About UKCCSC

Overview

The UK Carbon Capture and Storage Community Network (UKCCSC) is a collective of over 250 engineering, technological, natural, environmental, social and economic academic members with CCS interests. There are also roughly 250 industry, governmental and NGO stakeholders who are interested in UKCCSC and contribute to this diverse and vibrant network. UKCCSC is funded by a £1 million grant from Research Councils UK Energy Programme to rapidly expand CCS research in the UK and to provide an open forum for sharing information and ideas in this growing area. The network helps sustain a dynamic and stimulating R&D landscape that is accessible to any member of the UK academic community interested in contributing to research and innovation in CCS, including both early career researchers and established academics.

Our Objectives

  1. Provide an open forum for CCS academics to share results from ongoing work.
  2. Produce online resources and a regular newsletter to encourage communication and facilitate dissemination of research outcomes.
  3. Support early career researchers in their development through a targeted programme and participation in other UKCCSC activities.
  4. Enable expansion of the academic CCS R&D community in the UK through active engagement of established academics who wish to broaden or redirect their skills to contribute towards R&D on CCS.
  5. Improve communication of key research outcomes from the UK CCS R&D community to a broad range of stakeholders.
  6. Strengthen existing international links and, where necessary, create new opportunities for international collaboration and dissemination of UK CCS R& outcomes overseas.
  7. Co-ordinate contributions from the academic community in shaping future priorities for CCS R&D in the UK.
  8. Encourage people to be more aware of the amount of CO2 they are producing, through the use of carbon dioxide sensors in both the home and workplace.

Joining the UKCCSC Network

The Network is open to any member of the UK academic community interested in contributing to research and innovation in CCS, including both early career researchers and established academics. Network stakeholders in industry, government and NGOs are also encouraged to join in many network activities and receive UKCCSC information. If you would like to be a member or stakeholder, please send an email to ukccsc@ed.ac.uk with the word “subscribe” in the subject and include your name, organisation, email address, mailing address, phone number and area of interest within CCS. Members and stakeholders will receive periodic emails with information regarding upcoming CCS news and events.

UKCCSC Structure

UKCCSC is run by a secretariat (based at the University of Edinburgh) with strategic guidance provided by an Advisory Committee and an International Reference User Group. Academic members are comprised of over 250 engineering, technological, natural, environmental, social and economic academic members with CCS interests. Additionally, industry, governmental and NGO stakeholders contribute a further 250 to this growing network. This diverse community contributes to a dynamic network that is growing to expand all areas of relevant research and understanding in the CCS setting.

UKCCSC secretariat

The UKCCSC secretariat is led by both PIs for the project, Professors Jon Gibbins (School of Engineering) and Stuart Haszeldine (School of Geosciences). UKCCSC is run by Robin Cathcart, Network Manager. Co-PIs for the project, Hannah Chalmers and Mark Wilkinson provide added guidance and coordinate the Early Careers Programme and UKCCSC newsletter, respectively. The UKCCSC secretariat also includes part time support from Nicola McRobbie and Vivian Scott.

International Reference User Group

An international reference user group is made up of representatives from organisations based in other countries or with international activities. The group ensures that strong links are maintained between UK researchers and the international CCS community.

UKCCSC advisory committee

A project advisory committee was established to guide the development of UKCCSC as it responds to the rapidly evolving challenges and requirements for CCS R&. It is comprised of government, NGO, industry and academic members who have strong backgrounds and interest in CCS. Members include:

  • Matthew Bilson – Department of Energy and Climate Change, Office of CCS
  • Jerry Blackford – Plymouth Marine Laboratory (annual rotating academic position)
  • Jeff Chapman – Carbon Capture and Storage Association
  • Jeff Hardy – UK Energy Research Centre
  • Martyn Cushing – Foreign Commonwealth Office
  • Chris Littlecott – Green Alliance
  • Philip Sharman – Alstom
  • Jacqui Williams – Research Councils UK Energy Programme

Contact UKCCSC

Please direct any UKCCSC inquiries or correspondence to Robin Cathcart

University of Edinburgh
Sanderson Building
The King’s Buildings
Edinburgh, EH9 3JL
Tel: 0131 650 7444