Jul 28

Super Graduation – Celebrating awards in 2020, 2021 & 2022

Congratulations to our CDT SIS graduands and alumni from the class of 2020, 2021 and 2022 who celebrated and received their doctoral awards on 20 to 22 July at the iconic St. Mary’s Stadium.

We are very proud of them all and their dedication to their research and engagement with this Centre for Doctoral Training. Each of them have been an asset to the programme and we wish them all success in their future careers.

PhD and EngD awards were made to:

2020 – Diego Panici, Daniella Montali-Ashworth,

2021- Luke Hutchinson, Helen Currie,  Miguel Vivas Mefle, Alireza Shamkhalchian, Boniface Hima, Toshan Rampat,

2022 – Nicholas Flores Martin, James Miles, Nicholas Wilding, Jack Callaghan


Jul 10

Tomorrow’s Engineering Research Challenges

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) have launched a report regarding Tomorrow’s Engineering Research Challenges.

CDT SIS PGR Rebecca Presswood was involved in one of the roundtable discussions in Jauary forming part of the consultation for the report, representing PhD students within CDT Sustainable Infrastructure Systems. The consultation also included engineering professionals, early career researchers and EDI groups.

The consultation happened in January and she was thrilled to be invited to speak at the launch event at the Royal Academy of Engineering on Thursday 7th July evening!

The event was very exciting and a real privilege to be part of. It was such a privilege to be involved in this review and to speak at the launch, and I am excited to share the report widely, as you can probably tell!

Rebecca Presswood, Infrastructure PhD researcher, CDT Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

A summary video has been published and the UKRI have written an article launching the report

The report itself is available here: Tomorrow’s Engineering Research Challenges REPORT.

It lays out some exciting and ambitious goals, and the more people who are aware of and invested in the report, the more successful its impact will be.

Key recommendations of the report include:

  • promoting inclusive engineering outcomes for all
  • strengthening mechanisms to facilitate and fund multi- and inter-disciplinary research
  • ‘re-engineering’ the discipline of engineering, bringing knowledge from other disciplines to bear to prepare young engineers to tackle future challenges
  • encouraging diverse, agile and impactful skills
  • convening and connecting with the professional engineering community to enhance impact
  • inspiring the next generation of engineers. 

    The report identifies a number of broad cross-cutting themes which engineering will play a crucial role in addressing:

    • achieving net zero and sustainability
    • faster digital design
    • greater access and use of data
    • increasing human resilience
    • understanding complex systems
    • harnessing disruptive, emerging technologies
    • underpinning tools and techniques.

The report was co-chaired by Professor Dame Helen Atkinson and Dr Peter Bonfield, and the consultation was led by Grace Belshaw and Andy Lawrence from EPSRC. Rebecca spoke to Jane Nicholson at the event, who was familiar with the Boldrewood NIL through UKCRIC.

TERC Co-Chair Professor Dame Helen Atkinson, DBE, FREng, Pro-Vice Chancellor, School of Aerospace, Transport Systems and Manufacturing, at Cranfield University said:

This report is the result of sustained engagement and listening to a diverse range of communities, work which has been inspiring and informative in equal measure.

The cross-cutting themes and technological challenges identified outline the ambition of our collective vision, in setting out how harnessing the UK’s engineering strengths and talent will deliver benefits for us all.

May 22

Sea Fishing with Amarisa Weymouth

The CDT have enjoyed several successful sea fishing trips most recently Thursday 19th May 2022 in Weymouth.

Paul Kemp led this trip and it involved a day on board a fishing boat off the Dorset coast with Amarisa Fishing http://www.amarisaweymouth.co.uk/.



