EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER NETWORK - OUR FIRST FORUM
The inaugural Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network Forum was held at the University of Plymouth on Monday 21 January 2019, hosted by Supergen ORE ECR Co-Directors, Professors Byron Byrne and Richard Willden (both University of Oxford).
All attendees prepared a poster summarising their research work and gave a short 3-minute presentation summarising their background and their work to stimulate discussion over coffee and lunch breaks. There were additionally four longer invited presentations on a range of ORE topics: Lilian Lieber (Queen’s Belfast) on environmental impacts of ORE structures, Hannah Mullings (Manchester) on tidal turbine blade loading in unsteady flows, Pablo Ouro (Cardiff) on the development of advanced CFD techniques for tidal turbine modelling, and Ajit Pillai (Exeter) on the use of optimisation of mooring lines.
The ECR research posters were also displayed at the Supergen ORE annual assembly on Tuesday, and attracted considerable interest from the wider ORE community. A lot of positive feedback was received about having easily digestible research on display at the assembly and the exposure this gave the ECRs. This culminated with the announcement of poster prizes, sponsored by EPSRC, at the end of the assembly. Ed Mackay won the best poster prize ‘The use of porous materials for motion damping of floating offshore wind turbines’, with runners-up Lilian Lieber ‘Localised anthropogenic wakes generates a predictable foraging oasis for top predators’ and Benjamin Williamson ‘Using unmanned aerial vehicles for environmental monitoring of tidal energy sites’.