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Invitation for Inaugural Lecture on Engineering resources for future life: the need for radical innovation

The future global need for energy, food, water and good health is insatiable. For energy alone, the next twenty-five years will see global demand grow by nearly 40%. Attempts to solve such issues by mitigating this demand are needed but will be insufficient, societally inequitable and economically impractical to achieve.

So what are we to do?

This lecture presents the imperative to accept the challenge to create solutions ensuring that safe, enjoyable and fulfilled lives can be assured for our future generations.

In the spirit of Heriot-Watt, pioneering action is needed to work across disciplines with entrepreneurial endeavour and suggests the need to focus on radical innovation rather than incremental development.

Four recent emerging advances for – washing without water, storing energy without batteries, driving cars using cold air and harnessing complex molecular interactions to create power – illustrate just what can be achieved.

Lecture will take place on 17 February 2016, 6:30 pm at Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus

About Prof Williams:
Professor Richard Williams was appointed Principal and Vice Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University in September 2015. The University operates from five locations in Edinburgh, Galashiels, Orkney, Dubai and Putrajaya in Malaysia.

Professor Williams is an engineer and entrepreneur with a background in minerals and energy engineering. He has extensive interests in the funding and deployment of radical environmental innovations. He is an Academician of The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was appointed an OBE for services to science and engineering in 2008. He serves as Vice President of The Royal Academy of Engineering and is an elected Trustee of the Academy. He has worked on inter-governmental bodies relating to energy storage technology and policy and STEM education.

He is a graduate of Imperial College London (BSc(Eng), PhD) and has held academic posts as a chemical engineer at Manchester (UMIST), and the Universities of Exeter, Leeds and Birmingham. As Pro Vice Chancellor at Leeds and Birmingham he held major responsibilities for work in Asia, Middle East, South America and Malaysia. He was a founding operational director of the Manufacturing Technology Centre Catapult (2011-2015) in Coventry and, formerly, as an active elected member of the CBI Council.

For more information and to RSVP, please email: dubairsvp@hw.ac.uk

Published Date:- Tuesday, 09 February 2016 06:54


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