The Winton Inaugural Symposium was held on 1st October 2012 at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. This one-day meeting on "Energy Efficiency" attracted a large and diverse audience. The attendees included students and senior staff from the Cavendish as well as other departments; there was also a significant participation from outside the University of Cambridge from academics as well as industrialists and other interested parties.
The Symposium provided a broad review of some of the major technologies that generate and consume energy. In general there was optimism that there is significant scope for improvements in efficiency and that advances in research have made and will continue to make significant contributions. The focus of the meeting was on the science behind the various technologies, however, we were reminded that major changes in energy supply require an appreciation of the wider energy systems, including human behaviour, infrastructure and costs as well as the role of policy to assist deployment.