<i>By LCEDN</i>

It is with great pleasure that we announce the inaugural meeting of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network.

Our first event is a two-day international symposium designed to address the interplay between low carbon energy issues (specifically solar and bio), climate change and international development in the light of past experiences.

This conference is international in both its scope and significance. It will be hosted by Loughborough University as part of the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) and is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The event promises to be a fascinating experience with participants drawn from across a wide array of academic communities, government departments, private sector organisations and NGOs, as well as a range of countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.

Conference Goals
  1. To revitalise the discussion of low carbon energy issues within international development debates through re-visiting past projects and initiatives to understand what works and what doesn't.
  2. To enhance North-South understanding within and between the UK energy policy, energy technology and development communities.
  3. To introduce the DECC-funded Low Carbon Energy for Development Network as an innovative conduit and meeting place serving different energy interest groups and disciplinary approaches working towards human development goals.
  4. To strengthen inter-disciplinary collaboration amongst academic participants and their collaboration with government, international institutions, NGOs and the private sector.
  5. To enrich UK and international policy-making regarding energy and development.

Confirmed Speakers and Invited Guests
  • Md Ashraful Islam, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • Ivan Azurdia Bravo, Rijatzul Q'ij (Semilla de Sol), Guatemala.
  • Gideon Baklit, University of Jos, Nigeria.
  • Dinesh Bhuju, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology
  • Ed Brown, Loughborough University
  • Ewan Bloomfield , Practical Action UK.
  • Binoy Krishna Choudhury, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management
  • Jamie Cross , University of Edinburgh
  • Ijaz Hossain, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • Nafees Meah, Head of Science, Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK Government
  • A K M Sadrul Islam, Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh
  • Louise Tain, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town
  • Md Wahidur Rahman, Local Government Engineering Department, Bangladesh
  • Abubaka Sambo, Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria and World Energy Council Vice-Chair for Africa
  • Claudio Wheelock, Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua
  • Francis Yamba, Centre For Energy Environment and Engineering, Zambia
  • David Woolnough, Senior Energy and Water Advisor, Department for International Development, UK Government.

Visit www.lcedn.com to register.