The ECR Forum will be taking place virtually, between the 18th and 22nd January 2021, and will run alongside our main Annual Assembly which is being held in our virtual conference centre.

There are three sessions planned for the ECR Forum. When registering, please select which session(s) you wish to attend. The Zoom meeting link and password will be sent to you for the session(s) you have registered for, closer to the Forum date.

Session 1: Showcasing pathways to success. Experiences of ECRs in winning awards or fellowships.

Tuesday 19 January 2021, 11:30 - 12:30 (GMT)

About the session

Registered ECRs will be able to hear about the experiences of fellow Early Career Researchers in successfully receiving Supergen ORE Hub awards for Flexible Funding projects and ECR Research Fund Awards as well as Fellowships. There will be the opportunity to discuss how they approached the applications, the experience of the process and the benefits to their career development.

Session 2: Floating Offshore Wind - Future Research Challenges workshop.

Wednesday 20 January 2021, 09:00 - 10:30 (GMT)

About the session

Registered ECRs will have the opportunity to hear from a guest speaker from the Floating Offshore Wind Industry, setting the scene for a set of breakout sessions to discuss the research challenges associated with the development of Floating Offshore Wind over different periods of time going forward. Those registered will receive reading material in advance to support them in preparing for the workshop.

Session 3: ECR led session.

Thursday 21 January 2021, 16:00 - 17:00 (GMT)

About the session

As part of the Supergen ORE Hub efforts to support ECRs within its network, for this session we are looking for suggestions from ECRs on a topic, or area of discussion, they would like to have in order to support their skill or career development. This could range from techniques and advice on applying for research funding to discussing specific areas of research. Once registered for the ECR Forum, using the link below, you can send your suggestions to A decision on the content for this final session will be made based on the majority view and discussion with the Supergen ORE Hub ECR committee.

Register for the Annual Assembly

Online, Monday 18 - Friday 22 January 2021

ECRs are also strongly encouraged to register and attend the Supergen ORE Hub Annual Assembly, which is being run with the same week of the 18th to 22nd January 2021. You can register for free and view the conference programme by visiting our virtual conference site here, and following the ‘Register Now’ link.

With an opening address from the Rt Hon Minister Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, the Assembly will focus on the opportunities and challenges for offshore renewables in meeting the net zero GHC emissions target by 2050 and discuss preparations for COP26.

You will hear from our Co-Directors and Flexible Funding award winners regarding research currently underway to tackle the key challenges in offshore renewable energy, and you will be able to join a series of discussion sessions on international collaboration, research priorities and opportunities, as well as current and future policy requirements needed to support the acceleration of offshore renewables.

There will also be a virtual ‘poster hall’, where you will be able to see and hear pre-recorded poster presentations, including the ability to leave questions or comments to ECRs with posters. There will also be dedicated timeslots where you can interact on live chat with fellow ECRs who are exhibiting their posters.

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