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Durham Energy Institute


Prof Bob Holdsworth appointed to NERC Knowledge Exchange Advisory Board

(30 January 2014)

Prof Bob Holdsworth from the Department of Earth Sciences has been appointed as a Member of the NERC Knowledge Exchange Advisory Board. The appointment emerges from Prof Holdsworth’s work with NERC in a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship on behalf of the DEI and IHRR. 

Between October 2009 and September 2012 Prof Holdsworth undertook a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship. During that period he focused on:

  • Identification and development of opportunities for co‐financed research with industry,
  • exploration of opportunities for training,
  • creation of new businesses and turning research to market‐facing applications and
  • developing Knowledge Networks within the Durham Energy Institute and IHRR.

The fellowship has proved to be an important mechanism for increasing links with industry and achieving impact. It enabled Prof Holdsworth to facilitate the launch of a new University spin-out company 'Geoenergy Durham', to set-up a number of industry-funded consortia, secure a number of industry-funded PhDs and Postdocs, to organise 5 field workshops for over 60 industry employees of 7 companies, and develop several successful funding bids. It also led to his appointment in 2010 to the Expert Panel for Seismic Hazard for the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR). The fellowship contributed in the development of knowledge exchange and impact structures at Durham University with Bob creating a specific web portal: as well as developing a number of impact case studies for REF2014.

Professor Bob Holdsworth said:

“I am pleased to be appointed to this Advisory Board as they are responsible for appointing all future KE Fellows and I think it is important to have someone on the selection panels who understands the challenges faced by potential KE Fellows. Knowledge exchange is a uniquely complex area and requires a flexible mix of networking skills, enthusiasm and simple luck in order to make a success of it. I am happy to lend my experiences and perspectives to the Board”


For further information on the NERC KE Fellowships go to

For information on all KE-related activities through NERC go to

The Next KE Fellowship call will be issued in February – you will find it through the above link once it is posted.

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