Cambridge Zero Research Symposia 2021

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Cambridge Zero Research Symposia

We are organising a series of six virtual Research Symposia, one on each consecutive Wednesday during the Lent term 2021, to highlight all the exciting and ground-breaking research on net zero and zero-carbon solutions happening across Cambridge.

Targeted at internal Cambridge University academics and researchers, the aim of these events is to help build and strengthen the communities of researchers working on topics related to the Cambridge Zero Research Themes and to encourage new connections and collaborations.

Each symposium will start with 3 keynote presentations from Cambridge academics working on topics related to the respective research theme. After a short break, the symposium will continue with presentations from Graduate Students and Early Career Researchers working on related topics.

Cambridge Zero Research Symposia 2021 Programme

Wednesday 3rd February, 15.00 – 17.15: Zero-Carbon Energy Transformation [Recording]

Keynote Speakers:

Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Dr Molly Haugen, "Evaluating Hydrogen and Electric Energy Systems as Decarbonization Options for Transport"
  • Dr Aidan Parkinson, "Social Costs of Carbon: The State of the Art"
  • Collin Smith, "Redefining the Haber-Bosch Process for Green Ammonia Synthesis"
  • Dr Sergey Kolesnikov, "How Technology Spillovers Contribute to Clean Energy Innovation"

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Wednesday 10th February, 15.00 – 17.15: Health & Society [Recording]

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof Carol Brayne CBE, "Population Health and Sustainability, Relationships and Opportunities"
  • Dr Anna Barford, "Peak Youth, Climate Change and the Role of Young People in Adapting their Futures: views from Uganda"
  • Dr Lee De-Wit, "International Public Support for Government Action, and Policy Solutions at COP26: Results from a YouGov Survey Across 7 Countries."

Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Dr Emma Garnett, "The steaks are high: what approaches work to increase vegetarian sales and reduce meat consumption?"
  • Dr James Smith & Adam Twigg, "Understanding opportunities for improving asthma care while reducing its carbon footprint - a review of variation in local guidance."
  • Sarah Nelson, "The role of society in accelerating the Net Zero transition"
  • Christina Xiao, "Push and/ or pull? A systematic review of studies evaluating the effectiveness of carrot, stick, and combined population-level interventions on modifying travel behaviour"
  • William Moody, Ellie Fox & Emma Clarke "Using youth community-based resources to tackle the climate emergency within Cambridgeshire communities"

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Wednesday 17th February, 15.00 – 17.15: Resources & Production [Recording]

Keynote Speakers:

Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Dr Christopher Cleaver, "Cutting the scrap in metal deformation processing"
  • Dr Christian Pichler, "Sunlight driven conversion of biomass to fine chemicals"
  • Dr Pratheeba Vimalnath, "Intellectual Property for green innovations, circular economy and sustainability" (Co-authors: Maximilian Elsen, Leonidas Aristodemou, Frank Tietze)
  • Emily Servanté, "Harnessing the genetic potential for arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in rice"
  • Thea Jung, "Decarbonisation pathways in the energy-intensive industries: Decoupling Analysis of CO2 emissions from cement production across 50 countries"
  • Karla Cervantes Barron, "Global energy services and international development"

Pre-recorded Presentations - available at below links:

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Wednesday 24th February, 15.00 – 17.15: Resilient & Sustainable Futures [Recording]

Keynote Speakers:

Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Dr Natalie Jones, "Inclusive Climate Governance: The Case Of Indigenous Peoples"
  • Dr Beth Tennyson, "Investigating future solar energy technologies and designing place-based solar-powered water pumps"
  • Dr Lili Jia, "Behavioural assumptions and motivating actions towards sustainable futures"
  • Freedom-Kai Phillips, "The Legal Architecture of Market Mechanisms under International Law: Exploring the “How” of Sustainable Development"
  • Mikka Alon, "AI Implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals"
  • Julia Wdowin, "Human freedoms and sustainability"

Pre-recorded presentations - available at the below links:

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Wednesday 3rd March, 15.00 – 17.15: Transport, Cities & Infrastructure [Recording]

Keynote Speakers:

Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Dr Timea Nochta, "Facilitating Policy Change for Low Carbon Mobility: The Role of Multilevel Governance"
  • Dr Daniel Ainalis, "Decarbonising the UK’s Long-Haul Road Freight at Minimum Economic Cost"
  • Dr Emma Lawlor, "What works in developing guidance for, designing, commissioning and implementing environmental interventions to promote active travel? A systematic review and qualitative synthesis." 
  • André Neto-Bradley, "Spatial inequality in clean energy access: Modelling the role of location and community in access to clean cooking in urban India"
  • Jess Forsdyke, "What’s so hard about concrete?"
  • Maria Paz Gutierrez, "Flood Resilience and Functionalized Construction Materials"

Pre-recorded presentations - available at the below links:

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Wednesday 10th March, 15.00 – 17.15: Carbon Drawdown & Climate Repair [Recording]

Keynote Speakers:

Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Dr Zeynep Clulow, "Socio-economic and Political Challenges to Negative Emission Technologies"
  • Dr Paul Griffiths, "Quantifying radiative forcing impacts of a shift to a hydrogen economy using a chemistry-climate model"
  • Dr Ellen Quigley, "How to Decarbonise the Financial System"
  • James Weber, "Minimal Climate Impacts From Short‐Lived Climate Forcers Following Emission Reductions Related to the COVID‐19 Pandemic"
  • Michael Glerum, "Production of Advanced Carbon Nanomaterials"
  • Sam Gabra, "Chemicals production: Can it be more environmentally-friendly?"

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