InnoEnergy PhD School Annual Conference 2018

InnoEnergy PhD School Annual Conference 2018

This year’s Annual PhD Conference will gather together energy area PhD candidates from all over Europe with experts from the InnoEnergy network; including researchers, business specialists and industry leaders. Get ready for two-and-a-half days of inspirational speakers, challenging workshops and rewarding contact with your peers in the industry.

The 2018 event focuses on looking beyond technology in engineering. We seek to develop the participant’s skills related to topics such as tackling industry problems, commercialising your research, improving user experience in technology, finding partners, raising investments, and protecting yourself in the process. As a key part of the conference, industrial partners will bring particular challenges to the PhD candidates to collectively solve in parallel co-creation sessions.

Benefits for InnoEnergy PhD students:

  • Develop your knowledge and skills in areas including stress management, networking, industrial design and creativity methods
  • Meet your peers and industry partners, establish new connections for research/commercialisation/ employment
  • Receive guidance in developing an InnoEnergy innovation project proposal (requirement to graduate from PhD school)
  • Have fun in the amazing city of Budapest

Benefits for industry partners:

The InnoEnergy PhD conference is an excellent platform to:

  • Meet the most talented young researchers/engineers in the energy industry
  • Have the unique opportunity to employ the collective brainpower of ~45 PhD candidates from the energy sector to tackle a challenge inspired by your organisation. Contact the organising board if you are interested in posing a challenge to be discussed in a workshop
  • Expose your organisation as a potential employer to the top talent in Europe
  • Develop your knowledge and skills in areas including stress management, networking, industrial design and creativity methods
  • Have fun in the amazing city of Budapest

PhD candidate participants, please note also:

This conference includes a poster session including all candidates

A key aim of the IE PhD conference 2018 is to demonstrate the best features of your work to the industry participants and to each other. Therefore ask you to compose and bring along an A1 or A2 (not bigger!) poster that showcases your work from a scientific AND a future commercial point of view. This element is mandatory to all participating PhD candidates.

Invitation for pitching competition

Do you have a great idea for turning your research project into a product/service or a whole business? Do you want the experience of battling your presentation skills against your fellow candidates? Good news! This autumn, the infamous InnoEnergy pitching competition returns! This is your opportunity to shine. Places in the competition are limited, so sign up now and take a shot at being the next PhD school pitching champion! Aside of eternal glory, attractive prizes for top spots.

Invitation for experience sharing

During the conference, we will give six motivated InnoEnergy PhD candidates a special voice to share some of their recent experiences with the rest. If you have a good story, for example about a great recent conference visit, an interesting method, a surprising research result, a recently learned skill or anything of that nature, let us know… and get a chance to let everyone else know!


8:30 9:00 Registration, coffee
9:00 9:50 Welcome by EIT + InnoEnergy
9:50 10:00 Small break
10:00 12:30 How to succeed at networking? (Christopher Barrat)
12:30 13:30 Lunch
13:30 14:00 Sharing experiences (from 2 candidates)
14:00 15:45 Workshop on InnoEnergy innovation projects
15:45 16:15 Break
16:15 17:45 Workshop on stress management in academia


8:30 9:00 Welcome, coffee
9:00 9:30 Industrial partner presentation
9:30 10:00 Sharing experiences (from 2 candidates)
10:00 12:30 Industrial design ed.1 (Better Future Factory)
& problem-solving session by LEGO Serious Play ed.1 (Madis Talmar)
12:30 13:30 Lunch
13:30 16:00 Industrial design ed.2 (switch rooms) &
Problem-solving session by LEGO Serious Play ed.2 (switch rooms)
16:00 16:30 Break
16:30 17:00 Sharing experiences (from 2 candidates)
17:00 18:00 Poster session by all candidates + snacks
19:00 20:00 PhD School graduation ceremony
20:00 drinks


9:00 9:30 Welcome, coffee
9:30 10:30 What makes a lucrative business case for an angel investor
10:30 11:30 Pitching competition for candidates (up to 10 participants)
11:30 12:30 Lunch
12:30 15:30 Team-building activity