H2FC Supergen Hydrogen Research Conference 2020

Monday 17th to Tuesday 18th February 2020, University of Nottingham

Registration closes on 10 February at midday. 

We are pleased to announce that the H2FC SUPERGEN is holding its 2020 Researcher Conference from 17th until the 18th February 2020 at the University of Nottingham. Join us at the most significant annual gathering of international hydrogen and fuel cell researchers in the United Kingdom.

Bringing together the entire hydrogen and fuel cell research community, inspiring collaboration and driving innovation.

Hydrogen and and Fuel Cells are gaining an increasing level of attention from both industry and governments in the UK and around the world. This conference will include insights and observations on the status and future of the industry, through presentations from key representatives working in government, industry and academia. The discussions will cover not only the research developments and challenges but also new and exciting opportunities for hydrogen and fuel cell research.


The topics will focus on research developments on hydrogen, fuel cells and their applications, with focus on, but not exclusivity to, the themes below:

Theme 1: Hydrogen Production
Theme 2: Hydrogen Storage
Theme 3: Fuel Cells
Theme 4: Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Systems and Applications
Theme 5: Hydrogen Safety
Theme 6: The role of hydrogen and fuel cells in the energy system
Theme 7: Policy, economic and social aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies


Session and keynotes speakers will have 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussions, unless marked in the timetable differently. Plenary sessions are 35 minutes plus 5 minutes. Please submit your presentation via email to H2FC SUPERGEN Researcher Conference (h2fcsupergen.conf@imperial.ac.uk) no later than 13 February 2020.

If your oral paper has been accepted, please read carefully the instructions on how to prepare your oral presentations.


The poster presentation takes place on the Monday 17 February at 7pm until 8pm during the evening drinks reception. You will have approximately 3 minutes to present your poster, with an additional 4 minutes available for Q&A. Poster presenters should be in the vicinity of their poster during the drinks reception.

If your poster presentation has been accepted, please read the instructions on how to prepare posters.


Download the full programme for the two days.



Day 1: Monday 17 February 

11.05 – Hydrogen in the UK low carbon economy – Ben Harrop from BEIS (TBC) [Bio/Abstract]

11.40 – Status of SOEC and SOFC activities at SunfireDr Christian Walter, Sunfire, Germany [Bio/Abstract]

17.20 Hydrogen storage in nanoporous materials: Advantages and limitations Dr Michael Hirscher, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany [Bio/Abstract]

Day 2: Tuesday 18 February 

08.30 – Safety of Hydrogen in the Energy SystemDr Stuart Hawksworth, HSE, UK [Bio/Abstract]

09.05 –Race to Zero? – Fiona Landy, Scottish Cities Alliance Hydrogen Project Manager [Bio/Abstract]

13.15 – Low Carbon Hydrogen Dr Sam French, Johnson Matthey [Bio/Abstract]

13.50 – Solid state technologies for hydrogen systems – Professor Gavin Walker, University of Nottingham [Bio/Abstract]


  • The Sustainable Hydrogen (SusHy) Centre for Doctoral Training
  • H2FC Supergen

Call for Abstracts


The abstract submission process closed on 8 December.



Monday 17 February

10.00 – Registration and coffee
11.00 – Sessions start
17.55 – Main sessions closes
18.05 – Poster session (reception)
20:05 – Conference dinner (at venue)

Download the full programme for Day 1.

Tuesday 18 February

08.00 – Registration and coffee
08.30 – Session commences
14.40 – Conference closes

14:50 – Advisory board meeting (until 16.30 at the latest).

Download the full programme for Day 2.


Please visit our Eventbrite page to register for the conference: https://h2fcsupergen.eventbrite.co.uk/

Conference fees:

  • Students £80*
  • Non Students £170*

*Registration includes the conference dinner.

Registration closes at midday on the 10 February 2020.


Plenary speakers:

Fiona Landy

Fiona Landy

Scottish Cities Alliance Hydrogen Project Manager
Scottish Cities Alliance

Professor Gavin Walker

Professor Gavin Walker

Professor of Sustainable Energy
University of Nottingham

Dr Stuart Hawksworth

Dr Stuart Hawksworth

Head of HSE’s Centre for Energy and Major Hazards
Health and Safety Executive UK

Dr Michael Hirscher

Dr Michael Hirscher

“Hydrogen Storage Group” Lead
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Dr Sam French

Dr Sam French

Senior Business Development Manager
Johnson Matthey

Dr Christian Walter

Dr Christian Walter

Head of Stack Development and Testing


Trent Building (Source: University of Nottingham)

The conference will be held at:

University of Nottingham, Trent Building, Jubilee Avenue, Nottingham, England, NG7 2QH

Map of the University Park Campus (Trent Building is number 11)

Car Parking:

Twenty parking permits have been allocated to delegates. Please contact us at H2FC SUPERGEN Researcher Conference (h2fcsupergen.conf@imperial.ac.uk).


For information on how to travel to the University Park Campus by car, cycle and public transport visit the university website.


There are number of hotels and B&Bs located within easy access of the university. There is no designated conference hotel.

  • De Vere Orchard Hotel (0.6km)
  • Jubilee Conference Centre (1.7km)
  • Travelodge Nottingham Riverside Hotel