3 December 2014
Heriot-Watt University’s Energy Academy has started a search for the best company executive or worker, researcher and student undertaking energy-related research, R&D, or study in Scotland.
Working in partnership with Scottish Energy News, the Energy Academy has launched a competition called the Heriot-Watt Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards and will make prizes of £500 available in each of the following categories: –
- Energy and the environment
- Energy and the marine environment
- Energy materials and storage
- Fossil fuels
- Energy infrastructure and society
- Energy entrepreneurship
Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister
The awards will be hosted at the head office of the UK Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh and prizes will be presented in May 2015 by Fergus Ewing, MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.
This means that the prize money available in this year’s competition will total at least £3,000 – and may be more depending on the number of commercial sponsors that come forward (see below)
Students and young professional energy researchers from all other universities and colleges, as well as from young graduates working in the Scottish energy industry are now invited to enter the inaugural Heriot-Watt University – Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015.
The competition was formally launched by Professor Stephen Chapman, Principal of Heriot Watt University, at the University’s first Energy Showcase event where more than 120 energy industry experts gathered to hear about research and partnership opportunities to drive innovation in the sector.
Dr. Patrick McCarthy, from Heriot Watt University’s Energy Academy, said: “To enter, the only requirement is that you have less than 10-years of experience working in energy-related research or R&D, or you are a student enrolled on an under-graduate or post-graduate programme of learning in Scotland.
“To have a chance of success, if you are a student, you will have either an outstanding academic record relative to your peers. If you are a researcher or are working in energy-related R&D you will have made an outstanding contribution to your chosen field of research or energy entrepreneurship.
“Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated for consideration. How you convince the judges that you are worthy of consideration is up to you. Good luck – and don’t be shy coming forward.”
Candidates should send applications for the Heriot-Watt University – Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015 by email to:
The deadline for entries is 31 January 2015.
For more information
Patrick McCarthy at Heriot-Watt on 0131 451 3881 or email:
Brian Robinson, Director, Energy Storage Scotland CIC, left, with Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Energy Academy, Heriot Watt University
Can you support young Scottish energy pioneers of the year?
Commercial corporate sponsorship opportunities exist for energy companies and organisations to become involved with the Heriot-Watt University/ Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015 in the above categories.
For full details of these EXCLUSIVE sponsorship packages – including attendance at the Heriot Watt University / Energy Academy awards ceremony and presentation of prizes – contact the Scottish Energy News team at:
15 Newton Terrace
Tel: 0141 204 2042
Since launch in September 2013, the Scottish Energy News business-to-business daily email newsletter is now sent to just under 4,000 individually-named and actively subscribed readers every day.
Readers include 75% of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament – and scores more in Brussels and Westminster.
In addition, the Scottish Energy News website is now visited by an average of more than 8,000 unique visitors per month (Jul-Sept 2014).
While most readers/ subscribers are based in the UK/ Ireland, 10% of readers are based in North America and Japan/China/ Australia.
For more information:
Prof Steve Chapman
Speaking about the new awards, Professor Stephen Chapman, Principal, Heriot-Watt University, said: “The Heriot-Watt University Energy Academy is a pan-university initiative supported by all Schools at our Edinburgh, Orkney and Borders campuses.
“It has two principal objectives: to consolidate energy research activities and facilitate interdisciplinary programmes, both within the university and with other higher education institutes, and to ensure external parties can easily gain an appreciation of our vision, skills-base and active research projects in energy.”
Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer – Robert M. Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering and Director of Heriot Watt University’s Energy Academy – said;
“Regardless of the direction of travel in terms of energy policy, most people would agree that it must be clear and consistent so that researchers, investors and developers can make robust decisions that allow future generations to inherit a stable and sustainable energy infrastructure based on effective and affordable technology.
“Through the Heriot-Watt University – Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015, we look forward to bringing together academic research teams and companies that would benefit from new technologies.
Julian Jones, Vice-Principal, Heriot Watt University (centre) with Prof, Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director, Energy Academy, and Mark R. Whittet, Executive Director, Scottish Energy News
Mark R. Whittet, Executive Director, Scottish Energy News, said: “Having played a leading role in providing the energy sources for the first industrial revolution in the 19th century, Scotland is again prominently placed to play a leading role in the second industrial revolution in the 21st century.
“As a nation, we have the potential to maximise economic returns from fossil fuel exploration and recovery in the North Sea at the same time as pioneering leading technological innovation in exploiting Scotland’s large wind and wave power resources on a global scale – given the right ambition and encouragement.
“Heriot Watt university – and its Energy Academy experts – are already making a highly positive contribution to this 21st century industrial revolution and we hope that the Heriot-Watt University/ Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015 will help to stimulate, accelerate, recognise and reward the brightest brains in the process of energy and engineering innovation for the national – and international – good.”