Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment

Previous events



16 April 2019:  Dr Roy Maconachie, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath  -  'Artisanal diamond mining, governance and development in Sierra Leone'  Film  and Vimeo recording

2 April 2019:  Professor David Greenwood, Professor of Advance Propulsion Systems and Director of Energy at WMG, International Automotive Research Centre (IARC), University of Warwick  -  'Electrification of road transport: myths, truths and the way ahead'

19 March 2019:  Professor Geoffrey Hammond, Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath  -  'Energy Transition Pathways, Scenarios and Technologies for a Low Carbon UK Future'  -  Vimeo recording

5 March 2019:  Professor Phillip Jones, Chair of Architectural Science, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University  -  'Can we achieve an Energy Positive Built Environment?'  -  Vimeo recording

19 February 2019:  Professor Tom Scott, Director of the Interface Analysis Centre (IAC), Department of Physics, University of Bristol  -  '  Diamond Energy:  A new take on nuclear energy'   Vimeo recording

5 February 2019:  Dr Jim Fleming, Head of Energy Theme, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 'EPSRC Energy Theme: An Overview'


11 Decembeer 2018:  Professor Anil Markandya, Director of the Basque Centre for Climate Change in the Basque Country Spain, and Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Bath  'Do health co-benefits compensate the economic costs of the Paris climate agreement?'   Video recording

27 November 2018:  Louise Kingham OBE FEI, Chief Executive of the Energy Institute (EI)  -  'People and energy - a relationship in transition'   Video recording

13 November 2018:  Damian Brennan, Senior Manager, UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) Culham Science Centre / Head of H3AT  -  'Fusion:  Powering Our Future'   Video Recording

30 October 2018:  Professor Philip Jones, Climate Research Unit Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia  'The global temperature average:  a history, recent changes and their context over the Late Holocene'   Video Recording

23 October 2018:  Robert Llewellyn, Fully Charged  -  'Is This the Tipping Point? Electric cars, renewable energy and storage.  How far, how fast, how soon'   Video Recording

16 October 2018:  Dr Matthew Jones, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath  'Chemicals from Alcohol and CO2'  

2 October 2018:  Professor Chick Wilson, CMAC Future Manufacturing Hub, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath  'Continuous Crystallisation; a Route to Sustainable Manufacturing in the Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals Industries'    Video recording

24 April 2018:  Professor Saiful Islam, Professor of Materials Chemistry, University of Bath  'Atomic-Scale Insights into Energy Materials (Batteries Included)'   Video recording

10 April 2018:  Jonathon Porritt  -  'Exploring the Psychodrama of Accelerating Climate Change'     Video recording

20 March 2018:  Professor Peter P Edwards FRS, Oxford Petrochemical Centre of Excellence, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford  'The continuing role of  hydrocarbon fuels in any  transition to a suitable energy future'    Video recording

6 March 2018:   Adam Chase, Director, E4tech  'A long(ish) view of sustainable energy'     Video recording

20 February 2018:  Professor William Scott, Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Bath and Dr Paul Vare, University of Gloucester   -   'The World We'll Leave Behind: grasping the sustainability challenge'    Video recording

6 February 2018:  Simon Roberts OBE, Chief Executive, Centre for Sustainable Energy Bristol  'Creating places where smart energy can thrive: lessons from Bristol and London'


12 December 2017:  Amelia Womack, Green Party Deputy Leader  -  'The Politics of Flooding'    Video recording

28 November 2017:  Professor Bill David FRS, Senior STFC Research Fellow, ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford  'Energy storage: from hearing aids to hydropower'  Video recording

14 November 2017:  Professor Chris Brace BEng (Hons) CEng PhD FIMechE, Professor of Automotive Propulsion and Deputy Director of the Powertrain Vehicle Research Centre, University of Bath  -  'The future of automotive propulsion'   Video recording

31 October 2017:  Humphrey Cadoux Hudson CBE, Managing Director, Nuclear Development: EDF Energy  'Sustainable energy and the impact on the environment over long time scales, solutions and handling waste from EDF's perspective'  Video recording

17 October 2017:  Professor Pete Walker, Director BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath  'Innovation eco-materials for better quality buildings'    Video recording

3 October 2017:  Ton Fijen, Technical Director, TIdal Lagoon Power  'Tidal lagoons from Swansea to Fleet lagoons'   Video recording

