Welcome to Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium (OBMS), a unique event for the battery community. OBMS brings together mathematicians, chemists, physicists and engineers from academia and industry to discuss the latest modelling research and applications. Our philosophy is to invite a small number of outstanding speakers spanning a range of topics from atomistic to continuum modelling, controls and beyond, giving broad and inspiring presentations and open discussions. Our first event in 2019 was attended by 170 people with leading experts including John Newman speaking; our subsequent events were held online during lockdown periods but continued to be wildly popular. We are delighted to invite you back to join us for Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium 2024, which will return as an in-person meeting hosted at the Mathematical Institute in Oxford. Details of our exciting programme of speakers is being updated below. The event will also include a poster session and a wonderful dinner at Lady Margaret Hall.

Who Should Attend?

Senior researchers, early career researchers and PhD students, in academia, research institutes, and industry, in the UK and internationally

When and where?

15th and 16th April 2024, Mathematical Institute, Oxford, England, OX2 6GG.


Please contact clementine.hadfield@oerc.ox.ac.uk for general queries about the conference, or events@eng.ox.ac.uk for registration related queries

OBMS 2024 Speakers

Mark Verbrugge began his career at General Motors Research Labs in 1986 after earning his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley. He later received an MBA from MIT as a Sloan Fellow. At GM, Mark held various leadership roles in advanced technology and research of materials, processes, energy storage, and manufacturing. He has published and patented work in electrochemistry, batteries, fuel cells, sensors, coatings, and semiconductors. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and member of the National Academy of Engineering. After retiring from GM in 2023, he advises battery companies.

Gregory Plett received a B.Eng. in computer systems-engineering from Carleton University (1990), M.S.E.E. (1992) and Ph.D. (1998) in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He joined the University of Colorado (UCCS) in 1998, and is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Plett has taught courses at Stanford University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and UCCS; has published in Wiley, Elsevier, IEEE, and the Electrochemical Society (and in conferences) and is a senior member of the IEEE. His research is focused on research in control systems as applied to the management and control of high-capacity battery systems, such as found in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Katsuyo Thornton is the L.H. and E.F. Van Vlack Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on computational studies of the evolution of microstructures and compositions during synthesis, processing, and application of materials such those for batteries and fuel cells. She is a Fellow of ASM and is a recipient of a number of awards, including the TMS Julia and Johannes Weertman Educator Award and the TMS Brimacombe Medal. She is also the founder of the Summer School for Integrated Computational Materials Education, which was established in 2011 and continues to date.

Adam Z. Weber received his PhD from UC Berkeley in Chemical Engineering under John Newman, and is a Senior Scientist and Leader of the Energy-Conversion Group at LBNL, co-Director of the DOE funded Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck Consortium and Chief Technology Officer of the Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy Systems (ARCHES). His current research and activities involve understanding and optimizing fuel-cell and electrolyzer performance and lifetime using advanced modeling and diagnostics, understanding flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage, and analysis of solar-fuel generators and CO2 reduction to value added products. He is a fellow of the Electrochemical Society.

Anja Bielefeld leads a junior research group at the Center for Materials Research at Justus-Liebig University Giessen (JLU), Germany. Her group works on experimental and application-oriented modeling of electrochemical systems, trying to bridge the gap between theoretical and experimental aspects. A particular emphasis is put on microstructure effects in solid-state batteries. Anja has a background in physics from TU Braunschweig, and spent part of her master’s studies at the University of Oslo. She completed her Ph.D. at JLU specializing in solid-state battery composite cathodes and gained expertise in automotive battery research and concept development at Volkswagen AG.

Helge Stein specializes in developing experimental and computer-aided techniques to expedite the discovery and scaling-up of novel materials for catalysis and batteries. His approach uses robotic systems for data collection, algorithms and machine learning for planning and evaluation, and semantically searchable data management to establish a decentralized Material Acceleration Platform spanning material discovery to production. Stein pursued a physics degree at the University of Göttingen from 2008-2013 before earning his doctorate summa cum laude in mechanical engineering focusing on high-throughput methods at the Ruhr University Bochum in 2017. He subsequently conducted research at Caltech until accepting a tenure track professorship in applied electrochemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2020. In 2023, he was appointed Digital Catalysis Professor at TUM.

Wolfgang Bessler received his diploma in chemistry (2000) and a PhD degree in physical chemistry (2003) from Heidelberg University, Germany. Since 2012 he is full professor at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, where he is director of the Institute of Sustainable Energy Systems. Research stays led him to Stanford University, Caltech, CEA Grenoble, and the University of Hawaii. Wolfgang’s research activities focus on the simulation of lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells using multiphysics models, including chemical degradation mechanisms. More recently he has been working on physics-informed equivalent circuit models for state of health diagnosis and prediction, and neural equivalent circuit models.

