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Galvanised: connecting science, engineering and the arts in the Edinburgh Futures Institute

The speakers at the first seminar are Gabi Hegerl, FRS (School of Geology) and John Brennon (School of Architecture).  Briefly, they will discuss:

"In order to avoid dangerous climate change, the Paris target involves limiting climate change to 1.5 or 2 degrees global warming since preindustrial times. This presentation shows how much the world has warmed over the instrumental record, and why, and draws the link between limiting warming and the need to phase out carbon emissions as soon as possible...." (Hegerl)

"There is no mystery in making net zero carbon buildings, but design generation, prediction and procurement are laden with paradox and contradiction. What can the design professions learn from the worlds of big data to help verify our role in reducing carbon emissions?" (Brennon).

EFI hopes to spark new insights by galvanising radically different perspectives on a theme. Each fortnight, we will have one scientist, and one researcher in humanities, arts or social sciences sharing work and leading discussion. The themes this year range from climate issues and their likely impact on sustainable design, the origin of HIV and issues surrounding public health in fragile nations, astonishing new materials that are on the horizon, the science of memory and developments in neuroscience that may affect our politics. The series will end with a return to a core theme of our age - policies for sustainability.

Drinks and snacks will be served at the start of each session: the perfect weekend kick off.


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Jan 17 2020 -

Galvanised: connecting science, engineering and the arts in the Edinburgh Futures Institute

This semester, a series of seminars have been organised by Professor Richard Morris in conjunction with the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) involving fellow science and engineering colleagues in the University. The first of these is at 4 pm on 17 January 2020 in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (High School Yards).

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
High School Yards, Infirmary Street