Objectives of the Society
The objectives of the Cambridge University Energy Network (CUEN) cover two key points; to inform, and to facilitate cross-disciplinary research for young researchers in the ever-important field of sustainable energy. These two main points are elaborated below.
The Educational Aspect
In aid of serving an informative role, CUEN raises awareness of issues concerning long-term sustainable generation and consumption of energy, and the not-so-insignificant challenges associated with implementation of mitigating technologies to members of the academic community in and around Cambridge.
Following awareness and knowledge of the well known problem of climate change, CUEN illuminates the truly multidisciplinary nature of the world's energy problems, which typically involve political, economic, environmental and technological considerations, if climate change is to be addressed in good time.
Through dialogue and debate, CUEN sparks interest and promotes the exchange of ideas for environment friendly technologies, and to review the feasibility of existing and proposed implementations.
The Cross-Disciplinary Research Aspect
To complement its educational goals, CUEN serves to inspire potential research recruits, from promising undergraduates to post-docs, and to motivate existing energy researchers to progress in their field. Through the provision of a networking platform, CUEN presents research and funding opportunities to young researchers, who are establishing their research career. CUEN's forums also serve to improve the coordination of research in sustainable energy across departments, collaborative universities and industry, with a view to more effective and efficient research, and to promote the exchange of expertise amongst academics with possible collaborative outcomes.
With improved coordination of research activities, there is a better chance that more robust sustainable energy schemes can be implemented more readily, all part of a general effort to preventing ecological desolation to both us and future generations.
Robin Chrystie 2007