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Experts gather at Net Zero Innovation Institute Town Hall

5 May 2024

The Net Zero Innovation Institute welcomed colleagues to their second annual Town Hall.

Following the success of the institute’s official launch and Town Hall meetings last year, the Net Zero Innovation Institute was delighted to welcome university colleagues to their 2024 Town Hall event.

The event, which coincided with World Earth Day on Monday 22 April, took place at the University’s Bute Exhibition Space, and saw over 50 colleagues in attendance. It showcased the best of the institute’s research, covering each of their key areas: understanding the resources we have available in meeting net zero; asking if it’s possible to mitigate climate impacts; and supporting the long-term transition to a greener economy.

In the past year, the institute has appointed 10 theme leaders, representing both established and emerging research strengths for the University. These are: carbon capture and storage; catalysis; compound semiconductors; critical metals; energy and whole systems analysis; low carbon built environments (lcbe); nature-based solutions; policy and social transformations; techno-economic and lifecycle assessment; and zero carbon fuels.

This year’s Town Hall explored these themes in more depth through a series of flash presentations and included breakout sessions which allowed colleagues to meet and collaborate with others in a theme area of their choice.

Professor Duncan Wass, Co-Director of the Net Zero Innovation Institute said: “This event has again demonstrated the quality and variety of research at Cardiff University which relevant to net zero, and I’d like to thank all of our speakers and participants for their contribution. It’s clear there are many opportunities for new projects by bringing together our diverse research strengths.”

The Net Zero Innovation Institute is part of a £5.4 million investment from the university in five innovation and research institutes to tackle the biggest issues facing society, the economy, and the environment.

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