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Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre: Fukushima Accident & Aftermath

When May 22, 2019
from 03:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Lecture Theatre 6, Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street
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Naomi Hirose, Vice-Chairman of TEPCO (Fukushima Affairs)
Gerry Thomas, Imperial College London

Eight years on since the Fukushima Accident, event speakers will share their insights on the current situation in Fukushima, the lessons learned and the implications from the accident. 

More than eight years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. Steady progress has been made towards the reconstruction of Fukushima, the repopulation of surrounding areas, and the decommissioning of the plant, of which Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) must shoulder $145bn of the $200bn total estimated cost of the accident. Meanwhile, with Japan having fully liberalised its electricity and gas retail market (in 2016 and 2017 respectively), the business environment surrounding TEPCO is undergoing a major change. 


The immediate radiobiological effects of the releases at Fukushima were the subject of much speculation in the media and still remain the subject of debate today. Communication of the real risks of low dose radiation exposure to a variety of different audiences, from government ministers and their advisers to members of the communities directly affected by the accident, has been, and still remains, challenging. A great many myths persist about the health effects from the Chernobyl accident in 1986, although the general consensus from scientific studies is that it is the fear of radiation rather than the radiation itself that has a greater effect on health. 


The seminar is free to attend, but registration is required at 

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European Union climate and energy policy: The challenges of ramping up ambition

When May 23, 2019
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where David Attenborough Building, Cambridge
Contact Name Dr Pablo Salas
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Speaker: Dr Pierre Bocquillon, Lecturer in Politics, University of East Anglia

In this presentation Pierre will discuss the political challenges of ramping up the European Union’s ( ambition on climate and energy in the wake of the 2015 Paris Agreement It focuses on the recently adopted 'Clean Energy Package', which sets the EU's governance framework for reaching its 2030 headline targets on clean energy and climate mitigation
This new governance framework entails a shift from a harder legislative approach for 2020 to a ' more' experimentalist' one for 2030 The presentation will look at the causes of this shift and the challenges it entails for achieving and stepping up its commitments.

Dr Pierre Bocquillon is a Lecturer in European Politics at the University of East Anglia (Prior to taking this position, he completed his PhD in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge, and was a post doctoral
research fellow in CEENRG. He works on energy and climate change politics in Europe, as well as on EU and comparative
European politics more generally His current research interests include the politics of renewable energy, the democratic governance of energy and climate change and the external dimension of EU’s energy and climate policies.

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When May 24, 2019
from 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM
Where LT2, Computer Laboratory, William Gates Building
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Advancement in AI technologies is a double-edged sword in terms of its impact on our society. While AI has been used to accelerate the development of our economy, improve our quality of life, and more importantly, save lives, it can also cause problems such as discrimination, loss of jobs, and even threaten human existence if not managed properly. This workshop attempts to develop a framework on which the social goodness of AI can be studied and evaluated. We shall survey existing AI technologies that have been employed to improve our quality of life (e.g., AI to estimate air pollution and how to avoid it), save lives (AI for medical diagnostics, predictions, and recommendation systems), and to ensure our privacy and data security (AI to self detect outliers and unusual activities). We shall also investigate the problems of AI, such as discrimination, unethical and immoral applications, and threats to humans. Our goal is to investigate whether it is possible to have an automated system which is capable of checking whether a machine is making decisions in an ethical, moral, trustworthy, and just manner. This system may have multiple components that automatically monitor each other and report any breaches in privacy, data security, etc. There will be paper presentations and a panel discussion.

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This talk is part of the Symposium on AI FOR SOCIAL GOOD series.

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Linking permit markets multilaterally

When May 28, 2019
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Faculty of Economics, Keynes Room
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Speaker: Luca Taschini (Grantham Institute, LSE)

Luca is an economist, working at the intersection of environmental economics, energy markets, and industrial organisation. His current research projects include work on market-based instruments and climate finance. Luca completed his formal training in economics in Italy. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich. He is also an alumnus of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change (MIT) and is a visiting scholar at the Research Center for Sustainability Science, Ritsumeikan University in Japan.

Part of EPRG Energy & Environment Seminar Programme Easter Term 2019.



