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The Barlow Memorial Lecture 2013

Professor David Mackay: Energy - 2050 Pathways
When Apr 25, 2013
from 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Cruciform B304 LT 1, Cruciform Building, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT, London, United Kingdom
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How easy is it to get off our fossil fuel habit? How does our current energy consumption compare with our sustainable energy options? How can we make energy plans that add up? This talk will offer a straight-talking assessment of the numbers, and will present the DECC 2050 Pathways Calculator.

The 2013 Barlow Memorial Lecturer: Professor David Mackay

David MacKay FRS was appointed as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on 1st October 2009. The Chief Scientific Advisor’s role is to ensure that the Department’s policies and operations, and its contributions to wider Government issues, are underpinned by the best science and engineering advice available.

David MacKay studied Natural Sciences at Trinity College, he then went to Caltech to complete a PhD in Computation and Neural Systems. In 1992 he returned to Cambridge as a Royal Society research fellow at Darwin College. In 1995 he became a university lecturer in the Department of Physics, where he was promoted in 1999 to a Readership and in 2003 to a Professorship in Natural Philosophy. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2009.

David MacKay’s research interests include reliable computation with unreliable hardware, and communication systems for the disabled. He believes that what the climate-change discussion needs is clear, simple numbers, so that we can understand just how big our challenge is, and not be conned by grand-sounding schemes that don't actually work. His best-selling book, "Sustainable Energy - without the hot air", has been described as "a tour de force" (The Economist), "a must-read analysis" (Science magazine), and "this year's must-read book" (The Guardian).

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2.30pm Research Poster Session - North and South Cloisters, Wilkins Building

5.00pm Reception - North Cloisters, Wilkins Building

5:30pm Lecture - Professor David Mackay - Cruciform B304 LT 1, Cruciform Building

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