Lubica developed her passion for the geosciences while working with the British Geological Survey. She subsequently completed an MSc in Reservoir Evaluation and Management at Heriot Watt and wanted to continue studying in this area. She came across the IDCORE programme at the right time, viewing it as an opportunity to go deeper, building her field of expertise by applying her skills to offshore renewables. In this way she could produce research directly applicable to the industry.
In partnership with the Universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh, Lubica’s project focuses on the underground storage of hydrogen. The issue of how hydrogen behaves underground is key in this rapidly emerging global industry, which is being seen as a vital element of a net zero energy system.
Lubica has also become involved in delivering tutorials for MSc students at the University of Edinburgh, a role that she had not before considered but is deeply enjoying. In addition, she is deriving huge value from opportunities to engage the Faults and Fluid Flow research group at the University of Strathclyde, and the Geoenergy research group at the University of Edinburgh.
This multi-disciplinary Centre brings together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle current and future offshore renewable energy challenges. The strategic direction of the programme is guided by an Industrial Steering Board comprising representatives from professional bodies, employers and regulators. EngD students on the programme (called Research Engineers) undertake advanced training in technical skills and competencies as well as transferable skills such as project management, innovation management, and team working. Alongside this they undertake a challenging and original research project at PhD level.