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Can open access accelerate clean-tech innovation? Evidence from four clean energy technologies

When May 30, 2019
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Room 2.49 David Attenborough Building, Cambridge
Contact Name Dr Pablo Salas
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Speaker: Benedict Probst, PhD candidate, University of Cambridge

The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG) is hosting a weekly seminar series throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. These are informal and friendly talks allowing discussion of on-going work for PhD students, early career and senior researchers. Seminars take place every Thursday, 3-4 pm, room 2.49. The presenter is expected to speak for 30-45 mins to allow substantial time for discussion. Talks focus on issues of climate change, environment and energy.  All are welcome! The talks are followed by a coffee break (coffee and nibbles provided) in the Common Room of the David Attenborough Building (DAB).  

Power systems research and industry

When May 30, 2019
from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Rayleigh seminar room, Maxwell Centre, West Cambridge
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The seminar will present current power systems research at Cambridge with the State Grid of China.



  • Welcome & introduction 

Prof Jianzhong Wu, University of Cardiff and Prof Teng Long, Department of Engineering

  • Introduction 

Wenliang Zhang, Vice President of State Grid of China

  • Solar energy  

Prof Henning Sirringhaus, Department of Physics

  • Smart grids and power systems

Dr Ioannis Lestas, Department of Engineering 

  • Transport systems 

Prof John Miles, Department of Engineering


Urban Energy and Housing in Africa and Asia: Inter-Disciplinary Dialogues Workshop

When May 30, 2019
from 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Where Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
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Workshop Convener: Dr Charlotte Lemanski (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge)

This one-day workshop brings together speakers across multiple disciplines exploring inter-disciplinary approaches to the challenges of energy and housing, with a particular focus on Asia and Africa. Speakers will contribute to these debates by explaining their relevant research.

Speakers include: 
Lucy Baker (University of Sussex)
Ed Brown (University of Loughborough)
Jamie Cross (University of Edinburgh)
Rajat Gupta (Oxford Brookes University)
Sylvy Jaglin (University of Paris-Est)
Radhika Kholsa (University of Oxford)
Jon Phillips (University of Cambridge)

Free event. Limited places. Please register via email to reserve a place.
Deadline to register: Tuesday 30 April.

The event is supported by the British Academy Cities and Infrastructure grant and Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements (GENUS) Research Network at CRASSH.  Administrative assistance:

CRASSH is not responsible for the content of external websites and readings. All speakers' views are their own.



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Energy, Culture and Society in the Global South

When May 31, 2019 09:00 AM to
Jun 01, 2019 05:00 PM
Where SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
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This two-day international conference will bring together doctoral students and early-career scholars to discuss the different ways energy is and has been intertwined with economic, social, cultural and political developments and processes. The aim of the conference is to centre attention on energy as a key agent in modern and contemporary history, in contrast to its typical designation as an external subject of research exclusive to the Natural Sciences.

The conference aims to address an array of different forms of energy – carbon, geo-thermal, nuclear or electrical – and various energy sources such as oil, gas, coal, wood, wind, and water. The nature of world energy not only means that comparative analysis between different national contexts will be important, but also that papers at the conference will follow the transnational and global flows of the infrastructures, knowledge and people that form part of the construction of energy systems and assemblages.


If you would like to propose a paper for the conference, please submit a completed application form by 11 February 2019. There will be six panels, each focused on a particular theme and each consisting of speakers and discussants. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the session convenors if you require further information:



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In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy book panel discussion

When Jun 04, 2019
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where SG1 Alison Richard Building
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In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy panel discussion with invited authors of the book to be published by Cambridge University Press

A sandwich lunch is provided from 12-12.30pm before the seminar begins, which is open to all and no registration is required. 

The “In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy” seminar series is one of the Research Networks supported and hosted at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). 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 past Seminar Series audios and separate Speaker Interview videos.

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Workshop: Lithium and its role in the low-carbon energy transition: materiality, geopolitics and technology

When Jun 05, 2019
from 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Margaret Anstee Centre -Newnham College
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Renewable energies are now firmly at the centre of global debate, requiring novel strategic resources such as lithium for new technologies leading to the low-carbon energy transition. This transition will have important technological, geopolitical and socio-environmental consequences as profound as those which came with the shift to fossil fuels more than a hundred years ago.

The University of Cambridge with a vast tradition in innovation has a leading role in this energy transition with cross-cutting research in the areas of technology, social, and material sciences.

This workshop seeks to congregate researchers within the University from different departments and research centres to discuss the potential of lithium and related technologies from a multidisciplinary perspective and to build a network of collaboration and knowledge exchange.


