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Influence and the role of the expert

When Apr 25, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building
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Speaker: Professor Susan Owens (Dept. of Geography, University Cambridge)

The speaker will present for 30 minutes, the Respondent will give a short response from a different discipline, followed by a Question & Answers session with the audience members. 

A sandwich lunch is provided from 12-12.30pm in the Atrium of the Alison Richard Building before the seminar begins. 
Open to all. No registration required.

Part of the In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy Research Group Seminar Series

The In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy research group focuses on energy policy from an interdisciplinary perspective. What constitutes a ‘good’ policy is conditioned not only by technology and financial factors but also by social norms and values, institutions, geopolitics, public trust and history.

The seminar series explores energy policy themes from different disciplinary perspectives - economics, history, philosophy, theology, politics, law, anthropology, psychology, engineering - with the aim of identifying principles and processes for ‘good’ energy policy making.

Click here for the full Seminar Series audios and separate Speaker Interview videos.

For further information about the activities of the In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy Grand Challenge, contact: Isabelle.deWouters@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

 

Plasmonics for Sustainability: harvesting light energy for new solar applications

When Apr 28, 2017
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Chemistry Department, Wolfson Lecture Theatre
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2017 Lord Lewis Lectures

Speaker: Professor Naomi J. Halas

Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy Director, Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice University

http://halas.rice.edu/halas-bio

The lecture will be followed by a Drinks Reception.

The intense research activity of the past two decades focused on the collective electronic oscillations in high-electron-density media, known as surface plasmons, has led to multiple breakthroughs in fields ranging from chemical sensing and catalysis, to active optical devices, solar light harvesting, even nanomedicine. For many of these applications, the original focus on noble metals may ultimately limit their transition from the research laboratory to widely used commercial technologies. We will describe several research directions that, as they point towards more sustainable materials, open up new research opportunities. Aluminum, the most abundant metal on earth, opens the door to new colorimetric sensing applications and opportunities for active devices[1-4]. Graphene in its smallest form, that of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecules, can support intense, optical frequency plasmon oscillations with the addition or removal of a single electron from the neutral molecule. In applications that directly address sustainability, we will discuss how plasmonic nanoparticles can be used to generate steam using nanoparticles and sunlight without heating the fluid volume. This effect can be used for a wide range of direct solar processes and applications, such as the solar distillation of liquids and of liquid mixtures [5-9], the green production of bioethanol from cellulosic feedstock, and a direct solar-driven approach to membrane distillation suitable for off-grid, remote site applications.

1. J. Olson et al., PNAS 111 , 14348-14353 (2014). 2. N. King et al., ACS Nano 8, 834-840 (2014). 3. M. McClain et al., Nano Letters 15, 2751–2755 (2015). 4. N. S. King et al., ACS Nano 9, 10628-10636 (2015). 5. O. Neumann et al., ACS Nano 7, 42-49 (2013). 6. N. Hogan et al., Nano Letters 14, 4640-4645 (2014). 7. O. Neumann et al., Nano Letters 15, 7880-5 (2015). 8. O. Neumann et al., ACS Energy Letters 2, 8-13 (2017). 9. P. Dongare et al., PNAS , submitted.

 

 

Grid-Scale Electrical Energy Storage: A Social Cost-Benefit Analysis

When May 02, 2017
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where KH107, Keynes House, Judge Business School.
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Speaker: Arjan Sidhu (Johns Hopkins University, visiting EPRG)

This talk is part of the EPRG E&E and GEP Seminars Series.

Public Policy Seminar: Cycles of Invention and Discovery with Venkatesh Narayayanmurti

When May 05, 2017
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Contact Name Dr Charlotte Sausman
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Speakers: Venkatesh Narayayanmurti (Harvard) and Tolu Odumosu (University of Virginia).

Venkatesh (Venky) Narayanamurti is the Benjamin Peirce Research Professor of Technology and Public Policy at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). From 2009 to 2015, he served as the Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the HKS.  He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University and has an Honorary Doctorate from Tohoku University.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the IEEE, and the Indian Academy of Sciences.  He has served on numerous advisory boards of the federal government, research universities and industry including service as the Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Engineering from 2011 to 2015.  He is the author of more than 240 papers in different areas of condensed matter, applied physics and science and technology policy. He lectures widely on solid state, computer, and communication technologies, energy technology innovation, and on the management of science, technology and research universities.

