Addressing climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing the world today, and many countries including the UK have pledged to achieve net zero emissions by decarbonisation processes. ‘Research Journeys in/to Net Zero: Current and Future Research Leaders in the Midlands, UK’ (on Friday 24th June 2022 at De Montfort University) aims to share current and future UK research leaders’ journeys in/to net zero. The invited speakers from the Midlands universities will present their research in/to net zero as well as autobiographic descriptions and reflections on their personal journey (e.g. how they started their PhD research, how their research has developed and evolved over time, and how they envisage their future research direction would be). The conference is jointly organised by De Montfort University (DMU) and Loughborough University, and supported by the DMU Vice-Chancellor’s Future Research Leaders Programme development fund and AHRC-funded International Upcycling Research Network. The main benefits of attending this conference are to: first, gain understanding of net zero research horizon in the UK with varied research avenues from diverse disciplinary backgrounds such as science, engineering, technology, social science, policy, design, architecture, built environment, business, and management; and second, be inspired by different academic/professional pathways and personal journeys of the UK’s current and future research leaders working on net zero. We especially welcome undergraduate, master, and PhD students.