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The sustainable planet: opportunities and challenges for science, technology and society

Event

Starts:

July
122010

12:00

Ends:

July
142010

12:30

Location

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Overview

 

Organised by Professor Judith Howard CBE FRS, Professor Ash Amin FBA, Professor Martyn Chamberlain and Professor Matthew Davidson

This meeting will review global sustainability in the context of: climate change; supply of essential materials, food and energy; and new disease patterns. The challenges to global societies will be discussed and the potential of advances in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, energy technology and materials science to ameliorate these problems will be considered, together with the intrinsic limits of wholly scientific solutions. 

The programme is available to download (PDF).

Biographies and audio recordings are available below.

The proceedings of this meeting are due to be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions A.

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Schedule of talks

Session 1

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The reality of climate change: evidence and myths

Dr Vicky Pope, Met Office Hadley Centre, UK

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Water, risk and the future: the challenges of modelling and prediction

Professor Stuart Lane, Durham University, UK

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Towards a sustainable energy future: realities and opportunities

Lynda Armstrong OBE, Shell International Exploration and Production BV, The Netherlands

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Low carbon options for the future provision of power

Professor Allan Jones FREng, E.ON New Build & Technology Limited, UK

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Session 2

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Biomedical and social contributions to sustainability

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut FRS, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, UK

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The economics of strategic resource shortages and climate change

Professor David Newbery FBA, University of Cambridge, UK

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How urban societies can adapt to resource shortage and climate change

Dr David Satterthwaite, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK

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Global health and climate change: moving from denial and catastrophic fatalism to positive action

Professor Antony Costello, University College London, UK

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Session 3

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Towards sustainable photovoltaics: the search for new materials

Professor Laurie Peter, University of Bath, UK

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Personalized energy for 1 (× 6 billion)

Professor Daniel G Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

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Challenges and opportunities for sustainable chemical technologies

Professor Matthew Davidson, University of Bath, UK

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Why GM crops

Professor Jonathan Jones FRS, Sainsbury Lab, UK

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Session 4

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Plants: biofactories for a sustainable future?

Professor Robert Edwards, Durham University, UK

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Challenges for pharmaceutical industry - how to inspire and incentivise innovation

Dr Jackie Hunter CBE, Pharmivation Ltd, UK

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Disease appearance and evolution against a background of climate change and reduced resources

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub KBE FRS, Imperial College London, UK

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Panel Discussion: Overview and Future Directions

Professor Alan Bilsborough, Durham University, UK

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Panel Discussion: Overview and Future Directions

Professor Tom McLeish FRS, Durham University, UK

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The sustainable planet: opportunities and challenges for science, technology and society

Theo Murphy international scientific meeting organised by Professor Judith Howard CBE FRS, Professor Ash Amin FBA, Professor Martyn Chamberlain and Professor Matthew Davidson.

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ
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