Get a front-row seat to the diverse minds of most the forward thinking creators and innovators in Nottingham

Professor Lucelia Rodrigues

Chair in Sustainable and Resilient Cities of the University of Nottingham and the Head of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment

This is Professor Lucelia Rodrigues

Professor Lucelia Rodrigues is the Chair in Sustainable and Resilient Cities of the University of Nottingham and the Head of the Department of Architecture and Built Environment.

Lucelia is a passionate, global leader in the resilience of communities and buildings in a changing climate, involved in several major sustainability projects focused on energy, carbon management and comfort with a combined value over £87m and circa 150 associated publications. Her teaching and research are very cross-disciplinary, aiming to inform the sustainable practice of architecture and enhance the quality of the built environment.

She is the director of the Transport, Mobility & Cities @ Nottingham initiative and of the MArch in Architecture & Sustainable Design programme, and the Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, and part of a number of advisory boards supporting cities in their journey to carbon neutrality.

Professor Dr Chi-Hwa Wang

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS)

This is Professor Dr Chi-Hwa Wang

Dr Chi-Hwa Wang is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his B.S. degree (Chemical Engineering) from the National Taiwan University, M.S. degree (Biomedical Engineering) from Johns Hopkins University, M.A. and PhD degrees (both in Chemical Engineering) from Princeton University, respectively.

His current research interests include particle technology, biomass gasification, and waste to energy and resource. He is an Executive Editor for Chemical Engineering Science (Elsevier, 2013 - 2022). He serves in the editorial board/international advisory board of the following four Elsevier journals: Applied Energy, Journal of Controlled Release, Powder Technology, and Advanced Powder Technology (also Executive Editor 2009-2013).

Chi-Hwa is the recipient of a few recent awards such as AIChE Shining Star Award 2016, Teaching Commendation List, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2017. WSSET (World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies) Award 2017, Bologna, Italy, 2017, AIChE Shell Thomas Baron Award, Pittsburgh, USA, 2018, AIChE Fellow 2019, WSSET Fellow 2020.

Professor Peter D. Lund

Professor in Advanced Energy Systems at Aalto University, Finland

This is Professor Peter D. Lund

Peter D. Lund is Professor in Advanced Energy Systems at Aalto University, Finland. He is Honorary Professor at Southeast University (Nanjing). He has >40 years of experience in clean energy technologies, systems, and policies. He led Finland’s R&D on new energy technologies 1988-1998. He has pioneered hydrogen technologies, energy storage and building integrated PV, among others.

Dr. Lund is active in senior roles with European energy initiatives: he chaired Advisory Group Energy of European Commission 2002-2006 and Energy Steering Panel of European Academies Science Advisory Council 2013-2017, co-chaired the European Academies’ Science Advice for Policy on the energy transition 2019-2021. He is vice-chair of Finnish Climate Panel, Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Open Energy, etc. He holds a D.Sc. from Helsinki University of Technology (1984); London Business School Alumni (1989). He has received the. China Friendship Award (2021) and Jiangsu Friendship Award and Medal (2020).

Professor Ashok Pandey

Distinguished Scientist at the Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India

This is Professor Ashok Pandey

Professor Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at the Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Executive Director (Honorary) at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability – India. His major research and technological development interests are industrial & environmental biotechnology and energy biosciences, focusing on biomass to biofuels & chemicals, waste to wealth & energy, industrial enzymes, etc.

Professor Pandey is has been Adjunct/Visiting Professor/Scientist in universities in France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, China, South Korea, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Switzerland, USA, UK, etc and also in several universities in India.He has >1650 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 110 books, >950 papers and book chapters, etc with h index of 125 and ~67,000 citations (Google scholar).

Professor Pandey is the recipient of many national and international awards and honours and is Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India; Founder & International Executive Coordinator of International Bioprocessing Association, France; Chairman of the International Society for Energy, Environment & Sustainability; Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology; Honorary Executive Advisor of (i) Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, (ii) Journal of Systems Microbiology and Biomanufacturing (iii) Journal of Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Subject Editor, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, India; Associate Editor, (i) Biologia – Section Cellular and Molecular Biology and (ii) Biotechnology Research and Innovation and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals.

Professor Hongxing Yang

Renewable Energy Research Group (RERG) in the Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

This is Professor Hongxing Yang

Prof. Hongxing Yang leads the Renewable Energy Research Group (RERG) in the Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

His research interests cover a number of R&D topics in renewable energy applications and energy saving in buildings including solar photovoltaic integration in buildings, wind power generation, indirect evaporative cooling, ground-coupled heat pumps, and hybrid renewable energy and energy storage systems. He has over 500 academic papers and 7 professional books published including more than 300 peer reviewed journal papers.

