Jan 30

Expressions of Interest for CDT conference open

Sustainable Infrastructure and Cities conference

23rd to 26th May 2023 – Sir James Matthews Building, Guildhall Square, Southampton

Tickets to attend this conference will be available through Eventbrite from 1st March to 20th May 2023 Register HERE

Postgraduate conference hosted by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, University of Southampton.
The conference is FREE to attend and open to all postgraduate students, early career researchers, academics and industry partners.

Themes for sessions will be based around the UN Sustainable Development Goals, please consider which goal your research links to. (THE 17 GOALS | Sustainable Development (un.org))

To express an interest in presenting at this conference please complete this FORM 

Expression of interest deadline: 28th March 2023

Poster submission deadline: 10th May 2023
Presentation slide hand in deadline: 17th May 2023

Conference dates 23rd to 26th May 2023 – Sir James Matthews Building, Guildhall Square, Southampton

Provisional programme
23rd May – pre-conference welcome dinner 6.30pm venue to be decided
24th May – Day 1 presentations from PGRs and industry keynotes (TBC), workshops and networking café.
25th May – Day 2 presentations from PGRs and keynote on Sustainable Cities by Prof Chris Rogers University of Birmingham, a tour of the National Infrastructure Laboratory, Boldrewood Campus and Future Towns Innovation Hub, Southampton Science Park, Chilworth.  The day will close with a reception open to UKCRIC attendees and conference delegates
26th May – UKCRIC hosted gathering including key note speakers from industry

Tickets to attend this conference will be available through Eventbrite from 1st March to 20th May 2023 Register HERE

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.


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