Webinars@SocEnv: Innovation - the Good, the Bad and the... Game Changing? | Part 2
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Webinars@SocEnv: Innovation - the Good, the Bad and the... Game Changing? | Part 2

28/03/2019
When: Thursday, 28 March 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Where: Society for the Environment Webinar
Online
United Kingdom
Contact: Phil Underwood
+44 (0) 345 337 2951

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Part two of a three part series focused on the topic of innovation - the good, the bad and the game changing. This series continues our cross-disciplinary, knowledge sharing, expert led webinars designed to provide good practice case studies and insight into key topics from a range of sectors - providing different perspectives, but all with the goal of protecting and enhancing our environment. 

Part two is dedicated to the question - can innovative technology solve "climate chaos"? We hear from Professor Carolyn Roberts CEnv for an extended talk around this topic. Carolyn will draw from a wide range of experience to provide an insight into technological solutions for climate change and related matters. 

Carolyn will provide us with a 40 minute presentation, followed by participating in a question and answer session with the audience to conclude. This is your chance to ask the expert - or indeed offer an alternative solution.

To find out more about Carolyn and her talk, and/or to listen and participate for free on Thursday 28th March 2019 (12:00 - 13:00 GMT), please keep reading. 


Can Innovative Technology Solve Climate Chaos?

Professor Carolyn Roberts CEnv will explore the role of new technologies in addressing the wicked problems of climate change and related environmental pressures. A lot of media hype surrounds the opportunities afforded by renewable energy, geoengineering, carbon capture, electric cars, novel materials, and new communications technologies, but can these technologies make a meaningful difference, or must our future ‘smart cities’ incorporate major constraints on our lifestyles?

The talk will also outline the role played by Innovate UK in funding innovation in systems and technologies.

Professor Carolyn Roberts CEnv - Water and Environment Consultant; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Keele University

Professor Carolyn Roberts began her career as a university lecturer specialising in water and environmental science, but with a longstanding interest in innovation in the lecture theatre and beyond. She started consulting in the 1980s, working on minimising the impact of developments on the water environment and tackling challenges such as mining, housing and waste disposal. In 2009, she moved to Oxford University where she directed the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network, for Innovate UK. ESKTN linked businesses and universities to foster new technology, working across the UK and internationally on behalf of the government.

At various times she has been Chair of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, Chair of Society for the Environment, and a Trustee of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators. She was the first Professor of Environment at Gresham College, joining an institution founded in 1597 which was the original home of the Royal Society; her public lectures can be found here.

Details of her police work tracking the movement of dead bodies in rivers and canals, and other innovative watery themes, can be heard on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Life Scientific’ here.


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Other Webinars in this Series

This webinar is one of three in this free innovations related series. Find out about other webinars below: 

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