 

 

 

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The role of law in energy transitions: lessons from community renewables

When May 09, 2017
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building
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Speaker: Dr Annalisa Savaresi (University of Stirling)

The speaker will present for 30 minutes, the Respondent will give a short response from a different discipline, followed by a Question & Answers session with the audience members. 

A sandwich lunch is provided from 12-12.30pm in the Atrium of the Alison Richard Building before the seminar begins. 
Open to all. No registration required.

Part of the In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy Research Group Seminar Series

The In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy research group focuses on energy policy from an interdisciplinary perspective. What constitutes a ‘good’ policy is conditioned not only by technology and financial factors but also by social norms and values, institutions, geopolitics, public trust and history.

The seminar series explores energy policy themes from different disciplinary perspectives - economics, history, philosophy, theology, politics, law, anthropology, psychology, engineering - with the aim of identifying principles and processes for ‘good’ energy policy making.

Click here for the full Seminar Series audios and separate Speaker Interview videos.

For further information about the activities of the In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy Grand Challenge, contact: Isabelle.deWouters@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

 

What Will It Take Scientifically to Make 2 Degrees Happen in a Time of Brexit and Trump?

When May 10, 2017
from 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM
Where Room GR04 Faculty of English, Sidgwick Site, West Road, Cambridge
Contact Name Dr Laura Anadon
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Speaker: Prof. Daniel M. Kammen
Professor of Energy, Energy and Resources Group; Goldman School of Public Policy; Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California Berkeley, Science Envoy, US State Department


Hosted by Dr Laura Diaz Anadon, Public Policy SRI and Energy@Cambridge

Energy generation and storage systems

When May 18, 2017
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Lecture Theatre 0, Engineering Dept, Trumpington Street
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Speaker: Oliver Burstall, CTO / COO, Origami Energy 

Oliver Burstall will talk about Origami Energy and its objective of developing the technology and financial mechanisms (i.e. the marketplace) that are required to connect, control and actively manage a large network of existing energy generating, energy using, energy storing assets connected to the electricity grid. By increasing the utilisation of existing assets new revenue streams can be generated, the marginal capacity of the network increased, security of supply improved and carbon emissions lowered by reducing the need for “dirty” peaking generation plants and enabling more renewables to be connected to the grid.

This talk is part of the IET Cambridge Network - Lectures series.

 

 

Evaluation of US energy programme on clean energy startups

When May 23, 2017
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building
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Speaker: Dr Laura Diaz Anadon (POLIS, University of Cambridge)

The speaker will present for 30 minutes, the Respondent will give a short response from a different discipline, followed by a Question & Answers session with the audience members. 

A sandwich lunch is provided from 12-12.30pm in the Atrium of the Alison Richard Building before the seminar begins. 
Open to all. No registration required.

Part of the In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy Research Group Seminar Series

The In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy research group focuses on energy policy from an interdisciplinary perspective. What constitutes a ‘good’ policy is conditioned not only by technology and financial factors but also by social norms and values, institutions, geopolitics, public trust and history.

The seminar series explores energy policy themes from different disciplinary perspectives - economics, history, philosophy, theology, politics, law, anthropology, psychology, engineering - with the aim of identifying principles and processes for ‘good’ energy policy making.

Click here for the full Seminar Series audios and separate Speaker Interview videos.

For further information about the activities of the In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy Grand Challenge, contact: Isabelle.deWouters@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

 

The Henry Royce Institute: International workshop on machine learning and data analytics in advanced metals processing

When May 22, 2017 10:00 AM to
May 23, 2017 05:00 PM
Where School of Materials (MSS Tower), University of Manchester, UK
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Dates and Times:
22 May 2017: 10:00 – 17:30
23 May 2017: 08:30-17:00

The Henry Royce Institute workshop will bring together experts in computational materials design, machine learning and high-performance computing with those in metallurgy and materials characterisation to consider the particular challenges in exploiting modern computational methods in designing new metallic materials and to explore opportunities and exchange ideas for major collaborative projects.

Key dates
Registration deadline: 14 April 2017
Workshop: 22-23 May 2017.

Click here for the background to the Henry Royce for Advanced Materials.

