Cambridge Zero Research Symposia 2021

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Cambridge Zero Research Symposia

Michaelmas Term 2021

During this Michaelmas Term, Cambridge Zero is organising a second series of Virtual Research Symposia, to highlight all the exciting and ground-breaking research on climate change, net-zero and zero-carbon solutions happening across the University of Cambridge. The aim of these events is to help build and strengthen our internal Cambridge Zero research community, and to encourage new connections and collaborations. This term in particular, we also want to highlight important Cambridge research contributions in the run-up to the COP26 UN Climate Summit in November.

The Symposia will take place on Wednesday afternoons throughout the term, with each week focused on a different theme, as detailed in the programme below.

Early Career Researcher Presentations
Each symposium will feature a number of keynote presentations from senior Cambridge academics, and we are inviting submissions from Early Career Researchers to present their research in a series of 10 minute presentations followed by a short Q&A.

If you are a Cambridge ECR and would like to present your research at one of these symposia, please complete this form. We are very keen to showcase presentations from across the full breadth of Cambridge Zero - related research, so even if you feel your research does not strictly fit in one of the themes listed above, then please do still submit and choose the theme that is the closest match.

Cambridge Zero Research Symposia - Michaelmas 2021 Programme

Wednesday 6th October, 15.00 – 17.15: Climate Science - in collaboration with Cambridge Centre for Climate Science

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof Eric Wolff, "What can the past tell us about future ice sheet loss and sea level rise?"
  • Dr Alex Archibald, "Climate models and their use in solutions to the climate crisis"
  • Dr Alison Ming, "When the heart of the stratosphere skips a beat"
  • Dr Emma Boland, "The impact of aerosol forcing strength on ocean heat uptake"

Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Emma Xiaoqing Chen, "Time-lapse volumetric seismic imaging of water masses at a major oceanic front"
  • Sam Lewin, "Improving models of ocean turbulence with data-driven methods"
  • Arianna Cox, "Methane removal using photocatalysis"

Read the summary Blog Post of this symposium


Wednesday 13th October, 15.00 – 17.15: Adaptation & Resilience [Recording Available

Keynote Speakers:

Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Dr Tim Summers, "Localised economic impacts from high temperature disruption days under climate change"
  • Dr Sripriya Rengaraju, "Low carbon cements for sustainable infrastructure"
  • Dr Lucrezia Nava, "The grasshopper and the ant: explaining the variation in organisational adaptive responses to climate change"
  • Gabriele Milone, "Self-sensing skins for infrastructure"

Watch the recording of this symposium


Wednesday 20th October, 15.00 – 17.15: Law & Policy [Recording Available] - in collaboration with Cambridge Global Food Security

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Cristina Peñasco, "About the outcomes and trade-offs of policy instruments for a net zero future"
  • Dr Markus Gehring, "From Paris Agreement Implementation to Border Carbon Adjustments – New Approaches to Trade and Climate Change Law"
  • Dr Surabhi Ranganathan, "A Law of the Sea for the Anthropocene: From Fixing to Unmaking?"
  • Prof Cristiane Derani, "Plastic waste throughout the global food system: challenging law and policy"

Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Dr Christopher Campbell-Duruflé, "The Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act: Bringing the Paris Agreement Home?"
  • Dr Natalie Jones, "Addressing Fossil Fuel Production in National Reporting Under the Paris Agreement"
  • Nopparuj Chindasombatcharoen, "Operations, technology adoption and behavioural economics perspectives in industrial policy implementation and the role of technology transfer on adoption of sustainable agricultural technologies and practices"

Watch the recording of this symposium


Wednesday 3rd November, 15.00 – 17.15: Mitigation [Recording Available]

Keynote Speakers:

Early Career Researcher Presentations:

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Wednesday 10th November, 15.00 – 17.15: Nature & Biodiversity [Recording Available] - in collaboration with Conservation Research Institute

Keynote Speakers:

Early Career Researcher Presentations:

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Wednesday 17th November, 15.00 – 17.15: AI & Sustainability [Recording Available]

Keynote Speakers:

Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Yen-Fang Su, "AI-enabled sensing technology for sustainable infrastructures"
  • Scott Jeen, "Reinforcement Learning for Energy Efficient Control"
  • Joycelyn Longdon, "Monitoring Ghanaian Forests with Machine Learning, Bioacoustics and Indigenous Knowledge"
  • Simon Thomas, "Defining Southern Ocean fronts using unsupervised classification"

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Wednesday 24th November, 15.00 – 17.00: Hard-to-abate Sectors [Recording Available]

Keynote Speakers:

Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Stephen Lezak, "Does the World still need gold mining?"
  • Soniya Gupta, "The Future is Remote: Social Impact of Telemedicine Business in Emerging Markets"
  • George Hawkswell, "Using distributed propulsion to make future electric aircraft more efficient"

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Wednesday 1st December, 10.00 – 12.30 GMT / 16.00 - 18.30 Dhaka Time: Working Globally [Recording Available]

Co-hosted with Cambridge Global Challenges (CGC), International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC)

Co-chairs:

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Ronita Bardhan (Cambridge), "Climate Adaptation & Urbanism"
  • Prof Mizan Khan (ICCCAD), "Climate adaptation: background, current challenges and the role of University-generated knowledge"
  • Dr David Mfitumukiza (LUCCC), "Climate Change Adaptation from Indigenous People and Local Communities (IPLCs)  – preserving the knowledge and scaling up the global implementation of nature-based solutions"

Early Career Researcher Presentations:

  • Maliha Masfiqua Malek (ICCCAD), "Trend and seasonal variations of sea level in the Bay of Bengal: An analysis of high-resolution coastal altimetry"
  • Dr Rekha Bhangaonkar (Cambridge), "Irrigation management for building climate resilience: Lessons from dryland agriculture in India"
  • Farah Anzum & Afsara Binte Mirza (ICCCAD), "Indigenous People and Local Communities (IPLCs) Nature-based Contributions in Ecosystem Conservation, Climate Change Adaptation, and Mitigation"
  • Dr Ramit Debnath (Cambridge), "Contextualising climate and energy justice narratives: Evidence from computational social science"
  • Savio Rousseau Rozario (ICCCAD), "Insights on land use, agriculture and food security in Bangladesh: Way forward with climate change and development"
  • Qi Ruona (Cambridge), "Mongolian Traditional Ecological Knowledge and its Adaptation to Climate Change in China: A Cultural and Legal perspective"

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