Where Oil and Gas meets Wind, Wave and Tidal
30th – 31st May 2012

New Drumossie Hotel, Inverness

This is a two-day conference with the aim of bringing together players from across the region’s marine energy industries.

Organised by the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Energy Research Group, the aim of this event is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between offshore sectors, including established oil and gas businesses as well as companies in the emerging renewables market. It is being increasingly recognised there is much common ground between the skills and knowledge needed to develop marine renewable installations and those which are currently used in the oil and gas sector.

Companies entering the renewables sector can learn from established offshore operators and there are huge opportunities for supply chain businesses to get involved with emerging technologies. This event, the first of its kind in the Highlands and Islands, will explore these issues for businesses interested in technological innovation or diversifying into new sectors. Delegates will get the chance to meet decision makers and learn about new developments.

The detailed programme is still being put together but the CWCG FLYER gives the gist of what will be covered over the 2 days. We’re also giving delegates/businesses the chance to showcase their work/innovations/interests for 5 minutes if they want to.

Registration and Cost: Delegate places can be booked now, with a registration fee of £95. Fee covers attendance at all sessions over the 2 days, and the conference dinner on the evening of Wednesday, 30th May.

Places can be booked on the website or by email to or by calling Fiona O’Fee on 0800 032 8080.


EIMR International conference now fully booked

May 1-3 2012, Kirkwall.

It’s very encouraging to announce that we have now closed the delegate list for this event having exceeded our 200 delegate limit. We have have opened a ‘standby’ list for anyone still wishing to attend should another delegate need to cancel – if you would like to be added to this list please contact

A draft programme is now available HERE (please remember this is still subject to change) and information for delegates is available HERE

See all details at the EIMR conference website.

Biomass event in Forres

Wednesday 2 May, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, Burgie House, Burgie Estate, Forres

A free Biomass Heat Demonstration Day run by HWEnergy, Saffery Champness and Scottish Land & Estates has been announced to help pull together local expertise in biomass and create a networking opportunity.

This demonstration event will allow you to see and hear about biomass systems working in practice and to discuss operating a domestic biomass system.

The event will consist of presentations on:

  • Biomass systems and RHI;
  • Tax efficient holding structures;
  • Forestry and fuel production;
  • Finances; and
  • Funding and planning permissions.
  • For more information contact



    Marine Energy Industry Liaison Day

    Friday 16th March 2012, 9am-4pm

    The ETP Marine Energy Liaison Day is a free event taking place in the heart of Edinburgh to promote and encourage interaction between Scottish Universities and the marine energy industry sector. Speaking at the event will be representatives from Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, Strathclyde, Robert Gordon Universities and UHI covering a range of important industrially targeted themes including:

    Device Hydrodynamics
    Resource assessment
    Numerical Modelling and CFD
    Economic Models
    Environmental Issues
    Array and Deployment Testing
    Full Scale Demonstration

    There will be opportunities to have 1-1 meeting with academics throughout the day. The event will take place at 15 South College Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AA.




    Renewable Energy Spring Mini-Conference

    22nd March 2012 12.30pm to 5.00pm, Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, IV2 3LP

    In this unique free event, leading Inverness renewable energy solicitors Wright, Johnston and Mackenzie LLP (WJM) are bringing together the experts you need to help you get your renewable energy project off the ground. Whether it’s community, micro or large-scale renewables, the challenges are still the same. At this afternoon mini-conference, you’ll hear from those who have done it and those who can help you achieve your aims. The event is aimed at landowners, land & estate agents, developers and communities.

    Three workshops will cover respectively hydro generation, community renewables and planning. Workshops will be short, sharp and intensive. Attendance is free. A light buffet lunch will be served at 12.30pm with drinks and canapés at the informal networking session afterwards

    Places are limited and must be booked through


    Other event dates already confirmed: see our UHI WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS

    Renewable UK, Wave & Tidal Event 2012

    Mar 15, 2012

    Sustainable Energy conference and partnering event

    Mar 20, 2012

    Sustainable Energy: Challenges and Opportunities for the supply chain

    Mar 20, 2012

    All Energy – Aberdeen

    Mar 23, 2012

    Scottish Highland Renewable Energy Conference

    Apr 26, 2012

    EIMR International Conference – Orkney

    May 01, 2012

    SEAM Centre – education for a low carbon future

    14 March 2012, SEAM Centre at Inverness College 9.00am – 4.00pm

    An Official Contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

    The seminar will take place at the Inverness College UHI’s new Sustainable Energy and Micro-renewables (SEAM) Centre, allowing delegates to see demonstration examples of a range of micro-renewable energy technologies. The day will include workshops, presentations and round table discussions to give delegates the opportunity to hear about and discuss many aspects of low carbon education.