The Margaret Anstee Centre in collaboration with Energy@Cambridge network, the Faculty of Business & Management and the Department of Land Economy are organizing this half-day workshop as the first event aiming to consolidate a collaborative network of researchers and to explore future funding opportunities. Based on a multidisciplinary dialogue on lithium related technologies and socio-political implications of key materials in the low carbon energy transition, the main aim is stimulating a critical discussion on the impacts, challenges and potentialities of lithium and energy transition technologies.


The workshop will take place at Newnham College. It will begin 13:00 with a lunch, followed by three panels and coffee breaks. The event will conclude at 17:00.


Interested participants should submit a tittle and brief description of research topic (100-150 words) and include the names, contact details and affiliation. Each participant will have 10-15 minutes to showcase the objectives, scope and impacts of research.

If you would like to attend, please submit by 13 May 2019

Questions and abstract to: Dr. Daniela Sanchez-Lopez /


Towards a geopolitical ecology of lithium in the South American Triangle

When Jun 06, 2019
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Room 2.49, David Attenborough Building
Contact Name Dr Pablo Salas
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Speaker: Dr Daniela Sanchez-Lopez, Margaret Anstee Research Fellow, Newnham College, Cambridge


The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) is hosting a seminar series throughout the 2018-19 academic year. Seminars take place every Thursday, 3-4pm, at the room 2.49 of the David Attenborough Building. All are welcome!

CirPlas Small Grants Scheme Ideation and Team Formation Meeting

When Jun 10, 2019
from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Rayleigh Seminar room, Maxwell Centre, West Cambridge
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Cambridge Creative Circular Plastics Centre (CirPlas) Small Grants Scheme Ideation and Team Formation Meeting


The Cambridge Creative Circular Plastics Centre (CirPlas) addresses contemporary challenges from the manufacturing of more sustainable materials to driving innovations in plastic recycling. CirPlas invites proposals for small grants to support projects that contribute towards the Centre’s goals. For more information about the Centre, please see the CirPlas website: .



This fund supports new, small, collaborative multi-disciplinary projects that take a circular economy approach to the elimination of plastic waste.

•             Projects may have outcomes that are academic and/or make an impact beyond academia.

•             Projects must be inter- or multi-disciplinary: i.e. combine expertise from the home disciplines of at least two Departments, preferably in different Schools.

•             The scope of eligible activities is very broad. Examples include: a case study or proof of principle experiment; the production of a prototype; the testing of a prototype; a field visit; an outreach programme; a web-based tool.



The call is open to early career researchers at the University of Cambridge.

•             PhD students may participate, but the project lead must be an early career PI or a Post Doc who has the support of their PI.

•             Early career PIs are those who attained their PhD less than five years ago.

•             Projects must have a minimum of two applicants from different disciplines.

•             With the exception of staff time, most costs are likely to be eligible. Examples include: travel and subsistence, venue hire and catering for events, materials and consumables, and communications costs.



Five awards of up to £2000 each are available.

•             If international travel is required further funds of up to £1000 may be requested.

•             All costs will need to be fully justified.



The Ideation and Team Formation Meeting will provide more details about the call, help to develop your proposal,  find potential partners and to meet the mentors. Please register here to attend. It is recommended that a member of the project team attends the meeting.

Each funded project will be allocated a mentor from the Cambridge Creative Circular Plastics Centre (CirPlas) team.


For further information please contact Shafiq Ahmed ( or Lara Allen (

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Carbon accounts and inclusive wealth under globalization

When Jun 11, 2019
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Cambridge Judge Business School, Room W2.02
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Speaker: Matthew Agarwala (Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge)

Matthew Agarwala is an environmental economist interested in wealth-based approaches to measuring and delivering sustainable development. The pace of globalisation, innovation, and social, environmental, and economic upheaval leaves no doubt: 20th century statistics can’t capture 21st century progress. Matthew joined the Bennett Institute’s wealth economy project to transform economic measurement to better reflect sustainability, inequality, and human wellbeing. 

Part of EPRG Energy & Environment Seminar Programme Easter Term 2019.


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Do the rich recycle more? Income inequality, economics of recycling, and the role of institutions in circular economy

When Jun 13, 2019
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Room 2.49 of the David Attenborough Building
Contact Name Dr Pablo Salas
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Speaker: Nicolas Valenzuela, PhD candidate, University of Cambridge Do the rich recycle more? 


The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) is hosting a seminar series throughout the 2018-19 academic year. Seminars take place every Thursday, 3-4pm, at the room 2.49 of the David Attenborough Building. All are welcome!

