Meeting Details
Debate: The Energy Problem re-visited
Tuesday 31st Mar 2009

This event marks the end of a 6 month exercise facilitated by the Cambridge Energy Forum to help Cambridge meet the energy challenge.

Between today and 2050, our energy supplies and our use of energy will change dramatically. Today's oil and gas supplies will not persist, and we must avoid excessive CO2 pollution in the atmosphere.

Cambridge has a rare combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurship and technical development and has an important role to play in defining and undertaking this change.

Speakers, who will prime the debate, include:

  1. Hugh Parnell - chairman
  2. Bernie Bulkin, member of the Energy Board in the government Dept. for Energy and Climate Change,
  3. Prof. Michael Kelly, Chief Scientist of the government Dept. of Communities and Local Government,
  4. Prof David MacKay, author of "Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air"
After the scene-setting, we will proceed to an open forum, following on from points raised in the meeting in the same venue last October.

The report of the discussion at the meeting last October is available in full in our online wiki and meeting report.

Programme: Debate: The Energy Problem

18:00 Doors open 18:15 Refreshments, drink and light snacks
18:45 Introduction to the evening
18:50 Three to four 5-10 minute keynote presentations and Q&A
20:15 Break:
20:30 Open moderated discussion continues
21:00 Formal event ends - continues in the Union Society bar

Wine and Sandwiches are served before the meeting.

David MacKay is the author of "Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air" a widely-acclaimed book published in December which explains and demonstrates how to make energy policies actually add up.
David is Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He is internationally known for his research in machine learning, information theory, and communication systems. Since 2005, he has devoted much of his time to public teaching about energy. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Climate Change.

Michael Kelly Michael Kelly is the Prince Philip Professor of Technology inthe Engineering Dept. at Cambridge. Since July 2006, he has been part-time Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for Communities and Local Government. His research interests are in the manufacturability (or otherwise) of families of devices that rely on tunnelling effects and on hot electron injection, and the use of ion-implantation in fabricating novel devices in semiconductor multilayers.

Bernie Bulkin is chair for energy and transport at the Sustainable Development Commission, a member of the Energy Board of the Dept. for Energy and Climate Change, a member of the Board of Governors of Argonne National Lab in the USA, chairman of AEA Technology, a non-executive director of Servern Trent plc, Ze-gen Inc and Accelergy Corporation, and a partner in Vantage Point Venture Partners. He was formerly chief scientist of BP.
Bernie is a Professorial Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge where he directs the New Hall Centre for the Environment.


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