a message of hope: showing how the risks to our survival can easily be averted through sustainable approaches that provide far more employment than the current 'waste industry'.

The event is free of charge and there will be popcorn, hot chocolate and soft drinks to accompany the movie.

We are looking forward to meeting plenty of you there.

The CUEN committee

Careers in Renewables & Shale Gas in the UK

18:00 Saturday, 7th December 2013. Cambridge Graduate Union

CUEN is proud to invite you all to our next evening seminar talk on careers in the renewable energy sector and on fracking in the UK by Dr. Vincent Pizzoni.

Vince Pizzoni is a Consultant working in Executive Search for Preng & Associates. Preng are focused on finding exceptional talent for clients in the energy sector including Oil and Gas, Oilfield Services, Chemicals, Power, Renewables, Consultancy, Banking and Private Equity.

He has over 30 years business experience in international markets primarily in oil, gas and chemicals. This includes time spent in regional general management, sales and marketing, technology and business development roles with Exxon Chemical, Suez, Nalco and V.Ships. In his last role with Nalco, Vince was General Manager for Energy Chemicals (upstream and downstream) in Europe/Africa/Middle East/Former Soviet Union. At V.Ships, his previous role was Managing Director of Europe/Africa/Middle East/Asia.

He has diverse experience namely “8 company changes, 12 job changes, 59 countries, 3000 flights, 5000 hotel rooms, +55degC to -35degC and 15 years spent away from home!”

Vince has a particular interest in education and works voluntarily with schools, universities, business schools and many individuals helping them to explore career options.

He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and Chartered Management Institute. He is also a member of the Institute of Career Guidance and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

*This event is FREE of charge Snacks and drinks will be provided.*

The CUEN committee

Second coming: the rebirth of nuclear power in the UK

18:00 Monday, 2nd December 2013. LT3, Judge Business School, Trumpington Street.

CUEN is proud to invite you all to our next evening seminar on nuclear power in the UK!

Dr. Simon Taylor (Director of the Master of Finance Programme) and Dr. Eugene Shwageraus (Director of the Nuclear Energy MPhil Course), both University of Cambridge, will give insights into the history, policy and technology of nuclear power in the UK. In particular, we will discuss the recent case of Hinkley Point.

Dr. Taylor is a University Lecturer in Finance and the Director of the Cambridge Master of Finance degree. He did an MPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford and a PhD at the London School of Economics. After two years as a Fellow in Economics at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, Simon spent nine years as an equities analyst at a number of investment banks, including Robert Fleming, BZW, JPMorgan and Citigroup, where he was led research teams covering the European and global utilities sectors, including a key role in the privatisation of the nuclear company British Energy in 1996. His research interests include: the financing of energy infrastructure, including nuclear power; and methods of valuation used by equity research analysts. He is a Research Associate of the Energy Policy Research Group at Cambridge University. His book on the financial crisis in the UK nuclear power industry was published in 2007 and he is planning to update that history to the present in a new book in the next year.

Dr. Eugene Shwageraus earned his BSc and MSc degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT. He joined the faculty of the Nuclear Engineering Department at Ben-Gurion University in 2003. Between 2009 and 2011 he served as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, where he participated in and was a contributing author to the interdisciplinary study on the Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. After his return to Ben-Gurion University in 2011, he served as the Head of the Nuclear Engineering Department and was appointed Associate Professor in 2012. In September 2013, he assumed the role of MPhil Course Director and was appointed University Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge in the UK. His research focus areas are modeling methods and design of advanced nuclear reactors as well as optimization of nuclear fuel cycles.

We are looking forward to two exciting talks, followed by Q&A and a networking session afterwards.

Please sign up via the following link.

*This event is FREE of charge Snacks and drinks will be provided.*

The CUEN committee

Screening of "Fracking: The New Energy Rush"

Monday, 25th November, 7pm. Clare Hall Bar, Anthony Low Building, Herschel Road (CB3 9AL)

We will show **Fracking: The New Energy Rush** a BBC Horizon's documentary. Geologist Professor Iain Stewart investigates a new and controversial energy rush for the natural gas found deep underground.

He travels to America to find out what it is, why it is a potential game changer and what we can learn from the US experience.

Date: Monday, 25th November
Time: 7 PM
Venue: Clare Hall Bar, Anthony Low Building, Herschel Road (CB3 9AL)

*This event is FREE of charge.*

Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday!

The CUEN committee

CUEN Shell Launch Event Ideas360

CUEN, in collaboration with the JBS SIG Energy, is pleased to host the Shell launch event for Shell Ideas360. A new, global student competition. Shell Ideas360 is encouraging students from across the globe to develop game-changing ideas to help tackle the pressures on Energy, Water and Food availability. The winning students will get the chance to win a National Geographic Expedition. The best ideas will be considered for funding by Shell’s GameChanger Programme – whether or not they are selected for the Final Event.

Come and hear Chaco van der Sijp, one of Shell’s GameChangers, speak about Shell’s approach to open innovation and how to enter the competition. This offers the excellent opportunity to meet and network with students from diverse backgrounds with a common interest in energy and to learn more about Shell.

The event will be held at JBS LT3, on 4th November 2013, 6.30-8pm. To book your place please follow the link here.

Time: 18.30-20.00

Date: 4th November, 2013

Location: LT3, Judge Business School, Cambridge

For more information, please visit

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

The CUEN Committee

CUEN kicks off academic year 2013/2014

CUEN Welcome Squash

Thanks to those of you, who showed interest in CUEN during the Freshers' Fair this week and signed up to our e-mail list. To kick-off the new academic year, CUEN cordially invites you to attend our Squash event on Tuesday, 15 October at 7pm at the Cambridge Union (CU), close to the Round Church. The Committee will introduce CUEN, our activities and the opportunities to get involved. After the official part, there will be the opportunity to chat. Drinks and nibbles will be provided :-) If you aim for more information on CUEN before the Squash, feel free to check our facebook page (The Cambridge University Energy Network (CUEN)).

19:00 Tuesday, 15th October 2013. Cambridge Union Society.

For directions to the Cambridge Union Society, please use the interactive map here.

We are looking forward to meeting you there.

The CUEN Committee

CUEN kicks off academic year 2013/2014

CUEN @ The Society Fair 8/9 October 2013

As every year, CUEN will have a stall at the Society Fair at Kelsey Kerridge (Stall HD09 in the Main Hall). You will have the chance to get to know CUEN, the committee and the opportunities to be engaged in the society yourself. We are looking forward to meeting many of you.

The CUEN Committee