Apr 10

Multi-CDT Conference on Clean Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure

Multi-CDT Conference on Clean Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure

Event Timing: April 5th-6th, 2022
Event Address: Lecture Theatre 2, The Diamond, University of Sheffield, Sheffield


This was the first conference to bring together students from the Centres for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and Its Applications (ESA), New and Sustainable Photovoltaics (PV) and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (SIS).
60 people attended in person and online with presentations in the room and through video link.
The conference was opened by Prof Andrew Cruden, Director of CDT Energy Storage and its Applications and key note talks were given by Prof William Powrie, University of Southampton, Nick Kitchin, Cumulus Energy Storage, Ravi Silva, University of Warwick and the Conference Round Up was presented by Dr Alan Dunbar, Co-Director for the CDT in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics.


  • Transportation

  • Built environment

  • Infrastructure

  • Thermal/chemical/thermochemical storage

  • Grid scale storage, power management and control

  • Electrochemical storage and all other energy storage applications

  • New materials and designs for solar cells

  • Process improvements for solar cell fabrication and application

Sessions were held both days with presentations given by students about their current research work from each of the CDTs, exploring various issues and solutions in the UK and overseas. Between sessions there were times for the poster sessions, networking, socialising with other PGRs and academics. A conference dinner followed the first day as a more informal way of getting to know each other.

CDT SIS PGRs at pre-conference dinner.


Apr 01

Sustainable Infrastructures Systems Module

Module lead: Professor Paul Kemp

Semester 2, 2021-2022

Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (FEEG6021) is a core formative training module designed for students registered on the UKCRIC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities (CDT-SIC) at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton, as part of the integrated training programme. The module provides an opportunity to engage with industry representatives to gain insight into the current challenges faced by their sector. The module provides formal training in interdisciplinary areas of Engineering and Science within a common framework that addresses infrastructure interdependencies (a Nexus), sustainability and society. The approach adopted is to expose students to a range of real-world challenges faced by society in the pursuit of delivering infrastructure essential to multiple sectors (e.g.  Water, Energy, Transport, Digital, Environment).

The module is timetabled over a week-long block during semester 2 during which students attend lectures and seminars in which experts from both academia and industry present case studies of current problems in which they are involved, illustrating the range of techniques employed to find solutions. The module involves at least two site visits of relevance (e.g. energy generating plants and “future buildings” construction sites) during which industry partners discuss socio-economic, political, operational, and strategic challenges faced by the sector they represent. The key theme that runs throughout this module is the identification of common challenges faced by the different industrial sectors in delivering and maintaining often contentious infrastructure projects, and differences or similarities in approaches adopted to find solutions.


The overall aim of the module is to provide postgraduate students with the foundations needed to appreciate and understand current challenges faced in delivery of infrastructure plans that support our towns and cities, both for the UK and internationally, and insight into the differences and common features of approach adopted to find solutions.


Day/Date Time Lecture Staff
Day 1

28 March





Introduction and welcome to the Nexus: a system of systems

Water and Bioenergy

Paul Kemp



Yongqiang Liu, Yue Zhang and Yannis Ieropoulos



Interaction water and energy resource management Andy Cruden, Neil Edwards and Paul Kemp
Evening CDT-SIS Dinner (Portswood) Everybody
Day 2

29 March



Infrastructure as a system of systems.  Transport as a sub-system John Preston, Adrian Hickford and Simon Blainey




Transport systems continued
Day 3

30 March

Whole Day


Charlton WorkStack in Greenwich Adrian Campbell

Director – Changebuilding.com

Day 4

31 March

Whole Day


Field Trip: Energy across scales (Eling tidal mill and local area) Patrick James and Paul Kemp
Day 5

1 April




Planning a future Intelligent Merchant City – Fawley Waterside Patrick James

Brett Trafford

Paul Copping




Challenges of sustainable energy in cities


Keynote talk from Brett Trafford from the Fawley Waterside Intelligent Merchant City project in Hampshire

Fawley Waterside Artistic Impression

Inside Charlton WorkStack, Greenwich


Field trip to Charlton WorkStack in Greenwich, London hosted by Adrian Campbell of Changing Building


Eling Tide Mill, Southampton Water

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