4 April 2017:  Martin Crouch, Senior Partner, Improving Regulation, OFGEM  'Transformation of the energy sector and implications for regulation'    Video recording

7 March 2017:  Professor Aron Walsh, Chair of Materials Design, Imperial College London  'From atoms to devices: Materials design for new energy technologies'

21 February 2017:  Andrew Todd, Director and Head of Energy and Resource Management, Verco Limited  'Energy efficiency is a no brainer, so why is it not happening?'    Video recording

7 February 2017:  Geoffrey C Maitland, Professor of Energy Engineering, Imperial College London  'Avoiding major climate change in a cleaner fossil fuels world: challenges and opportunities'.   Video recording


6 December 2016:  Dr Dan Green, Head of Sustainability and Innovation, Wessex Water Services Limited  -  'Water in the UK  -  Innovation for the 21st Century'

29 November 2016:  Professor Stefaan J R Simons BSc (Hons), Eng  FIChemE, Dean of College (Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences), Brunel University London  -   'Do we have the technologies to meet the COP-21 ambitions?'    Watch the Panopto video recording

15 November 2016:  Dr Marcelle McManus, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath  'Bioenergy: saint or sinner?'     Watch the Panopto video recording

1 November 2016:  Professor John Loughhead OBE FRENG FTSE, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director General, Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy  'The view from here'   Watch the Panopto video recording

18 October 2016:  Professor Gavin Walker, Director Energy Technologies Research Institute, University of Nottingham  'Solid state hydrogen for stationary energy systems'     Watch the Panopto video recording

5 October 2016:  Professor Michele Aresta, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bari-IT.  I-SEE David Parkin Honorary  Degree Lecture A Vision....  Dreams....  Facts        Watch the Panopto video recording

19 April 2016: Professor Alison Walker, Department of Physics, University of Bath - 'The Power of Light'       Watch the Panopto video recording

15 March 2016: Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol. 'Motivated rejection of (climate) science, causes, tools and effects'.     Watch the Panopto video recording

1 March 2016: Dr Hanne Sagen, Group Leader/Scientist, Polar acoustic and oceanography group, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (ERSC) Norway - 'Observing the ocean under the melting sea ice'.     Watch the Panopto video recording 

16 February 2016: Professor Michael Finus, Chair in Environmental Economics and Head of Department, University of Bath -'The Contribution of Economics to the Debate about Climate Change'.      Watch the Panopto video recording

2 February 2016:   Professor Peter J Hall, Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its Applications, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield  -  'Who Does What and With Which and To Whom? The Bewildering World of Energy Storage'      Watch the Panopto video recording


8 December 2015: Peter Phelps, Energy and Environment Manager, University of Bath - 'Myths, misconceptions and misunderstanding in carbon management - a pragmatist's insight into the world of saving carbon in a University'.    Watch the Panopto video recording

24 November 2015: Andrew Haslett, Chief Engineer, Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) - 'How can the UK transition to an affordable, secure and sustainable energy system?'.    Watch the Panopto video recording

23 November 2015: Professor John Loughhead, DECC Chief Scientific Officer - 'Security in the UKs Energy Future'.   

10 November 2015: Dr Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute's Chief Economist - 'Why Australia wants Paris to fail - a coal exporting country's perpective on plans to cut global emissions'.   Watch the Panopto video recording

13 October 2015: Professor Chris Budd OBE, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath - 'Climate Change, does it all add up?'     Watch the Panopto video recording

29 September 2015: Professor Richard D Pancost, Director of the Cabot Institute, University of Bristol - 'Living in an Uncertain World'.    Watch the Panopto video recording

28 April 2015: Professor Pierre McDonagh (University of Bath) and Professor Diane Martin (Aalto University Finland) - 'Electric Logic and Electric Love: Driving Sustainable Attitudes in the quest for Sustainable Consumption'.   Watch the Panopto video recording

14 April 2015: Professor Malcolm McIntosh - 'Thinking The Twenty-First Century: Ideas For The New Political Economy'

17 March 2015: Asif Rehmanwala, Ecotricity Limited - 'Ecotricity's Energy Outlook'.    Watch the Panopto video recording

17 February 2015: Cate Le Grice Mack - 'Is there a better future for UK agriculture?'.    Watch the Panopto video recording


