This event aimed to identify specific opportunities to conduct fundamental, holistic and cross-disciplinary research that contribute to the wider propulsion systems technology challenge. This has been achieved by building connections between current IAAPS academics and those in other University departments, and by stimulating discussion on collaborative interdisciplinary research projects on the topics including electric vehicles (EV), battery development, alternative fuels and autonomous driving.

28 academics from around the University attended this online event, facilitated by RIS. Attendees’ expertise ranged from Psychology, Policy, Economics to Maths, Chemistry and Electrical Engineering. Around the topic of EV, participants explored ideas around incentivisation and charging infrastructure; global and national policy; how people embrace the new technology and Life-cycle Assessment of EVs. On the topic of battery development, the discussion was around advanced batteries and charging system; the circular economy; energy management and its application to EVs. Alternative fuel panels investigated possible replacement of traditional fuels with sustainable alternatives such as ammonia and hydrogen, together with the with the consideration of economic impact. Autonomous driving groups debated public acceptance, technical bottlenecks, infrastructure cost, security, human behaviour and modelling.

IAAPS will follow up on these discussion and form cross-disciplinary proposal development clusters, review and define research topics, and seek funding opportunities. Topic champions have been appointed to continue the collaboration:

• Electric Vehicle – Chris Vagg

• Battery Development – Peter Wilson

• Alternative Fuels – Jamie Turner

• Autonomous Driving – Nic Zhang

Professor Chris Brace, Academic and Research Director of IAAPS, said:

“I was really excited to see this diverse group of academics come together to discuss the issues facing the propulsion sector. Clean, sustainable and affordable transport is one of the key challenges we face as we transition to a greener future. There are great opportunities for Bath to make a difference through engaging in adventurous interdisciplinary research. These are the first steps towards realising the huge potential for IAAPS to catalyse this activity.”

We would like to invite all academics to attend a further IAAPS Research Networking Event:

Legislation, Environment and Costs (14th July)