The Armourers and Brasiers' Cambridge Forum and Kelly Lecture 2019

When Jun 18, 2019
from 01:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Pippard Lecture Theatre JJ Thomson Avenue Cambridge CB3 0HE
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The 2019 Armourers and Brasiers's Cambridge Forum will be held on Tuesday 18th June 2019 and will feature the 21st Kelly Lecture - "Teaching Science to Politicians, the Example of Materials Science: A Hopeless but Unavoidable Challenge?" by Professor Yves Bréchet, Grenoble Institute of Technology

Full Programme:

1.15 Registration: Pippard Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE, Cambridge

The Gordon Seminars

1.45 Welcoming remarks: Professor William Bonfield CBE FRS FREng FMedSci FIMM

Session I

1.50 "Introducing Metalysis - Revolutionary Technology for Advanced Metallic Powders"

Dr Mike Ellis, Director of Strategic Projects, Metalysis Ltd, Rotherham

2.20 "Single-Use Electrochemical Power Sources on Paper"

Dr Neus Sabaté, ICREA Research Professor, Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona

2.50 "Brief Encounters"

A series of 3-minute talks by younger researchers

3.20 - 3.50 Poster Display

Session II

3.50 "The World is not Flat: Interfacing 3D Organic Electronic Devices with 3D Biological Models"

Dr Róisín M. Owens, Deptartment of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge University

4.20 "Atom-Thick Compounds for Catalytic Production of Fuels and Energy-Efficient Electronics"

Professor Manish ChhowallaGoldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science, Cambridge University

4.50 Armourers and Brasiers’ Materials Science Venture Prize presented by the Master of the Armourers and Brasiers’ Company

The Twenty-First Kelly Lecture

5.20 "Teaching Science to Politicians, The Example of Materials Science: A Hopeless but Unavoidable Challenge?"

Professor Yves Bréchet, Grenoble Institute of Technology

6.20 Vote of Thanks:


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CEB Research Conference 2019

When Jun 25, 2019 09:45 AM to
Jun 26, 2019 04:30 PM
Where Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Philippa Fawcett Drive, Cambridge, CB3 0AS
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Showcasing groundbreaking research and innovation at the interfaces of engineering, chemistry, biology and physics.

With research spanning sustainable reaction engineering, chemical product and process design, healthcare, measurement, and materials science, CEB combines leading biotechnology research with chemical engineering skill, taking fundamental ideas from concept to application.

In this open two-day conference, hear from our PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and academics, as well as invited plenary speakers, exchange ideas and build new collaborations. We will bring together researchers and academics from across the University of Cambridge and our extensive network of academic and industrial collaborators. A buffet dinner and drinks reception is provided on the first day during the evening poster session.

Detailed programme to follow. The event is free but please register your attendance here

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Bringing new voices into the energy (policy) debate – what place for alternative conceptualisations of ‘society’ and for ‘less established experts’ in energy policy ‘solutions’?

When Aug 28, 2019 09:00 AM to
Aug 30, 2019 05:00 PM
Where Annual Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) conference, in London, on 28-30 August 2019.
Contact Name Dr Rosie Robison
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Conference: Energy Geographies Research Group sponsored session at the annual Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) conference, in London, on 28-30 August 2019.

Session convenors: Dr Melanie Rohse (, Dr Chris Foulds (, Dr Rosie Robison ( – Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

Co-hosts: Energy-PIECES (UKERC funded) and Energy-SHIFTS (Horizon 2020 funded)


This session aims to showcase and discuss the value of new voices to energy geography debates as well as energy policy and governance agendas. We are interested in exploring the potential and realised contributions of non-mainstream energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities (energy-SSH) research in responding to energy societal challenges.

This first session of a double session will be a paper session (four papers and Q&A), for which we seek presentations that investigate the contributions that energy-SSH can make to policy challenges. 

Papers should be submitted to Rosie Robison ( and Chris Foulds ( no later than 12 midday on Wed 6 February 2019.

The second session following this will be a panel discussion with early-career researchers who have been seconded to energy policy organisations (e.g. BEIS; Energy Cities; Energy Saving Trust), as part of the Energy-PIECES project. The panellists’ will reflect on what it means for alternative SSH voices (e.g. non-economics) and less ‘established’ voices to contribute to the energy (policy) debate, with a particular focus on recommendations and implications.



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