International Forum on Disruptive Low Carbon Innovations

March 7, 2017, London (for innovators and practitioners). March 08 (for researchers)

7-8 MARCH  2017

International Forum on Disruptive Low Carbon Innovations

To launch a new international forum on disruptive low carbon innovations, Future Earth and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research organised two workshops in London on March 7th & 8th, 2017, with the financial support of the UK Science & Innovation Network.

The first workshop on March 7th brought together over 40 innovators and practitioners working on energy, transport, food, housing and cities to identify common drivers and barriers to disruptive low carbon innovation, and the need for supportive policy and regulation. The second workshop on March 8th involved researchers from diverse fields discussing the key elements of a research agenda on how disruptive innovation may contribute to climate change mitigation.

Agendas, talks, and photos encapsulating the key insights generated from both workshops are available below. A synthesis report from both workshops will also be available for download here by the end of March 2017.

Innovator & Practitioner Workshop, March 7th, 2017, London.


Draft Agenda 07 March (Innovators and Practitioners)

Presentation - Prof Corinne Le Quere on Climate Change & Innovation

Presentation - Charlie Wilson on Disruptive Low Carbon Innovation

Research Workshop, March 8th, 2017, London.


Draft Agenda 08 March (Researchers)

Presentation - Charlie Wilson on Disruptive Low Carbon Innovation

Presentation - Frank Geels on System Transformation

Talk - Benjamin Sovacool on Energy Innovation

Talk - Gert Jan Kramer on Scenarios & Disruption

For further information about the workshops, please contact:

Asher Minns ( +44 (0) 1603 593906 or Charlie Wilson (


"By 2025 we will have to have closed down all coal-fired power stations across the planet. By 2030 you will have to get rid of thecombustion engine entirely". Prof. John Schellnhuber, Chair of the EU’s High-Level Panel on Decarbonisation, and Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research. Source.

“There is an incredible opportunity for the UK to become a world leader in these disruptive technologies. Yet our current energy security subsidies favour dirty diesel generation over smart new clean tech solutions.” Rt.Hon. Angus McNeil MP in the final report by the Energy and Climate Change Committee of the House of Commons. Source.

"When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor." Elon Musk. Source.