Global Cambridge in Birmingham
In 2015, the nations of the world signed up to the Paris Agreement. Recognising that through reducing carbon emissions we can limit global rises in temperature, the Agreement aims to ensure the Earth’s future through a range of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Scholars across Cambridge are working to ensure these goal are met.
At the forefront of industrial efficiency, Professor Steve Evans assists factories throughout the world to be more efficient — and, by definition, more profitable — by reducing the use of power, water and other limited resources. He will be joined in a conversation by PhD student Jessie Smith, who is leading pioneering studies to establish the viability of the use of electric power in aviation, at an event hosted by Cambridge’s Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education Professor Graham Virgo.
Professor Graham Virgo QC (Hon)
Professor Graham Virgo is Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Professor of English Private Law in the Faculty of Law.
Graham is a Fellow of Downing College, where he was previously Senior Tutor and Director of Studies in Law. He was previously Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Law. He is a barrister and Academic Bencher of Lincoln's Inn.
His main research interests are in the fields of the law of Restitution, equity and trusts and the substantive criminal law.
Professor Steve Evans
Professor Steve Evans is Director of Research at the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge.
Steve spent 12 years in industry, most recently as Engineering Systems Manager at Martin-Baker Engineering, the world-leading manufacturer of ejection seats. He became Professor of Life Cycle Engineering at Cranfield University in 1998 and joined Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing in 2011. His research examines how industry brings environmental and social sustainability concerns into its design and manufacturing practices, with a dual emphasis on urgent, practical change, and system-level change offering hope for a sustainable future.
Steve works with organisations to develop solutions that move humanity towards a sustainable industrial future. He has acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords, as a member of the Lead Expert Group for the Government’s Future of Manufacturing Foresight exercise, setting out a vision for UK manufacturing to 2050, and held other policy roles. He is the Chairman of the Manufacturing Policy Panel for the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Member of Academia Europaea.
Jessie Smith completed her undergraduate degree in Engineering at Cambridge, specialising in energy, sustainability and the environment, and aerothermal engineering.
She continued at Cambridge with a Master’s focusing on energy, sustainability and the environment. Her project, supervised by Professor Epaminondas Mastorakos, developed an energy systems model of commercial electric aircraft in the future, assessing the performance of such transport systems in terms of their carbon footprint.
After graduating, she began her PhD continuing the development of her energy systems model, again supervised by Professor Mastorakos. To date, Jessie has presented her work at two conferences; the 2019 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech Conference in San Diego and the 2019 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium in Indianapolis.
She plans to expand her model to focus on commercial electric shipping, hybrid electric, and other low-carbon transport systems.
Booking closes at 6pm GMT on Monday 11 November
Austin Court is located behind the ICC on Cambridge Street
Nearest train station:
Birmingham New Street (0.7 miles, approximately 13 minutes walk)
There are a limited reserved spaces for blue badge holders and two EV charing points for two electric cars. Please contact Aimee at GlobalCambridge@alumni.cam.ac.uk to reserve a space.
The nearest parking is at the National Indoor Arena adjacent which is pay and display.