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Promoting green growth: a guaranteed route to recovery or a route to value destruction?

When Sep 21, 2020
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
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Speaker: Professor Michael Pollitt

Theme: Social sciences

 

There is much talk about how green investments could be a way to promote a post-COVID-19 economic recovery at the same time as achieving our climate policy goals. Professor Pollitt will explore exactly what the evidence is that green investments actually promote economic productivity and growth, and what the potential consequences of skewing the recovery towards green investments might be.

 

Michael Pollitt is Professor of Business Economics at the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is an Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) and a joint academic director of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). Michael is a Fellow in Economics and Management at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Michael was an external economic advisor to Ofgem from 2007 to 2011. He has published 12 books and over 90 refereed journal articles on efficiency analysis, energy policy and business ethics. He is currently a Vice President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).

 

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The science behind sash windows

When Sep 21, 2020
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
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Speaker: Dr Megan Davies Wykes

Theme: Science and technology

Sash windows are a common sight in the UK and are often the only source of ventilation in our homes. These windows can be very effective sources of ventilation, if used correctly. In this talk I will explain the science behind sash windows and how to use them effectively.

 

Dr Davies Wykes is the Liz Acton Lecturer at the Department of Engineering and Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. Megan works on problems in environmental fluid mechanics, with applications ranging from building ventilation, air pollution, splash from vehicles, and mixing in the oceans. She was previously a Fulbright Scholar at New York University, where she studied microscale swimmers.

 

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Claire Barlow and Shaun Fitzgerald in conversation: greenhouse gas removal choices

When Sep 21, 2020
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
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Dr Claire Barlow
Dr Shaun Fitzgerald

Theme: Cambridge Zero, Science and technology

 

We have been polluting our planet with greenhouse gases for decades, and we need to a) stop continuing to put more gases into the atmosphere and b) undo the damage we have caused. It is like a bathtub filling with dirty water; we need to turn the taps off but we also need to drain it. Greenhouse gas removal hasn’t even started in earnest – we don’t even have a strategy for which options should be used.

We will have an ‘In Conversation’ session with Shaun Fitzgerald, who has recently joined the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge working with Sir David King, and Claire Barlow from the Engineering Department, bringing some manufacturing industry focus, to hear about the various options which have been devised thus far and the plans to compare their strengths and weaknesses. If we are to get serious with greenhouse gas removal, we need a strategy soon so that we can start scaling up the right options.

 

Dr Clair Barlow

Dr Claire Barlow is a materials engineer and is particularly interested in how we can reduce the environmental impact of the way we use materials. She works with manufacturing industry looking at the whole lifecycle of material production and product manufacture, with a particular interest in the end-of-life of products, their re-use and recycling. Claire has worked on a wide range of materials including paper, metals and natural materials, but the focus is now mainly on plastics. She is Senior Lecturer with the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in the Engineering Department and is a Fellow of Newnham College.

 

Dr Shaun Fitzgerald 

Dr Shaun Fitzgerald is a senior member of the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge. He has spent nearly all of his career on climate change issues, working at the interface of research, industry, policy and public engagement. His research has covered geothermal power production, energy-efficient building design, and now includes greenhouse gas removal technologies. He has been on the faculty at Stanford and Cambridge and had several years in management consulting. He then founded and ran a successful low energy ventilation business, leading it through multiple rounds of venture capital before selling the business to an established plc. He then took up the position as Director of the Royal Institution, before returning to Cambridge to join CCRC.

 

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Sustainability, circular economy and impact investment

When Sep 23, 2020
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
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Speaker: Professor Khaled Soufani

Theme: Cambridge Zero, Science and technology, Social sciences

 

Professor Khaled Soufani and The Cambridge Creative Circular Plastics Centre (CirPlas) discusses Sustainability, Circular Economy and Impact Investment.

 

Professor Khaled Soufani is Faculty (Professor level) in Management Practice, and a member of the Economics & Policy group at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also Director of the Executive MBA Programme, Director of the Circular Economy Centre (CEC) and Fellow of Clare Hall College. He holds a masters degree in Applied Economics and a PhD in Financial Economics.

Professor Soufani has published extensively in economics and finance in areas relating to financial management, corporate restructuring, M&A, private equity, venture capital and family business and the financial and economic affairs of small to medium-sized enterprises. His research also includes work on economic growth and innovation relating to the circular economy and fast-growing markets and economies.

His work is widely cited and included in policy reports by organisations such as the EU, OECD and the Institute of Directors. His work has also been cited and published by the World Economic Forum.

