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PiP is a 2 month work placement project on low carbon innovations to propogate the transition to a low carbon society. Initial results from 2013 are revealing a hot bed of innovation by the Pioneers across all 6 regions, including the pilot expansion into the Netherlands. At the half-way point, we have already surpassed the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set to cover the entire course, such is the calibre and quality of both Pioneers and host organisations. This demonstrates the diligence shown by the regional coordinators in matching the skill set of the Pioneer to the hosts needs, enabling a cross polination of ideas to flourish. The guiding philosophy of the programme is to position pionners outside of their usual structure of operation so that they can learn and adapt, developing unique approaches and bringing new impetus to the challenges faced by the hosts. PiP aims to create a community which combines interdisciplinary and technical knowledge with management ability, through experiential work based learning, promoting the mobility of professionals between research and education, trade and the public sector.