A successful scholarship application has provided two RMIT environmental science and engineering students with an opportunity to attend an energy summit in Bali.
Lucinda Trickey and Rachel Heriot from the School of Applied Sciences attended the International Student Energy Summit (ISES), which hosted more than 600 students from 100 different nations.
The summit focused on three topics: markets and regulation, technology and innovation, and global energy dynamics.
Speakers came from all over the world and included H.E. Jusuf Kalla, the Vice President of Indonesia and Noeleene Heyzer, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Trickey is passionate about the future of energy and is completing the Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours) double degree.
“I attended the UrbanEco symposium earlier this year and it really sparked my interest in sustainable development and renewable energy, so I was keen to attend an event that focused on these issues,” she said.
“The highlight for me was attending a session on sustainable cities, which featured a panel of three speakers; all of whom were involved in various research strategies in sustainable city technology and implementation.”
Heriot is also completing the environmental science and engineering double degree and said she was particularly inspired by the discussions, which were relevant to her own studies.
“For my honours project I am looking at making bioethanol from sawdust and the feasibility of conducting this process in Australia.
“I decided to attend ISES 2015 as I thought it would complement this project,” Heriot said.
“The session I enjoyed the most was on second generation biofuels, where the process of bioenergy technologies and the challenges and opportunities of developing these types of energy sources were discussed.
“Overall, the summit was a wonderful opportunity to build on my knowledge and make new friends, and I encourage all students with an interest in the future of energy to attend the next summit in 2017,” she said.
The ISES bursary program offers financial support to students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for sustainable global energy development and in this case, it covered the cost of the pair’s ticket to the summit, as well as accommodation and meals.
When she graduates, Trickey hopes to get involved with a team focused on implementing sustainable technology in Melbourne.
“The future of energy lies within urban development and it is essential that my generation becomes actively involved in the innovation of technologies to allow for an easy transition into renewable energy and sustainable living.”