Edwin Knobbe coordinates electrochemical simulation technical activity within BMWs Battery Cell Competence Centre, including managing a publicly funded project assessing batteries during thermal events. The BCCC provides infrastructure to research all aspects of battery cells, from materials to target formats, enabling BMW to work with suppliers as an equal partner. Knobbe studied aerospace engineering and received his PhD in thermodynamics from Delft University. He worked on diesel aftertreatment and petrol injection systems before joining BMW in 2013, where he transitioned from internal combustion to batteries, spearheading battery management systems and cell simulations.

Venue and accommodation

The Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium will be held in the heart of Oxford at the Mathematical Institute. Presentations will be held in Andrew Wiles Building on the site of the old Radcliffe Infirmary, with dinner being hosted in the historic setting of Lady Margaret Hall.

Map and directions to the Mathematical Institute

The Mathematical Institute is situated in Oxford city centre and is a 20 minute walk from Oxford's train station where regular trains run to London Marylebone station or Paddington station, both of which are just a few stops by London Underground to St. Pancras station, where Eurostar train connections are available to France, Belgium and beyond. If you are driving to Oxford, parking in the centre is very constrained and we recommend instead parking at one of the local Park and Ride facilities from which regular buses into the centre of town are available. The easiest airport for access to Oxford is London Heathrow and there is a regular bus service that runs between Heathrow and Oxford (terminal 5 is particularly convenient for this). There are also regular direct trains to Oxford from Birmingham Airport, the journey takes about 60 minutes.

There are a number of hotels in close proximity to the venue, including but not limited to: Cotswold Lodge Hotel, Malmaison, Vanbrugh House, Tower House, The Buttery. You can also book rooms in other Oxford Colleges via Conference Oxford - Green Templeton, St Anne’s, St Anthony’s, Kellogg, Somerville, Regent’s Park and St John’s are all within close proximity of OBMS24. We strongly recommend booking accommodation well in advance as Oxford gets very booked up in the spring.

Registration and Abstract Submission


Registration is now open, please use this link or the SIGN ME UP! button at the top of the page to register. Registration includes: the two-day workshop, keynote lecture, welcome drinks reception and poster session, lunch and refreshment on both days, participant pack, certificate of attendance. There is a charge of £20 to attend the Symposium Dinner, this can be added on at the time of registration.

Early Bird Rate: Standard registration £310; Student registration £210
After 31st January: Standard registration £360; Student registration £260


If you wish to submit a poster abstract for consideration by the OBMS committee, please visit this Google form, which includes full details of the required process. You will need to login with a Google account (if this is prohibitive let us know). The deadline for poster abstract submissions is 5pm GMT on Tuesday 12th March 2024. We will then make decisions quickly and inform people about whether their poster is accepted by Tuesday 19th March (earlier if possible). Please do not deviate from or change the template, if you do we will send your abstract back to you. You may include figures as long as the total length remains one page.

Payment Options

If you would like a quote to start the process, please contact us at events@eng.ox.ac.uk.

Symposium Dinner

The Symposium Dinner will take place on the evening of 15th April 2024, and includes a 3 course meal and wine in Lady Margaret Hall's old dining hall.

PyBaMM Developer Training

Staying in Oxford until 17th April? A separate but relevant event may be of interest.
Are you already a PyBaMM user, but want to learn more about how PyBAMM works, under the hood? Register here for the PyBaMM Developer Training workshop on 17 April 2024, hosted by the University of Oxford Mathematical Institute and supported by Elysia and Ionworks.

Symposium Organisers

David Howey
Charles Monroe
Colin Please
Jon Chapman

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Code of Conduct

We value the participation of everyone and want all participants to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all participants are expected to show respect and courtesy to other participants throughout the workshop and through all communication channels, including but not limited to OBMS Slack channel and Zoom. To make clear what is expected, all participants, speakers, exhibitors, organisers and volunteers at OBMS are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event.

The Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium is dedicated to providing a harassment-free workshop experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of workshop participants in any form. * All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. * Be kind to others. * Do not insult or put down other attendees. * Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and exclusionary jokes are not appropriate at the Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium. Do not send any unprofessional messages to other participants, including but not limited to private messages in Slack and Zoom. * Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the symposium at the sole discretion of the organisers. * Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

* Harassment includes offensive communication related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. * Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. * Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that words can be offensive to those around you. Offensive jokes are not acceptable at the Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium. Excessive swearing is not appropriate at OBMS. * If a participant engages in behaviour that violates this code of conduct, the organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the symposium. * Filming/recording of the Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium and sharing or any recordings is strictly prohibited.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Code of Conduct Committee via: events@eng.ox.ac.uk

Terms and Conditions

On occasion, unforseen circumstanes may require us to cancel an event. In such circumstances we will give as much notice as possible and endeavour to oganise another event date or refund any fees paid, but no compensation will be paid for any additional costs you may have incurred.

The following refund policy is applicable for OBMS: Where notice of cancellation is received, we will refund a proportation of the conference fee. The non-refundable portion of the fee is £100 per person and cannot be reimbursed. Note: the periods reference the day on which we receive your written/emailed notification of cancellation.

More than 14 workings days before the start date - 100% of the refundable portion.
Less than 14 working days before the start date - 0% of the refundable portion.
The refund policy above applies to the registration fee.