 

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Existential Risk: Future pandemics

When Sep 25, 2020
from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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Speaker: Professor Sir Martin Rees (University of Cambridge)

Three  trends enhance the probability of global catastrophes:

  1. the rising global population, more demanding of energy and resources, leads to novel anthropogenic pressures on the biosphere -- climate change, loss of biodiversity, etc .
  2. the greater interconnectedness of our civilisation allows pandemics to rapidly cascade globally, and enhances our vulnerability to breakdown in supply chains, financial networks, etc .  
  3. novel technologies -- bio, cyber and AI -- empower small groups with the ability (via error or terror) to cause massive (even global) disruption.

Coping with this threat presents a challenge to governance: it will become ever harder to sustain the three goals of offering all citizens privacy, security and freedom.

 

 

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What really makes a difference? The role of resource efficiency in mitigating climate change

When Sep 26, 2020
from 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
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Speaker: Dr Jonathan Cullen

Theme: Cambridge Zero, Science and technology

 

Resources is the name given to the energy and materials extracted from nature to satisfy the demands of modern society. By mapping resource flows, we can understand how efficient we are at transforming resources into useful things and identify what actions really make a difference for mitigating climate change.

 

Dr Jonathan Cullen, leads the Resource Efficiency Collective in the Engineering Department, and has a reputation for top-down studies of resource data, brings skills in developing new metrics to reflect both energy and material consequences of materials production. He has led a number of research projects with strong links to industry, including C-THRU: carbon clarity in the global petrochemical supply chain (US$4m, years). He is a Lead Author for the upcoming IPCC AR6 Industry Chapter, an Expert Adviser to the IEA TechnologyRoadmaps and co-authored the popular book Sustainable Materials: with both eyes open, which pioneered the concept of material efficiency for energy-intensive industries.

 

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope in conversation with Dr Emily Shuckburgh

When Sep 26, 2020
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
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Speakers:
Professor Stephen J Toope
Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Theme: Cambridge Zero

To conclude our series, Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope will lead a discussion with Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero, and esteemed guests on the critical choices we need to make to address the challenge of climate change and achieve a resilient and zero-carbon future.

From food and lifestyle to energy and nature, there are choices we need to make – as individuals, organisations and businesses – if we are to tackle climate change. Over the past week, Cambridge Zero and the Alumni Festival have brought together different voices and disciplines to discuss and debate these choices.

The Vice-Chancellor will build on these discussions to explore the role of the University, and how it can best support the transition to a zero carbon future through the breadth of its capabilities and the knowledge and talent of its members.

 

Professor Stephen J Toope

Professor Stephen J Toope is the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University. He was Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and President, the University of British Columbia. A former Dean of Law, McGill University, Professor Toope was also Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.

He publishes in global journals on human rights, international dispute resolution, international environmental law, the use of force, and international legal theory, and has lectured at universities around the world.

 

Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero at the University of Cambridge and Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology. She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy and a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey.

Dr Shuckburgh leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER). Until April 2019 she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group at British Antarctic Survey.

In the past she has worked at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT. She is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and co-chair of their Climate Science Communications Group. She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

 

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AI UK | Smart cities

When Sep 28, 2020
from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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The city is the future. By 2050, more than two-thirds of the planet’s 10 billion people will live in urban centres, according to the United Nations. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on some of the issues faced in the cities of today. So, we had better drag our cities into the 21st century, and fast. Will we be able to build truly safe and resilient systems for our citizens? How will we handle the explosion in urban data?

From smart cities to the use of deep learning to make sense of mobility data, we invite you to join us as we spotlight four fascinating pieces of research that will highlight the future of urban analytics.

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CAM-IES SEPTEMBER WEBINAR: ADVANCED MATERIALS FOR GAS SEPARATION

When Sep 30, 2020
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
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ADVANCED MATERIALS FOR GAS SEPARATIONS

Please register on Eventbrite to get the Zoom webinar link and password.

WEBINAR PROGRAMME

14:00 – 14:50 Prof. Christoph Muller, Professor of Energy Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich

https://mavt.ethz.ch/the-department/people/person-detail.MTY5NDEz.TGlzdC81NTMsLTY5MzYxOTMw.html

(30 minute talk, 20 minute questions)

14:50 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 15:30 Dr Camille Petit, Reader in Materials Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/camille.petit

(15 minute talk, 15 minute questions)

15:30 – 16:00 Dr Leila Moura, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast

https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/leila-moura

(15 minute talk, 15 minute questions)

Webinar Organiser: Dr Greg Mutch (greg.mutch@newcastle.ac.uk), Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, Materials, Concepts and Reaction Engineering Research Group, Newcastle University

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Emerging technologies: advancing sustainability

When Oct 01, 2020
from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
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Sustainable development means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the well-being of future generations. Engineers have a vital role in creating systems and solutions to address the climate crisis and support more sustainable use and management of natural resources.

