The International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE) is an association of postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and other professionals at early stages of their careers, working in the fields of offshore wind, wave, tidal and ocean thermal energy conversion. We call ourselves INOREans. INORE’s organization, administration, fundraising, etc. is done through the voluntary hard-work of dedicated INOREans elected by their peers to the steering committee.
INORE was founded by a small group of researchers in 2006 in order to solve problems through interdisciplinary collaboration. Today, INORE has more than 1000 members from over 70 countries, representing a network that spans a multitude of research fields, including technological, social, economic and environmental aspects. We carry the torch of our founders in our official mission: “the advancement of education and the proliferation of public knowledge in relation to Offshore Renewable Energy.”
The INORE Symposium is truly the heart of INORE. It is where it all started and it is the event that makes INORE what it is today – an organization successfully implementing its mission and beloved by its members. The Symposium is a free, action-packed, week-long, intimate, and informal conference of about 60-70 early-stage researchers. In many ways, it’s like a typical conference: presentations, poster sessions, tutorials, and keynote speakers. But we also have activities geared towards building the bonds of collaboration.
Collaborative tasks are mini group projects that participants work on over the course of the week and report on at its end. They are often designed with the help of one of INORE’s partners, such as companies, research institutes or government agencies and address real-world problems, providing a context for research and a broader understanding.
Social and recreational group activities are also one of our keys to quickly forming close working relationships. At the 2013 Symposium in Wales, canoeing, kayaking, raft-building, or coasteering were on offer. I chose coasteering without really knowing what was. (It’s like mountaineering or canyoneering, but on the coast.) With people that I had known for a day, I shared a lot of laughs, shivers, and a few screams; all of which really accelerated the “getting-to-know-you” process.
INORE is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers. INORE was created as a network to support early-stage researchers of offshore renewable energy within an international context. With over 1200 members from over 75 countries around the world, INORE aims to facilitate networking and knowledge transfer between young researchers. The organisation currently focuses on four main fields of knowledge: wave, tidal, offshore wind and OTEC.
“INORE’s mission is to bring together early-stage researchers (INOREans) from around the world and with a variety of backgrounds to share what they know, and learn from others working in offshore renewable energy. We do this by running activities that are for INOREans, designed by INOREAns, in a fun, welcoming and casual environment where your peers become your friends.”
In order to achieve its mission, INORE brings together an international and multi-disciplinary group of young researchers who are passionate about developing offshore renewable energy, booking the knowledge of early-stage researchers by helping them to meet and collaborate, independent of their experience, discipline or nationality.
INORE also proactively links early-stage researchers with relevant stakeholders (e.g. academia, supply chain, developers, etc.) in the field of Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) in order to extend links between parties to ensure a greater knowledge sharing community.
INORE’s vision is a world where INOREans have helped to shape ORE into the global energy mix, and where we continue to unite INOREans and inspire and empower them to do great research and follow their career dreams.
We are supported by our generous sponsors who share our vision to advance education and spread public knowledge of offshore renewable energy.
It all started in Norway…
INORE was founded in 2006, in Norway, by a group of PhD students from different European countries. Its initial purpose was to provide a forum on which young professionals and researchers working in the field of offshore renewable energy could gather and openly exchange their knowledge, experiences and ideas.
The idea of creating a network for young researchers who worked on offshore renewable energy was born in the “PhD Pool on Offshore Renewable Energy” existing of one Post Doc and three PhD students associated to the Norwegian Centre For Renewable Energy and financed by the Research Council of Norway.
The intention with the PhD Pool was to let researchers from different fields work together in order to create solutions which are difficult to achieve without the touch of interdisciplinary thinking. The PhD pool soon realised that the need for a bigger community to enable the discussions needed to obtain this goal. Inspired by the blooming industry and lack of real cooperation across country boarders the work to establish an interdisciplinary and international network was started.
One of the key ideas was to establish a truly international network. To ensure the international spirit an interim committee meeting with participants from four different countries was held near Trondheim 15-17th of April 2007. The meeting was attended by the three initiators from Norway and three new committee members who were selected after applications.
