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Interdisciplinary Research Centre
  • 11Oct

    Speaker: Ben McWilliams (Bruegel) 

    Organised as part of the EPRG Energy & Environment Seminar Programme Michaelmas Term 2022

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  • 13Oct

    Speaker: Professor Ian Chapman, CEO, UK Atomic Energy Authority

    Fusion offers the potential to provide continuous, safe and low-carbon power. However, there remain technical challenges to overcome to realise fusion as well as various other enabling measures which will be needed to make fusion a reality as soon as possible. In this talk, Professor Ian Chapman, CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, will begin by explaining the UK government strategy to delivering fusion and setting this in the context of other major fusion programmes internationally. It will then describe the major technical challenges required to deliver a magnetic fusion powerplant and give a brief overview of some of the key deliverables and discoveries that will be required on that pathway. An overview of recent major discoveries in the field will be presented together with a future outlook for the pathway to delivering fusion power.


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  • 14Oct

    In parts of the world including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Central and South America, First Nations peoples own much of the land best-suited to climate repair efforts, including large-scale renewable energy, carbon farming and nature-based projects.  

    In this presentation, we describe several of the important initiatives these communities are taking, ask whether and how the energy transition will improve First Nations’ peoples’ lives, and explain how we can all help First Nations peoples in their climate-repair efforts.  


    About the organisers:

    Karrina Nolan is a descendant of the Yorta Yorta people of Victoria, Australia and the General Manager of Original Power, an organisation focussed on developing First Nations peoples’ capacity for self-determination in the context of economic development, climate change and clean energy. She is also a Churchill and Atlantic Fellow.  

    Dr Lily O’Neill is a Senior Research Fellow with Melbourne Climate Futures, the University of Melbourne.  Her research focus is how First Nations people are leading and benefiting from the clean energy transition and climate repair projects.  

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  • 14Oct

    In 2022, temperatures of over 40°C were recorded in the UK for the first time and predictions indicate that the coming decades will see an increase in the intensity and frequency of heat waves. Ensuring that the spaces we live, work, and travel in remain at safe temperatures is crucial and to achieve this in an energy efficient manner, passive cooling strategies need to be implemented at scale. In this event, leading experts in environmental design, across academia and industry, will discuss opportunities for passive cooling retrofitting and construction in the UK and challenges that need to be overcome.

    Confirmed speakers

    Dr Shaun Fitzgerald OBE FREng, director of Research in the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge and co-founder of Breathing Buildings.

    Rosa Schiano-Phan, Reader in Architecture and Environmental Design at the School of Architecture and Cities of the University of Westminster and co-author of The Architecture of Natural Cooling.

    Dr Joel Gustafsson, founder of JG Consulting with extensive experience in environmental design, with many of his projects having set important precedents supporting the reduction of environmental impacts of the built environment.

    About the organiser:

    Dr Monika Kreitmair is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Engineering and Cambridge Zero David MacKay Research Associate at Darwin College. Her research explores the impact of underground infrastructure on the thermal climate of the subsurface and further ramifications of this on the potential of geothermal energy structures for provision of heating and cooling in cities. Another component of her work focusses on how uncertainties affect deployment strategies to access the geothermal resource.

  • 15Oct

    The transition toward modern, clean, affordable, and sustainable isolated energy systems and its relationship with the sustainable development of remote communities will be reviewed in this session. Through the analysis of different case studies, the critical parameters that have allowed some isolated communities in the world to develop sustainable energy systems will be shown. These parameters are frequently beyond technical features. Moreover, how the energy transition has impacted local development in these communities will also be discussed. Finally, different potential solutions that can be implemented depending on the current state of each community energy system will be highlighted.

    About the organiser:

    Fabián Barría Oyarzún is an electrical engineer and MSc in Electrical Engineering at the University of Chile. He is currently an MPhil candidate in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. He has worked for 9 years in the energy sector and his current dissertation project was on sustainable development through energy solutions in remote communities. His interest related to how the energy sector is related to the sustainable development of communities and the preservation of nature.