    How will life be different in a low carbon future? A low carbon future might actually be a better place to be.

    Described by Ian Marchant, chair of Scottish Climate Change Business Delivery Group as “A way of thinking, behaving and operating that minimises carbon emissions while enabling sustainable use of resources, economic growth and quality of life improvements” the transition to low carbon will be one of the most significant challenges facing the country and region over the coming decade. The Education for a Low Carbon Future seminar will explore what learning environments, education and training will be needed to give people the skills to prepare for and be part of a low carbon future.

    Full event programme and registration

    Sustainable energy supply chain conference

    20-21st March 2012, Craighouse Campus, Edinburgh Napier University

    This event will look at both the challenges and the opportunities emerging for companies interested in the supply chain for the rapidly growing sustainable energy industry. By taking part, you will:

  • Gain new trading opportunities in the sustainable energy sector
  • Find out how other companies are working in the supply chain
  • Make valuable links with organisations in the North Sea and Baltic regions
  • Enterprise Europe Network Scotland business partnering offers a valuable targeted networking opportunity, enabling prearranged half-hour, one-to-one meetings with companies of your choice. Around 50 sustainable energy companies from across the North Sea and Baltic regions are expected to register for the partnering event and use it to increase their trading opportunities.

    The conference will highlight how companies from various regions are working in the supply chain, as well as showing the benefits of joining the European Business Support Network. This is a collection of online and offline service providers which offers a self assessment tool, training programmes, tendering platform and contractual guidance. It links with the Enterprise Europe Network to increase innovative business across the European supply chain.

    Speakers include:

  • Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action
  • Catrinus Jepma, Scientific Director of the Energy Delta Research Centre
  • To find out more, please contact Jane Watters, Knowledge Transfer Executive:

    Tel: +44 (0) 141 228 2792

    Conference registration link
    Partnering event registration link

    UK Energy Research Centre Summer School 2012

    The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) have announced revised dates for it’s eighth annual Energy Summer School; from 17th June – 22nd June 2012, at the University of Warwick. There will be 100 places available for UK and international students.

    The School has been specifically designed to give second year PhD students an understanding of energy systems as a whole and of pathways to low-carbon and resilient energy systems. This directly relates to international climate change issues and policies as students will become engaged in a mock United Nations style negotiations throughout the week in order to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions through the use of energy systems. This is a week-long course, which runs in parallel to UKERC’s Annual Assembly, and the course is professionally facilitated to provide continual support for participants, and includes a number of networking opportunities as well as social events.

    Applications are invited from those engaged in energy-related research including technical, physical, social, economic, environmental and business aspects of energy and energy systems.

    Nominations are open until 1700hrs (5pm) GMT Thursday, 8th March 2012. There is no charge for registered research students to attend the School; UKERC will provide accommodation and all meals and materials for activities. The School is conducted in English, and as it is highly interactive a good standard of comprehension and spoken English is essential.

    The nomination form can be accessed from the UKERC website

    Full information is available from the UK Energy Research Centre website at:

    Towards Rio+20 – What is your green dream?

    My Green Dream is a part of the Green Dreams Around the World campaign from UNITAR – United Nations Institute for Training and Research, an official contribution to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, taking place in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

    Ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, taking place in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. the Green Dreams Around the World campaign was initiated to give a voice to the dreams of thousands of individuals as a contribution to the summit.

    From the very beginning of the first Earth Summit in 1992, people realised that sustainable development could not be achieved by governments alone. Now more then ever the urgent sustainability agenda requires the active participation of all sectors of society and all types of people – consumers, workers, business managers, farmers, students, teachers, researchers, activists, indigenous communities, and other communities of interest.