Innovations in fuel poverty research, policy and practice




17th - 18th June 2024
University of Salford and Online

Update: May 2024 – Event postponed

Following the surprise announcement on 22nd May that there will be a general election in the UK on 4th July, we have taken the difficult decision of postponing our June conference ‘Innovations in fuel poverty research, policy and practice’.

Although we are an international network, this is an event in the UK with a focus on local and national policy. This link between policy and research is core to FPRN. We already know that some panellists will not be able to attend due to pre-election rules (purdah period). Many others in our network will now have additional pressures in their calendars.

It is therefore best that we postpone. We will be back in touch with a new date and hope that you can join us in Greater Manchester in the autumn.

If you would like to be informed once we confirmed the date for the postponed event, please join our pre-register list (just needs your email address):

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Event information

The Fuel Poverty Research Network (FPRN), in collaboration with University of Salford, are inviting all involved in this important field to join them in Salford in June. Whether you are researching fuel poverty or housing, developing policy, or working directly with vulnerable householders, it’s an opportunity to meet others, share ideas and stories, and engage with the latest developments.

Across the two days there will be sessions with a focus on Greater Manchester, as well as discussions about national, EU and international policy. Learn about brand new research on energy poverty around the world from FPRN-funded early career researchers. There will be presentations from researchers around the network, covering histories of home heating, energy and health, the private rented sector, and retrofit challenges in Greater Manchester. We’ll be running our popular Lightning Talks session, in which delegates can give short presentations.

Delegates in Salford will be able to attend tours of Energy House, the University’s world-leading housing research facility, participate in workshops on working together to fix fuel poverty, as well as take the opportunity to network and attend a social on Monday evening.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof Aimee Ambrose, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr Brenda Boardman, University of Oxford
  • Prof Stefan Bouzarovski, University of Manchester
  • Prof Richard Fitton, University of Salford
  • Dr Carlos Delclos Gomez-Moran, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Prof Lucie Middlemiss, University of Leeds
  • Dr Neil Simcock, Liverpool John Moores University
  • and panelists from across public and community sectors includng National Energy Action, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Carbon Coop, Fuel Poverty Action, Manchester Friends of the Earth
  • Lightning talks from delegates across the network*

In-person only: tour of Energy House, workshops on working together to fix poverty and community energy solidarity, networking and evening social

Monday 17th June – 10:30am – 5pm, followed by an evening social
Tuesday 18th June – 9:30am – 4pm

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*A lightning talk is a short presentation (5 – 10 minutes) on latest research or other activities (e.g. a community project, a local authority initiative). All delegates are welcome to submit an idea for a lightning talk. You can indicate at registration that you are interested. We plan to have a lightning talks session on each day.

Tickets

We need to charge a modest cost to cover catering. Please note that this does not include the Monday evening social. We have kept the fee low and provided a reduced rate for students and low-income.

  • £70 – Full price (both days)
  • £40 – Full price (one day only)
  • £20 – Student and low-income (both days)
  • £10 – Student and low-income (one day only)

We are keen to make the event as inclusive as possible. If you have difficulties paying these fees, or paying through the Eventbrite platform, please contact us (events@fuelpovertyresearch.net). We can’t gaurantee that we can help, but we will try.

Information

Location and travel

The Mary Seacole is a few minutes walk from Salford Crescent station, located between the Peel Park and Frederick Road campuses. Direct services run to and from Manchester Airport, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria, as well as Blackpool, Bolton, Buxton, Blackburn, Southport, Preston, Lancaster, and Barrow-in-Furness. Inter-city services normally use Manchester Piccadilly which is about a ten-minute train journey from Salford Crescent.

See also information on cycle parking. For car parking please use Irwell Car Park as shown on the link (please note car parking charges apply).

Accommodation

We would suggest staying in Manchester city centre. You will be able to find many options on hotel booking websites such as booking.com and hotels.com. A few possibilities:

  • Hotel One Manchester Royal Exchange
    40 minutes walk, 20 minutes by bus to conference venue
    16 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly station and close to St Peters Square, Market Street and Exchange Square Metrolink
    Approx £110 per night
  • Premier Inn Manchester Paintworks
    34 minutes walk, 21 minutes by bus to conference venue
    20 minutes walk from from Manchester Piccadilly station and close to Victoria Station and Exchange Square Metrolink
    Approx £50 per night
  • YHA Hostel Manchester
    35 minutes walk, 27 minutes by bus to conference venue
    29 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly station, 10 minutes from Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink
    Dorm beds approx £30, private rooms approx £50

If you have any queries, please contact events@fuelpovertyresearch.net.