Global Cambridge in Birmingham

Global Cambridge in Birmingham

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  • Birmingham city centre at night
Sustainability and industry: improving efficiency, conserving the planet’s precious resources and meeting crucial targets.
Saturday, 16 November 2019 - 2.00pm to 5.00pm GMT
Open to: 
Alumni and guests

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

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.

Alumni information: 
Downing 1984

Professor Steve Evans

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

Jessie Smith

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.

Alumni information: 
Gonville and Caius 2014

Fitzwilliam College alumni drinks

Join your fellow Fitz alumni for an informal drink following the above Global Cambridge event at the Malt House, directly adjacent Austin Court.

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£20 inc VAT


IET Birmingham: Austin Court
80 Cambridge Street
B1 2NP
United Kingdom

Location information

Austin Court is located behind the ICC on Cambridge Street.

Nearest train stations:
Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill (both approximately 0.7 miles / 1.2km away, 15 minutes' walk)

There are a limited number of reserved spaces for blue badge holders and two EV charging points for two electric cars at the venue.  Please contact Aimee via to reserve a space. 

The nearest parking is at the adjacent Arena Birmingham (formerly the National Indoor Arena), which is pay-and-display.