The objectives of the meeting were to establish targets, strategies and visions for the network. New committee members from three different countries with different background and knowledge were invited in order to make the network truly international from inception and to assure commitment in several countries from inception.
Eight years on, INORE has over 1,200 members from 75 countries of which more than 530 are
Associate members, known as INOREans. To achieve its objectives, INORE has been able to position itself thanks to a series of knowledge-sharing tools such as symposia, workshops, technological challenges, scholarships and via its own web page.
The picture above shows the interim steering committee on a site visit at the island Frøya outside Trondheim, Norway (names according to position in the picture); Nicolai Løvdal, Jørgen Hals and Marta Molinas from Norway and , Helen Bailey from UK, Miguel Lopes from Portugal and Cristina Huertas-Olivares from Spain.
We’re all about the knowledge transfer and generally promoting collaborative research for the betterment of offshore renewables, and we’re run by volunteers which is pretty cool. Learn about our governance in the document below.
In February 2014 we decided to move our headquarters to UK (Plymouth) and approved a constitution, giving to INORE a formal status which we didn’t got before. Then, in February 2015 we became incorporated as a Limited by Guarantee Company with limited objects (i.e., A non-for-profit company which main aim is to became a charity in the mid-term).
There is no real network without activities and communication. INORE creates opportunities for informal arenas to better see the possibilities and challenges that lie ahead through discussion, evaluation and dissemination.
Thus, through cross-pollination, early stage researchers and their research contribution becomes greater than the sum of their parts. INORE operate on three time-scales:
Continuously – www.inore.org (All the time – 24/7/365)
On this website every early stage researcher working on issues related to offshore renewable energy may register to become a member – an INOREan. This website is our primary communication tool. The website is fully driven by the members who all have the opportunity to add news, events, jobs, update their profile, contribute on the forums, upload documents to the library and pics to the galleries. INORE want to communicate with the world at large, therefore anybody can register as user of the INORE website. Registered users may receive news, discuss on the forum, comment on news and update their profile. Ph.D’s can become INOREans with extended privileges.
Technology Challenges (1-2 times/year – 1 day)
When possible INORE runs Technology Breakthrough Challenges. For example, in June 2011, 25 international young researchers participated in the floating wind turbine challenge, organized with the help of the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN. At this event, seven teams developed a floating structure for a 1/100 scale wind turbine in only 24 hours, which were then tested in MARIN’s Shallow Water Basin.
Annually – Symposium (1 time/year – 3-4 days)
INORE’s main arena is the annual symposium. The INORE Symposium is an international event for early stage researchers to discuss their work and learn through each other’s experience. This event helps the launch of future sustainable collaborative research between the different participants. The Symposium is not only an academic arena. In order to facilitate networking and learning, the symposium also includes social activities and inspiring sessions with keynote speakers Industry leaders, leading researchers or government representatives.
Frequently – Workshops (1-2 times/year – 1 day)
Our workshops are typically held in connection to an established conference with relevance for either offshore wind, wave or tidal energy. These arrangements are open for all young people (early stage in your career) as long as you are, or are about to, work on issues related to offshore renewable energy. The workshop normally consists of a discussion between key note panellists (experts from the field) and young researchers. This arena also facilitates the networking between senior experts in the field and young professionals. This is the arena where prospective research candidates can meet other young researchers to get a feeling of how (good) the life of a researcher could be. This is also the arena where young people from the industry can join and build a network with early stage researchers. For instance, at the 2013 European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in Aalborg, Denmark over 100 early stage researchers attended the INORE workshop, which consisted of an expert panel session, group discussions, and concluded with an evening of fun, food and drinks at a local restaurant.
Frequently – Workshops (1-2 times/year – 1 day)
Our workshops are typically held in connection to an established conference with relevance for either offshore wind, wave or tidal energy. These arrangements are open for all young people (early stage in your career) as long as you are, or are about to, work on issues related to offshore renewable energy. The workshop normally consists of a discussion between key note panellists (experts from the field) and young researchers. This arena also facilitates the networking between senior experts in the field and young professionals. This is the arena where prospective research candidates can meet other young researchers to get a feeling of how (good) the life of a researcher could be. This is also the arena where young people from the industry can join and build a network with early stage researchers.