25 November 2014: Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales - 'A politics that works: how do we create a stable, sensible energy policy for Britain?'   Watch the Panopto video recording

18 November 2014: Dr Jenny Cooper - 'An overview on the development, operation and future challenges of the Electrical Grid'.     Watch the Panopto video recording

11 November 2014: Professor Furong Li, Chair in Electrical Power Systems, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Bath - 'How could big smart grid and smart metering data reduce our energy bills?'     Watch the Panopto video recording

28 October 2014: Professor Jim Watson, Research Director, UK Energy Research Centre UKERC - 'The UK's low carbon energy pathway to 2030: uncertainties and mitigation strategies'  Watch the video recording on Panopto

14 October 2014: Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science - 'Communicating about Climate Policy in the UK'.  Watch the video recording on Panopto

30 September 2014: Lord Ewen Cameron of Dillington, House of Lords London - 'Global Food Security and Developing World Argriculture'     Watch the video recording on Panopto

6 May 2014: Professor Emeritus Peter Reason - 'Spindrift: a wilderness pilgrimage at sea'    Watch the Panopto video recording

15 April 2014: Dame Sue Ion - 'Generating for the future: last gasp or second wind for the various technology options'

1 April 2014: Dr Marcelle McManus, Senior Lecturer Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath - 'The use of LCA for the development of low carbon energy solutions'     Watch the Panopto video recording

18 March 2014: The Rt Hon The Lord Nigel Lawson - 'A cool look at Global Warming'  Watch the video recording on Panopto

4 March 2014: Andrew Quarles, Technical Director, Cuadrilla Resources Limited - 'Winning without compromise. Why shale gas is key to economic revival, and an environmental force for good'. Read the press release.

18 February 2014: Professor Rod Scott, Professor of Plant Molecular Biology | Head of Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath - 'Liquid biofuel production using microorganisms: too small to make a difference?'     Watch the Panopto video recording

4 February 2014: Dr Gordon McGlone OBE CEnv MCIEEM, Director of Gordon McGlone and Associates Limited - 'So how much is a badger really worth?'      Watch the Panopto video recording


10 December 2013: Professor Frank Jotzo, Associate Professor, Crawford School; Director, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy; Deputy Director, Australian National University- 'Climate policy developments in Australia and China: what role for carbon pricing?'     Watch the Panopto video recording

26 November 2013: Dr Jason Green, EPSRC Head of Research Councils’ Energy Programme - 'The Research Councils’ Energy Programme - Towards a Low Carbon Future - Where should the UK prioritise funding for energy research?'     Watch the Panopto video recording

12 November 2013: Sarah Best, Senior Researcher, Sustainable Markets Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) - 'Sustainable energy for all? Linking poor communities to modern energy services'    Watch the Panopto video recording

29 October 2013: Professor Annie Linley, UK Energy Research Centre/Natural Environment Research Council, University of Exeter - 'Accelerating wave and tidal development through strategic environmental research'

15 October 2013: Professor Michael Walls, CREST, School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Loughborough University - 'Photovoltaic materials and devices: current status and the global market'

1 October 2013: Ken Webster, Head of Innovation, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Isle of Wight - 'The size of the prize: implications of a circular economy. Doing 'good not less harm'

30 April 2013: John Foster, Research Fellow in Philosophy, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University   -  'After sustainability, denial, hope, retrieval'     Watch the Panopto video recording

16 April 2013: Roger Martin, Population Matters - '"It's no use reducing your footprint if you keep increasing the number of feet": Population growth and the environment'  Watch the video recording on Panopto

9 April 2013: Professor Peter Walker, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath - 'BaleHaus: lessons learnt and way forward for renewable construction materials'  Watch the video recording on Panopto

19 March 2013 Dr Paul S Bell, National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool - 'Monitoring the environment at marine renewable energy sites: how to measure the sea without getting your feet wet'     Watch the Panopto video recording

5 March 2013: Dr Patricia Thornley, Sustainable Consumption Institute and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester - 'Biomass: Transforming renewable energy into sustainable energy'    Watch the Panopto video recording

19 February 2013: Chris Crookall-Fallon, Director, Verco - 'Organisational engagement in energy efficiency and emissions reduction: Historic observations and forward projections'    Watch the Panopto video recording


27 November 2012: Matt Georges, Senior Climate Change Advisor, Environment Agency - 'Who can you trust? Risk, faith and knowledge in the development of shale gas in the UK'

