Please see below for a range of the outreach and engagement activites that have been undertaken as part of the LATENT project, for further information on the research and outputs please contact latent@soton.ac.uk.

The Big Sustainability Expo 2022 (Southampton) 22 September 20221

LATENT Principal Investigators Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj, Prof. Patrick James and researchers Dr Tom Rushby and Dr Philip Turner exhibited at the Big Sustainability Expo 2022  at St Marys Stadium, Southampton on 22 September 2022. The team presented the initial findings and planned field trial to businesses, local authorities, students, and the general public at the only only dedicated Expo on the South Coast facilitating communication between leading experts and exhibitors to help organisations implement environmental impact reduction strategies.

3rd International Conference on Evolving Cities 13-15 July 2022

LATENT researcher Dr Philip Turner presented and exhibited at the 3rd International Conference on Evolving Cities (ICEC 2022) held at Southampton, UK from 13-15 July 2022. Alongside exhibiting the project and playing the LATENT introductory video, Philip presented on “Acceptability of a heat deferral approach for UK residential heating” detailing the positive impact the introductory video and discussion had on focus group participants, enhancing not only their acceptance of a heat deferral approach but the levels of temperature and time they would be willing to allow someone to control their heating.

Degrees to Save the World – Exploring STEM! 30 June 2022

LATENT Co-Investigator Dr Stephanie Gauthier presented at the University of Southampton’s Degrees to Save the World – Exploring STEM! event held at Highfield Campus on 30 June 2022. Stephanie presented to year 12 students about the LATENT project in relation to completing an engineering degree, showing the range of disciplines within Engineering and how research can have an impact on everyday life and behaviour.

EPSRC Engineering Net Zero Week 21-23 June 2022

LATENT researcher Dr Tom Rushby attended and exhibited at the EPSRC Engineering Net Zero Week held in person at the Advanced Research Centre, University Glasgow from 21-23 June 2022. Tom exhibited the initial project findings at the event which also included panels, workshops and keynote sessions with discussions on the project aims and outputs taking place with researchers, industry leaders and policy makers.

ERBE Conference – Striking the Balance: Demand Reduction Vs Supply Decarbonisation 25 May 2022

LATENT researcher Dr Philip Turner presented virtually at the 9th Annual ERBE Conference – Striking the Balance: Demand reduction vs supply decarbonisation taking place in Galway, Ireland on 25 May 2022.  Philip presented initial findings form the LATENT online focus groups, fielding questions from attendees on the range of perspectives conveyed during the focus groups.

Unlocking Flexibility: A research, policy and practice workshop 16-17 May 2022

LATENT researchers Dr Tom Rushby and Dr Philip Turner attended and presented at the Unlocking Flexibility workshop at Newcastle University on 16-17 May 2022. The aim of the workshop was to create a forum for open discussion and collective questioning on demand side flexibility with contributions from academics, policy, industry and NGO stakeholders. Tom detailed the project aims and objectives and debated the project plan requesting feedback on the method of engagement and study.

Pint of Science – People, Homes and Drones 11 May 2022

Latent Co-Investigator Dr Stephanie Gauthier presented the LATENT project “Would you give-up control of your home heating” at the Southampton Pint of Science taking place on 11 May 2022 at Harbour Lights Cinema, Southampton. The People, Homes and Drones event Stephanie explained how homes can be connected to reduce our carbon footprint and engaged in a engaging Q&A with the in-person audience.

The Big Sustainability Expo (Southampton) 28 October 2021

LATENT researcher Dr Philip Turner exhibited at the Big Sustainability Expo  at St Marys Stadium, Southampton on 28 October 2021. Philip presented the aims and objectives of the project to businesses, local authorities, students and the general public at the only only dedicated Expo on the South Coast facilitating communication between leading experts and exhibitors to help organisations implement environmental impact reduction strategies.

Business Innovation South Expo 15 September 2021

Latent Principal Investigator Prof. Patrick James and researchers Dr Tom Rushby and Dr Philip Turner exhibited the LATENT project at the Business Innovation South Expo, held at Ageas Bowl, Southampton on 15 September 2021, detailing the aims and objectives of the project. The event was the South’s first large-scale expo where established companies from within the science, technology, engineering and innovation sectors could showcase the latest products/services available to businesses across the region.