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Methods for energy system planning under uncertainty

The Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the UK Energy Research Centre, the Centre for Energy Systems Integration, Supergen Hubnet and Durham Energy Institute are organising a workshop on "Methods for energy system planning under uncertainty" on Wednesday 14 December at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Edinburgh. This will start at 10:00 (tea/coffee from 0930) and finish at 17:00. For directions to ICMS and accommodation options please see

The day will introduce attendees to key mathematical and statistical methods for managing uncertainty in models used to support capital planning and policy decisions. There will be three technical sessions:

  • Statistical uncertainty quantification: Michael Goldstein (Durham University) and Amy Wilson (University of Edinburgh)
  • Efficient computational optimisation approaches: Ken McKinnon/Andreas Grothey (University of Edinburgh), additional speaker tbc
  • Decision support: Stan Zachary (Heriot-Watt University) on decision criteria, Kevin Wilson (Newcastle University) on expert elicitation

The day will finish with a networking poster session including wine reception, giving an opportunity to develop new contacts and potential collaborations.

The main target audience is early career researchers in energy systems, and we hope it will be of interest also to more experienced researchers who wish to learn new techniques, analysts in industry and government who are interested in decision making under uncertainty, and researchers in other applied disciplines who wish to learn more about the technical methods presented.

There will be a registration fee of 35 to cover the cost of lunch, and refreshments through the day. The registration form is linked to from is by credit card, and any updates (e.g. additional speakers and the full programme) will be placed on that website. If the number of paid registrations is large we might be able to waive the fee for a small number of students on receipt of a need case. For more details please contact Dr. Chris Dent, lead organiser, on