The ERBE Summer School Event took place on 6th – 7th July in the inspiring location of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge. The Summer School is an annual event that has been running now for 12 years, initiated within the LoLo CDT and now incorporated as part of the ERBE CDT programme. This year was the first Summer School event to take place in-person for the ERBE CDT students and 29 students from across the CDT attended. The Summer School is an opportunity for students to come together, away from their usual place of work, and take part in a ‘challenge’ activity. The activity is designed to push the students out of their ‘comfort-zone’ and develop their skills in different areas than those which are used on a day-to-day basis within the scope of their PhD study. Staff from across the ERBE CDT attended along with members of the ERBE Advisory Board.
This year, the students were split into 6 groups and were tasked with creating a video with the remit of explaining a home energy metric to an audience of choice. The videos demonstrated how much the students had embraced the challenge and the outputs were both creative and informative (not to mention entertaining!).
The video that won First-Prize was entitled ‘Heat Pumps 101 – Coefficient of performance (COP)’, which was produced by: Laurence Childs (UCL, Year 2), Matthew Kerr (LU Year 2), Hooman Azad (LU, Year 1), Maha Sohail (CIT, MaREI, Year 3), Suzanne O’ Keefe (UCC, MaREI, Year 2).