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Energy and Low-Income Urban Settlements in Global South (India and South Africa)

When Nov 20, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Seminar Room, SG1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road
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GENUS (Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements) research seminar 


Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank  (Department of Architecture),
Dr Anika Haque (Department of Architecture) and
Prof Ronita Bardhan (IIT-B)
Gender and Domestic Energy in India’s Slum Rehabilitation Housing

Dr Charlotte Lemanski (Department of Geography) and
Dr Ruth Massey (Department of Geography)
Energy Innovation in low-cost housing in India and South Africa

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Assessing the Value of Carbon Capture and Storage

When Nov 20, 2018
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Keynes Room, Faculty of Economics
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Speaker: Niall MacDowell, Imperial College London

The EPRG Energy & Environment (E&E) Seminar Series is a fortnightly presentation relating to economic, social, and technological issues within the energy academic and industrial sectors.  Their bi-weekly Energy and Environment Seminars give their research team the opportunity for constructive feedback on their current work and promoting multidisciplinary dialogue on issues of relevance to the research programme.

Visitors from other universities, industry, regulatory agencies and government are welcome. The EPRG E&E seminars are held at the Judge Business School or Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge every other Tuesday during university term time from 12:30 to 2.00 PM.  If you would like to attend these lectures, please email for more information.


Part of the EPRG Energy & Environment Seminar Programme. 



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Carbon capture and storage: it has a cost, but does it have any value?

When Nov 22, 2018
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where BP Institute, Madingley Rise
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Speaker: Professor Niall MacDowell, Imperial College London

It is understood from the work of the IPCC that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is vital to meeting global carbon emission reduction targets by 2010 in a least cost manner , and more recent work by the ETI indicates that the same is true for the UK’s 2050 targets. However, despite this plethora of evidence, CCS has yet to be deployed in a meaningful sense. At the same time, alternatives to CCS , including renewable power and energy storage, have been achieving material cost reductions.

In this seminar, we will quantify and qualify the role that CCS might be expected to play in a deeply decarbonised future, provide insight as to the key technical characteristics of CCS , and consider the alternatives to its deployment, in order to attempt to answer the question – “does CCS have any value?”



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The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture

When Nov 27, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building
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Speaker: Prof Alan Short, University of Cambridge

Respondent: Professor David Newbery, EPRG, University of Cambridge

The In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy seminars takes place every fortnight during term. There will be a sandwich lunch from 12pm with the seminar starting at 12.30pm in the Atrium of the Alison Richard Building before the seminar begins. 

If you are unable to attend the talk feel free to drop by for the lunch and meet the speaker. You can also send in your comments and questions to be posed to the speaker in advance. The event is open to all, no registration is required.

The speaker will present for around 30 minutes, followed by the respondent and then a Q&A session with the audience members.

The seminar is part of the In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy Research Group which 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.

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



Science, the fulcrum for social and economic change in India

When Nov 27, 2018
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Peterhouse, Cambridge
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Speaker: Professor K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India


The 2018 Dr Seng Tee Lee Public Policy Lecture will be delivered by Professor K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

Hosted by Professor Stephen Toope, Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge


Through technology, science is the fulcrum on which the strong crowbar of national missions which aim to lift India economically and socially can rest. Such a role for science is not only necessary for India but also for the sustainability of our planet, for with its large young population, the success of India is vital to the success of the world. Science as a fulcrum will allow reasonable and affordable investment to lift huge loads, where otherwise even larger investments can be ineffective.

This fulcrum must be strong and correctly placed. Till recently, this fulcrum was not strong enough and was poorly positioned. Both situations are speedily changing. Strengthening science in India requires three simultaneous efforts: (1) strengthening our best institutions, invigorating the university research system and expanding the footprint of science by creating new institutions of quality; (2) opening the minds of our best research centres so that we challenge ourselves much more; and (3) increasing the resources for science and clearing bottlenecks in delivery of these resources. Increased support from the Government is necessary, but substantially more must come from industry and philanthropy.



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Increasing Visibility of Underrepresented Groups in Energy Research (IVUGER)

When Nov 29, 2018
from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where 170 Queens Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5HF
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This event will establish the first network of diverse women working on heat decarbonisation research. You will meet and be mentored by diverse experienced females from academia, industry and policy making. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a second event which builds on the networks gained in this event, and have an opportunity to collaborate to prepare a proposal for seed funding which we will award (up to £12,000) during a two-day residential writing retreat in March 2019. We will provide support and feedback on your grant applications.
The objectives of the day are to:

  • Extend your professional network
  • Develop your skills in career assertiveness and persuasive communication
  • Meet mentors and writing partners

We aim to work with you to extend your network, to foster a Whole Systems approach to heat decarbonisation research, and develop relationships which foster genuine collaboration in a structured way. Given the in-depth nature of the support on offer in this unique initiative, numbers are limited, and the event is likely to be oversubscribed. Following this event, participants will receive support and resources to raise their influence on UK energy policy and strategy.

