Monash Energy News | December 2021

Last week, Monash Energy Institute hosted the 2021 State of Energy Research Conference (SoERC2021) featuring over 50 researchers and industry speakers from the energy community. 

We are honoured that so many researchers, both early career and experienced, shared their research during SoERC2021. The community of researchers and their industry partners that gathered represent hope and dedication to the most urgent and critical challenge facing humanity to date; anthropogenic climate change. Read the full Chair's Foreword here.Thank you to all the speakers and attendees that devoted their time to this conference. Recordings of the keynote speeches are now available on the ERICA YouTube channel.We wish you all a happy festive season and look forward to connecting with you in the new year.

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