According to Elsevier, he was listed as “Highly Cited Researcher” from 2016 to 2020 in Engineering, ranked 15th of the most-cited Chinese scientists in 2022 in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He has received many local and international awards including an award from the Chinese Ministry of Education for Outstanding Scientific Research Achievements.

He now serves on the International Journal of Applied Energy as Senior Editor and is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies and Future Cities and Environment.

Professor Michele Bottarelli

Associated professor at the University of Ferrara (Italy)

This is Professor Michele Bottarelli

Michele Bottarelli is an associated professor at the University of Ferrara (Italy), and recently qualified as full professor by the Italian Scientific Qualification. He lectures in Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer at the School of Architecture and Renewable Energy at the School of Industrial Design.

As leader of a research laboratory on heat transfer and renewable energy, his main activities are currently focused on ground heat exchangers and their behaviour when coupled with phase change materials, thermal benefits of air-permeability in vented tiled roofs, hybridization of geothermal heat pump systems, and thermochemical materials for energy storage. He has participated in seven European projects as an expert, WP leader or coordinator (FP4, FP7, H2020, Horizon Europe, LIFE, EFDR).

Don McLean

Founder of Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES)

This is Don McLean

Don has spent the last 40+ years pioneering the development and use of building simulation software worldwide.  His experiences developing and applying building simulation programs combined with his knowledge of Environmental Engineering and his experience with architects gave him a unique understanding of how building performance tools can significantly improve the building design process.

In June 1994, Don founded Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) in order to develop the Virtual Environment suite of integrated building design and simulation tools. His objectives were to overcome many of the obstacles to the uptake of building simulation products and ultimately fully integrate them into the building design process. Don realized that the only way to make these concepts and ideas effective within the design process was to develop them in a fully commercial environment.

Since then Don has invested heavily in research and development, constantly pushing the boundaries of building performance analysis and promoting integrated working partnerships to create more sustainable cities. In 2013, Don was named as a “Star of Building Science” by Building4Change and in 2022 he was named a regional finalist in EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year programme.

Don holds a BSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, and also spent nine years in the ABACUS unit, at the Department of Architecture in the University of Strathclyde, undertaking a PhD and Post-Doctoral research.  During this time, ABACUS was one of the foremost departments in the application of computers in the building design process.

Don’s vision and leadership has been the driving force behind the success of IES, seeing the company grow from humble beginnings to a successful and key global player in the field of sustainable building design and operation. To date, IES products have helped design more than one million energy efficient buildings across the globe.

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj

Energy and Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton

This is Professor AbuBakr Bahaj

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj (FICE, FIET, FRSA, MInstP, CPhys) leads the 55-strong Energy and Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD, progressing from a researcher to a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy. For more than 30 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University. His major research programmes can be found at These include Renewable Energy (Solar Photovoltaics, Offshore Wind and Marine Energy), Cities, Energy and Infrastructure, Energy for Development, Data and Modelling, Energy and Behaviour, Energy and Buildings, Environmental Impacts, and Microgeneration Technologies. Professor Bahaj’s work has resulted in over 300 articles published in academic refereed journals and conference series of international standing.

Prof Bahaj founded the International Marine Energy Journal for which he is the Editor-in-Chief. He also holds visiting professorships at the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology (XAUAT), Xi’an, China, (2017 to present), the Ångström Laboratory and Engineering University of Uppsala, Sweden (2011-15) and at the King Salaman bin Abdulaziz. He is Visiting Chair for Energy Research at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2014 to present). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), Institution of Engineering Technologies (FIET) and the Royal Academy of Arts (FRSA). He is also the Chief Scientific Advisor to the City Southampton —believed to be the first such appointment in the UK – and also a member of the Research Advisory Group for the UK Department of International Development.

In 2014, he was named by the UK’s Science Council as one of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists. More detail about Prof Bahaj’s team, projects, publication and MSc programmes can be found at

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East Midlands Airport (EMA)

The closest airport to Nottingham is the East Midlands Airport (EMA), which mainly serves national or short international connections. Travelling via the A453 road between East Midlands Airport and Nottingham takes approximately 25 minutes, depending on traffic, and is one of the easiest ways to get between the airport and the city.

Some directions on how to get to the campus from the airport and further information on the local transport system can be found below

Bus from East Midlands Airport

Good links for bus travel to the University from East Midlands Airport can be found here – follow the link for the Skylink’ service


Note that there are two Skylink buses – one will bring you to the Nottingham University campus (Skylink Nottingham) and the other to Nottingham City centre (Skylink Express, a lot faster). The bus timetables, fares and routes can be found here (you can download pdf files with the details): Timetables


If you use the faster Skylink Express option then you will need to travel from Nottingham city centre to the University

Taxi from East Midlands

A taxi from the airport to the University campus will cost approximately £30 – £40 and will take around 20 minutes.


Details and links to some taxi companies can be found on this website


Booking a taxi in advance of your arrival is strongly advised.