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THE 2022 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
22 October - 13 November
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Communities in Energy Transition: Engaging with Net Zero in Birmingham

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My local area theme

What’s on offer?

Please take the opportunity to visit this walk-in exhibit and have the chance to meet the research team behind the Energy Transition Project in East Birmingham. This drop-in session will give those with ‎no prior knowledge of local energy initiatives the opportunity to hear directly from researchers working on these projects.  

The exhibit at Tyseley Energy Park will ‎include an interactive display area featuring videos and recorded presentations that provide information on local ‎energy projects. The exhibit room will also have a ‘meet the team’ opportunity allowing attendees to engage with members of the practical and research teams. 

A separate area will be an open exhibit ‎showcasing posters of the latest developments in different areas of East Birmingham. ‎A number of engaging and fun activities, such as ‎Mapping neighbourhoods (find my home, energy champions), will allow you to interact with the researchers and learn more about these important initiatives.

This event hopes to enhance knowledge sharing and discussion between the local community, academic researchers and local government around issues of new domestic ‎heating technology (e.g. ‎hydrogen gas boilers and heat ‎pumps), likely changes in ‎heating practices, why we need to ‎make these changes and what are the community needs and challenges?

What’s it about?

Energy transitions underway in the UK have been fuelled by the need to address climate ‎change and the sustainability of energy systems, while maintaining affordable energy ‎services. This implies significant changes in terms of how energy is produced, consumed and ‎governed. To better understand the technological and societal transformations required to ‎achieve secure low-carbon energy systems, decision-makers often develop different energy ‎scenarios using expert modelling and stakeholder input. However, public perspectives are ‎seldom explored, which has negative implications on acceptability and adoption of these ‎technologies.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Sara Hassan, Dr Emily Prestwood, Dr Annum Rafique and Mossen Randeree of the University of Birmingham

Open to

All members of the public

Of particular interest to

People living and working in East Birmingham