The panel of four Royal Academy of Engineering Chairs in Emerging Technologies are developing emerging engineering technologies to tackle the grand sustainability challenges through engineering innovation. 

Presentations from the panel

  • Professor Richard Dinsdale, University of South Wales
  • Professor Judith Driscoll FREng, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Magda Titirici, Imperial College London
  • Professor Ian Metcalfe FREng, Newcastle University

 

This event is free of charge to attend but registration is required.

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Crop Science Centre Launch

When Oct 01, 2020
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
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Speakers:
Professor Giles Oldroyd FRS (Director, Crop Science Centre)
Dr Tina Barsby (CEO, NIAB)

 

The Crop Science Centre is a coalition of expertise between the University’s Department of Plant Sciences and NIAB, aligning their complementary strengths in a new, state-of-the-art facility. 

The Centre’s founding ethos is to enhance the sustainability, equity and resilience of global food production systems through the application of fundamental plant science research. It will address the most urgent problems society faces – providing a secure global food supply in the face of a changing climate. A commitment to delivery and impact underpins the Centre’s strategic focus: to bring transformative technologies to farmers across the world, improve the environment and ensure food security for millions of people.

 

Join us online on Thursday 1st of October (16:00 BST) to find out more about this new initiative.

 

Programme:

A virtual event (joining information will be provided closer to time)

16.00 (BST)  Welcome from Professor Stephen J Toope,Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

16.10 (BST)  Introduction and discussion chaired by Dr Rob Doubleday (CSaP).

How research and innovation can revolutionise agriculture, with Professor Giles Oldroyd (Director, Crop Science Centre), Dr Tina Barsby (CEO, NIAB) and Sir David Baulcombe (Royal Society Research Professor).

16.35 (BST) Q&A

16.45 BST  Close

 

 

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Online Webinar - Renewable Energy. How to Balance the Electric Grid

When Oct 22, 2020
from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
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Speaker: Professor Peter Tavner, Durham University

Prof Peter Tavner, former Head of Engineering at Durham University, describes how renewable electrical energy source variability can be balanced within the European electrical grid. He shows the changing impact of wind, solar and other renewable sources on the market and technical operation of the grid. In this context he explains the relative importance of generation diversity and the roles of grid control and of storage.

Peter Tavner is an Emeritus Professor of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University. He received an MA in Mechanical Sciences from Cambridge University, a PhD from Southampton University, studying electromagnetism and a DSc from Durham University. Following his PhD he worked for the UK Electricity Supply Industry. He then held senior research, development and technical positions in manufacturing industry including working as Group Technical Director of FKI Energy Technology, an international business manufacturing electrical machines, drives and wind turbines in the UK, Holland, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic.

After joining Durham University he became Principal Investigator of the Supergen Wind Consortium, http://www.supergen-wind.org.uk/ and Principal Investigator of the Sino-British Future Renewable Energy Network Systems (FRENS) Consortium, www.reliable-renewables.com/.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology.

Please make a booking at https://localevents.theiet.org/7d0c2d. Open to everyone. Access details will be emailed nearer the date of the event.

 

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Next generation solutions for electrical grid monitoring

When Dec 03, 2020
from 06:30 AM to 07:30 AM
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Speaker: Richard Prudence(42 Technology)

Merging social trends such as the widespread deployment of small-scale solar installations, the adoption of electric vehicles and changing patterns of power generation are putting immense pressure on the UKs electrical grid infrastructure. In order to invest efficiently and minimise consumer bills, the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) are in a race to upgrade, maintain and replace infrastructure as our demand for energy grows.

Under an Innovate UK grant, 42 Technology opened discussions with 5 DNOs to discover why smart metering of the grid is not being widely adopted. This revealed that the major factors came down to the cost of meters and long disruptions in service during installation. To overcome these problems 42 Technology designed and tested a novel retrofittable low cost secondary substation monitor called ‘FuseOhm’. FuseOhm is a fraction of the cost and takes a fraction of the time to install compared to existing solutions. This presentation will look at how 42 Technology built their FuseOhm substation monitor and walks through the steps they are taking to make the smart grid a reality.

Richard Prudence is an Electronics Engineer and one of the technical leads on the FuseOhm Project. 42 Technology is a Cambridge based technical consultancy focused on solving complex engineering problems and developing next generation products.

This webinar is open to everyone. Joining details will be emailed nearer to the date of the event.

Please make a booking at https://localevents.theiet.org/7d0c2d. Open to everyone. Access details will be emailed nearer the date of the event.

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