Join us for a SUN RUN

Dr Alison Ciesla

Alison is a Scientia Researcher at the University of New South Wales and a recipient of the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellowship 2023. Her research interests are focused on understanding defects and hydrogenation in silicon solar wafers and cells, as well as module reliability especially for new technologies and/or applications. Most of Alison’s “spare time” is taken up by her very energetic toddler; together they love to go for runs (with the pram) to visit local parks or beaches.

About the PVSEC-31 Sun Run

Unfortunately, thanks to a global pandemic, Australia is even more isolated from the world than normal and so we will not be able to all join in person for a Sun Run. BUT, we can still all take part in a virtual/hybrid fun run! Here is your chance to either go hard and compete to win, or join in at any pace to feel part of the PV community while doing something great for your health. I (Alison, your race coordinator) will be in the latter group, walking 7 months pregnant, so no excuses, it’s open to all and free to join in! 🙂 

For those joining from afar:

Please run and record your time for a 5 km course in your location during the week Thurs Dec 9th – Wed Dec 15th, 2021.

Then, send to the race coordinator (, your:

  • time (minutes:seconds – ideally a screenshot from a run tracking app such as Strava)
  • age
  • sex
  • contact information (name, address, email) 
  • photo of you before, during or after your run; optional but preferred so that we can post to show your contribution to the event and get to know the PVSEC Sun Run community 

The subject of the email should be: MY PVSEC-31 SUN RUN RESULT. 

We will then record and publish the results on the PVSEC-31 website, and notable achievements will be announced in the final session of the conference. 

For those who will join in-person:

Wednesday the 15th December, 2021
7:15 am meet at the Coogee Rainbow Walkway for warm up
7:30 am start
We will do a nice (somewhat hilly) 5km coastal loop run from Coogee Beach and end with an optional dip in the ocean.

The planned route is shown in the following map:

Getting there:

Public transport, from:

  • UNSW: Bus 370 at 6:51am from Gate 2, High St
  • City: Bus 374 at 6:41am from Central Station Eddy Avenue Stand C

Driving: there is metered parking with entrances on dolphin St on both the east and west sides of Arden St.

Happy Running!

– Alison Ciesla 

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