13 November 2012: Dr Graham Cooley, Chief Executive Officer, ITM Power plc - 'Energy Storage: The Case for Hydrogen'    Watch the Panopto video recording

6 November 2012: Professor David Coley, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath - 'Are buildings evil?'     Watch the Panopto video recording

23 October 2012: Dr Julian Dennis, Director of Compliance and Sustainability, Wessex Water - 'Water as if it really matters'    Watch the Panopto  video recording

9 October 2012: Dr Ian Lange, Senior Lecturer and Director of the MSc Energy Management in the Division of Economics at the University of Stirling - 'Green paradoxes: how much should we worry?'    Watch the Panopto video recording

2 October 2012: Professor Stephen Gough, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies), University of Bath - 'Education, nature and society'

26 June 2012: Professor Malcolm McIntosh, Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia - 'Sustainability and Responsibility in "The Asian Century"'

1 May 2012: Professor Jim Skea, Research Director of UK Energy Research Centre London / Research Councils UK Energy Programme Strategy Fellow - 'The energy innovation imperative: what we need and what we might get'    Watch the Panopto video recording

17 April 2012: Dr Oliver Woodford, Toshiba Research Europe Limited - 'An Introduction to Tethered Wind Power'   Watch the Panopto video recording

20 March 2012: Professor Nigel Brandon, Director of Energy Future Lab at Imperial College London and Shell Professor of Sustainable Development in Energy - 'The role of fuel cell technology in a low carbon economy'     Watch the Panopto video recording

6 March 2012: Linda Fletcher, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons Solicitors London - 'The Green Agenda: will the varied legislative measures introduced since 2008 deliver the UK Government's ambitious emission reduction targets by 2020 and 2050?'    Watch the Panopto video recording

21 February 2012: Dr Nafees Meah, Head of Science, Climate Energy Science and Analysis, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) - 'The UK Carbon Plan: Role of science and innovation in achieving a transition to a low carbon future'   Watch the Panopto video recording

7 February 2012: Professor Peter Pearson, Director of the Low Carbon Research Institute of Wales, Cardiff University- 'Energy transitions - past and prospective'  Watch the Panopto video recording


29 November 2011: Simon N Stuart, Chair of IUCM Species Survival Commission - 'Targets for biodiversity conservation - are we serious about achieving them?'    Watch the Panopto video recording

22 November 2011: Professor Bas Verplanken, Professor of Social Psychology and Head of Department, University of Bath - 'Towards more sustainable lifestyles: nudges, edges, and opportunities'   Watch the Panopto video recording

15 November 2011: Dr Brenda Boardman, Emeritus Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute Oxford University, and a Visiting Professor at Exeter University - 'Fixing fuel poverty'     Watch the Panopto video recording

1 November 2011: Professor Andrew Dobson, Professor in Politics, Keele University - 'Environmental Behaviour Change: incentives, "nudge", and citizenship'     Watch the Panopto video recording

18 October 2011: Professor Andrew Watkinson, Director of Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) - 'The challenge of living with environmental change'    Watch the Panopto video recording

4 October 2011: Dr John Troyer, RCUK Fellow in the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath - 'Future death: the human body as biomass'     Watch the Panopto video recording

26 May 2011: Doug Hulyer, Board Member, Natural England - 'Public engagement: learning, biodiversity and the sixth mass extinction - reflections on a decade of policy in England'

19 April 2011: Dr Philippe Blondel, University of Bath, Department of Physics - 'Measuring the marine environment for sustainability and climate change'

12 April 2011: Gareth Veal MSc, Consultant, The Coefficient Company, Bath - 'CO2 market design and operation'    Watch the Panopto video recording

29 March 2011: Professor Tim O'Riordan, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia - 'The future of sustainability and learning in the UK'    Watch the Panopto video recording

8 March 2011: Peter Harper, Head of Research and Innovation, Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) - 'Zero-carbon Britain 2030: a comprehensive decarbonisation scenario'    Watch the Panopto video recording

22 February 2011: Professor William Scott, Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, University of Bath - 'Sustainability and learning: what role for the curriculum?'    Watch the Panopto video recording

8 February 2011: Paul Ekins, Professor of Energy and Environment Policy, UCL Energy Institute, University College London - 'Low-carbon energy 2050: options and implications for the UK'   Watch the video recording on Panopto