Charlotte Adams is an Assistant Professor at Durham University. She trained as a hydrogeologist and for her PhD she specialised in the treatment of mine drainage. Charlotte subsequently worked for five years in the renewable energy industry and has undertaken multidisciplinary academic research on sustainable energy and water systems since joining Durham University in 2009. Charlotte manages the BritGeothermal research partnership and is currently leading work at Durham on the potential of abandoned mines to provide energy storage and a low carbon source of heat and cooling for the UK. She is also a Fellow of the Durham Energy Institute and a member of the University’s Carbon Management Team. In 2018 Charlotte was awarded the Aberconway Medal from the Geological Society to recognise distinction in the practice of geology with special reference to work with industry.