Guest speakers include: Professor Gioia Falcone, Rankine Chair of Energy Engineering, University of Glasgow; Dr Rebecca Heaton, UK Climate Change Commissioner and Group Head of Sustainability and Policy at Drax Group; Professor Furong Li (Professor of Energy Engineering, University of Bath); Dr Jhuma Sadhukhan, Reader Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey; Dr Ina Colombo, Deputy Director General International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), Paris, France; Dr Rosa Cuellar Franca, Lecturer in Sustainable Chemical Engineering, University of Manchester; Dr Tamaryn Napp, Research Fellow, Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London; Dr Miao Guo, EPSRC Research Fellow, Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College London)
(Travel bursaries will be made available to attend this event)

Deadline for registration: 17.00 pm Thursday 22nd November 2018

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BP-Schlumberger Energy Masterclass 2018

When Dec 03, 2018 09:00 AM to
Dec 04, 2018 05:00 PM
Where BPI Institute, Madingley Rise, Cambridge
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The BP Institute Masterclass in Energy Supply and Demand is an intense 2 day course from leading industry and academic experts about the technical challenges involved in energy supply and demand — from renewables to oil and gas and from transport to industrial use.

All undergraduates and graduates in science and engineering are most welcome to apply to attend this 14th year of the masterclass, generously sponsored by BP plc and Schlumberger Ltd.

Lectures will be held at the BP Institute, Madingley Rise on 3-4 December, with a dinner in the evening of 4 December at St. John's College.

Please note: the Masterclass is highly over-subscribed each year. If you are unable to attend once your registration has been confirmed, then you must email If you do not cancel attendance at the dinner by Friday 30th November at the latest, you will be sent a bill for the full value.

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Energy policy masterclass

When Dec 10, 2018
from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Simon Sainsbury Centre of the Judge Business School, Cambridge
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In partnership with the Royal Geographical Society’s Energy Geographies Research Group, the GSI and CSaP are hosting a free energy policy masterclass, followed by networking drinks). The masterclass will be interactive and put the spotlight on the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) as an energy policy evidence base, which are too often overlooked in favour of more technical energy research disciplines.


A number of travel and accommodation bursaries are available for UK-based attendees; the deadline for applications is also 16 November 2018. It is anticipated the event will be popular and encourage bursary application/ or registering for a place early.


Confirmed speakers and contributors (more to be announced) include:

·       Nicola Buckley – Associate Director, Centre for Science & Policy, University of Cambridge

·       Andrew Cockcroft – Socio Economic Performance Manager, EDF Energy

·       Robert Doubleday – Executive Director, Centre for Science & Policy, University of Cambridge

·       Alena Fielding – Head of Code Reform, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

·       Chris Foulds – Principal Research Fellow, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

·       Tom Hargreaves – Lecturer, Science, Society & Sustainability (3S) research group, University of East Anglia

·       Liz Hooper – Senior Technical Energy Advisor, Practical Action

·       Rosie Robison – Principal Research Fellow, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

·       Philippa Roddis – PhD Researcher, School of Geography, University of Leeds

·       Melanie Rohse – Research Fellow, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

·       Amber Sharick – Senior Advisor, UK Energy Research Council (UKERC)

·       Neil Simcock – Lecturer, School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University

·       David Weatherall – Head of Policy, Energy Saving Trust

·       Katie Wheat – Head of Higher Education Engagement, Vitae


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Modelling Policies for the Global Power Sector

When Apr 26, 2019
from 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Top Floor Computer Lab, Geography Department
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UCCRI Early Career Researcher Programme

Speaker: Dr Pablo Salas

The decarbonisation of the power sector is a crucial step towards creating a low-carbon society, to avoid dangerous and irreversible climate change. The Design and implementation of successful decarbonisation policies requires the understanding of the interactions between complex phenomena such as availability of energy resources, renewable energy investment decisions and technology diffusion. In this session, Dr Salas will demonstrate FTT:Power, a model of the global power sector created at Cambridge, to analyse the impact of decarbonisation policies in different world regions. The session is aimed to be an introductory hand-on experience in modelling. No previous experience or knowledge is required. It will take place in the computing lab of the geography department. An example of FTT:Power in use can be found at:

Lunch included

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