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18–19 November 2021, Room 1.17 Otago Business School, University of Otago campus, Dunedin

The theme for the 2021 symposium was “The Challenge of Net Zero by 2050”. Achieving Net Zero by 2050 will require a rapid transition to a decarbonised energy system and will affect every aspect of society. This monumental systemic change presents significant challenges across a range of different areas.

This symposium brought together diverse perspectives on these challenges (and possible opportunities), and we welcomed contributions from across the energy research community.

There were two focused sessions:

Day 1 – National Energy Modelling, co‑organised with NERI

Day 2 – Energy Hardship and the Transition, co‑organised with the Consortium of Energy Hardship Evaluation

Programme and abstract booklet

2021 OERC Symposium programme (PDF)

2021 OERC Symposium abstracts booklet (PDF)

Image gallery

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Student prizes

EECA logo imageKindly sponsored by the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA).

Best student presentation winner

Kirill Misiiuk
Spontaneous droplet motion on micropatterned aluminium for improved efficiency of heat-exchangers and wind turbines (PDF)

Runner-up student presentation winner

Aleida Powell
Modelling the Long-term Impacts of Increased Demand Response within a 100% Renewable New Zealand Power System (PDF)

Keynote presentation

Dr Stéphanie Bouckaert was unable to giver her presentation due to unforeseen circumstances. Thomas Spencer, who is one of the lead authors of the NZE report and of the WEO2021 (in particular of the Chapter 3, focusing on the NZE scenario), gave the keynote presentation.


Day 1: National Energy Modelling – co‑organised with NERI

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Day 2: Energy Hardship and the Transition – co‑organised with the Consortium of Energy Hardship Evaluation (EECA)

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Quick-fire round on Energy Hardship and the Transition

Poster presentations

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