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Defining “Good” in “Good Energy Policy”: Insights from Theologies and Religions

When Jun 06, 2017
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building
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Speaker: Dr Jonathan Chaplin (Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics)

The speaker will present for 30 minutes, the Respondent will give a short response from a different discipline, followed by a Question & Answers session with the audience members. 

A sandwich lunch is provided from 12-12.30pm in the Atrium of the Alison Richard Building before the seminar begins. 
Open to all. No registration required.

Part of the In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy Research Group Seminar Series

The In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy research group focuses on energy policy from an interdisciplinary perspective. What constitutes a ‘good’ policy is conditioned not only by technology and financial factors but also by social norms and values, institutions, geopolitics, public trust and history.

The seminar series explores energy policy themes from different disciplinary perspectives - economics, history, philosophy, theology, politics, law, anthropology, psychology, engineering - with the aim of identifying principles and processes for ‘good’ energy policy making.

Click here for the full Seminar Series audios and separate Speaker Interview videos.

For further information about the activities of the In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy Grand Challenge, contact: Isabelle.deWouters@admin.cam.ac.uk

 

 

Advanced Electrochemical Techniques Masterclass

When Jun 21, 2017 09:00 AM to
Jun 22, 2017 05:00 PM
Where CREATE Tower , 1 Create Way , Singapore 138602
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The objective of the course is to provide advanced lectures, seminars and hands on experiments for scientists who use or wish to use electrochemical methods for their research or industrial applications. A strong emphasis of the course will be on using small group teaching methods, supported by Cambridge University academics, to train participants in the use of ‘state-of-the-art’ electrochemical techniques.

Key advanced skills training 

The Masterclass will cover the key principles and governing processes that can control analysis and sensing electrochemically. The programme will structured with 3 keynote lectures each morning session and will include:

  • Introduction to the fundamentals of electrochemistry and the key concepts around analysis
  • Advanced electrochemical analysis, including ISEs and voltammetric techniques
  • Advanced fabrication for electrochemical reactor and sensor design.

The afternoon sessions will allow delegates to gain first hand experience in operating the latest electrochemical analysis equipment and software. Working in small groups, the delegates with the help of an experienced demonstrator, will carry out experimental measurements to support and enhance the material covered within the morning lectures. Once the practical components are complete an optional evening lecture will be offered to delegates focused on the influence of biological films on electrode processes.

Programme details: (places are strictly limited)
Date:      21 - 22 June 2017
Time:      9:30-18:00 (both days)
Venue:    CREATE Tower , 1 Create Way , Singapore 138602
Fee:        SGD$850 (subject to prevailing taxes)

For further details please contact acf42@cam.ac.uk and/or download the programme flyer here

 

 

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The Past Present and Future of Energy Modelling

When Jul 03, 2017 09:00 AM to
Jul 04, 2017 05:00 PM
Where M by Moncalm, 151-157 City Road, London EC1V 1JH
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Please save the date for an innovative 4th annual conference with keynote speaker John Loughhead Chief Scientific Adviser at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Themes

  • The past, retrospective analysis: a look back at over a decade of energy decarbonisation modelling, funded by RCUK and other bodies’ research investments, and impacting successive UK policy positions. 
  • The present, current analysis: a set of presentations on state-of-the-art on the implementation of the energy trilemma (decarbonisation, security, equity).
  • The future, new approaches: innovative sessions including focus groups and discussion sessions on developing and communicating the new insights in terms of technology, society, infrastructures and resources  needed by decision makers to achieve the energy systems transition challenge over the next decades.


Audience

100-120 attendees consisting of UK and international participants. Previous conferences have been attended by a diverse mix of experts from government, think-tanks, consultancy, academia, industry and consumers of model outputs. 

The wholeSEM conference has established itself as a major UK and international event and we attract a very high calibre of attendees from many major modelling teams.

The conferences are a chance to bring the modelling community together and showcase some of the excellent work that has been done over the year. 

PhD Students

PhD students are also invited participate in a poster competition and deliver insights from their work. If you are a PhD student doing research into energy models please find more information and how to apply to present at the conference.

If you would be interesting in attending the innovative 4th annual conference please subscribe to our mailing list for conference news and information about how to register.

 

 

 

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