CityNet Training Courses - Leicester Stop, 11-15 May 2009


The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) is an autonomous research department within De Montfort University. It currently employs 11 permanent academic staff, 17 research fellows, and 31 PhD students working on a broad range of research projects. The Institute has a portfolio of UK, EU and industry funded research with a total value in excess of £3m, including 8 on-going EPSRC research grants. Recent successes have been based on the multi-disciplinary perspective that the Institute can bring to the diverse area of Sustainable Urban Development. These have included membership of key UK research groupings, such as the Sustainable Urban Form consortium, the Comfort, Carbon and Control consortium, the Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events (CREW) consortium, the Measurement, Modelling, Mapping and Management (4M) consortium, and the Carbon Reduction in Buildings (CaRB) consortium. Members of the Institute are specialized in ventilation and building thermal performance, day-lighting, thermal comfort modelling, renewable energy systems, as well as social science, psychology and economics. It is the diversity of the research activities, the dedication of the staff and the culture of collaboration, earned the Institute an international reputation and the excellent results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The Fifth training course of the CityNet project will be organized by the IESD. The courses will focus on thermal comfort studies related to the built environment, and the optimization methods that can be used in building design and operation. Lectures will be given by international researchers in these two fields. The full list of lectures can be found in the Course Programme section.

The Institute has an established track record in thermal comfort studies. The IESD-Fiala model was originally developed in the Institute in the 90s. Over the years it has been undergone a series of expansion and enhancement. Undoubtedly it is now one of the most advanced and extensively validated human thermal regulatory models in existence. Our vision is to further develop the IESD-Fiala model in two main directions: to develop so called “individual” thermal comfort models; and to integrate the model with building simulation and CFD tools.

Another research front of the Institute is low energy building design, by the means of dynamic simulation and optimization. Our expertise on day-lighting, ventilation, building thermal performance, renewable energy systems, thermal comfort modelling is best integrated by using optimization technologies. Members of the Institute have completed adventurous research projects on automatic design synthesis and optimal control of the complete building system.

Course Programme

The final Programme of this meeting/training course can be found below. Briefly, the midterm assessment meeting will be held on the first two days (11, 12). Starting from the afternoon of 12 May to 15 May, 12 lectures and 1 technical tour have been planned. These lectures will be given by renowned researchers in the related fields of Thermal Comfort and Optimization. These lectures are open to everyone who would wish to attend.


  • List of partners and students to participate the event: List
  • List of invited lecturers to give a speak during the event: List


  • Mid-term Assessment Meeting (partners only), 11-12 May: Programme
  • Leicester Training Course on Thermal Comfort and Optimization (all welcome), 12-15 May: Programme PDF (102.91 KiB, 9 downloads)

Social Events

Campus Map

De Montfort University Campus map

Locations of the Holiday Inn Hotel and the Queens Building can be seen on the photo on the left side (click on the image, then the file name, for full resolution).

The Queens Building is very easy to find, because of its distinctive look - jagged roof with tall “chimneys” on top. Some introduction of the building can be found in this link. But, really, don't bother, because you will see it all very soon.

The Queens Building can be reached from the hotel by a very pleasant walk (even in the British weather). It should take no longer than 15 minutes, stopping and snapshot time inclusive. Our favourite walking paths are either through the Caste Park or by the river. Castle Park is Leicester's Old Town, an historic area of ancient walls and gateways, churches, fine old buildings, museums, gardens and riverside walks. However, please do try to stay away from these (dis-)attractions on your way in on the morning.

The Queens Building

Travel Information

Coming to Leicester



Eurostar operates form Paris and Brussels to the London St Pancras Station which is the same train station in London from where the trains to Leicester operate.

Flights and Airports Information

The closest airport to Leicester is the East Midland Airport, from which Taxi fare starts from £34. There are also regular bus services between the airport and Leicester City. Alternative airports include: Birmingham International, Luton, Stansted, London Heathrow, and London Gatwick. There are direct trains from Luton Airport and Stansted Airport to Leicester. From Birmingham or London airports, you will have to take a shuttle train or London underground to connect. Coach services are available at most airports. It is possible to pre-book coach or train tickets to get the cheapest fare. More information including maps and links is provided here.

Public transport in Leicester

Public transport in Leicester is certainly not the best in Europe, though it may be the most expensive. Luckily the hotels and the University are conveniently located close to the City Centre, therefore you can almost go everywhere on foot. If you have 2,3 people to share a taxi, it can be cheaper than taking bus. To call a taxi, ring +44 (0)116 262 8222, or +44 (0)116 255 5111. Typical fare from the train station to the Holiday Inn is about £6.


Rooms have been reserved in the Holiday Inn, Leicester for the participants. A list of alternative accommodations can be found here. For many of the hotels, online booking is available.


Should you need any assistance arranging your trip, please feel free to contact the Leicester Team:

  • Dr. Yi Zhang .
  • Mr. Ivan Korolija .
  • Dr. Ljiljana Marjanovic-Halburd .
  • Prof. Vic Hanby .