"I have represented CIBSE across the globe" #IamCIBSE
I am an Energy Consultant
I am a Ken Dale Travel Bursary winner
I have represented CIBSE across the globe
I’d heard of the bursary long before I applied but the year I did, I was studying for a masters. I felt it was the right time, knowing that if I was successful I could plan my research trips around my studies. I knew it would be a fantastic experience and a unique career episode.
What made you choose your particular research topic?
I looked at CIBSE’s research priorities and ‘systems thinking and integration’ struck me. Decarbonisation of electricity is a hot topic in our industry. Electric vehicles and photovoltaics are on the rise and I wanted to investigate how they could further drive sustainability without compromising adequate demand management.
One of the key things I have learnt is that effective climate change policy requires full collaboration between sectors (e.g. transport and housing) at planning stage and beyond.
Union Square, San Francisco
What were the highlights of your experience?
I had a particularly surreal moment when I was sat on the 30th floor of a hotel in Union Square, San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit 2018. There were representatives from the European Commission, China, Canada and California on the panel, all discussing decarbonising road transport. I had the sudden realisation that I was so far from home and yet completely immersed and amazed to be representing CIBSE across the globe.
The experience, right from interview stage, has developed my knowledge, skills and confidence. I’ve made new contacts, raised my profile and the research I did is still proving useful in my current job.
If someone were thinking of applying, I would advise them – do not doubt yourself, just apply. It’s too good an opportunity to miss.