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Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability

Department of Physics

Upcoming Events

10 March 2022 - Winton Symposium

Ninth Annual Winton Symposium - 10 March 2022

One-day symposium with a series of scientific talks given by world leading experts on the physics of reaching zero carbon emissions


Previous Events


Hidden problems in the global wind industry

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Hosted by Jim Platts, Institute of Manufacturing

Discussion on how as an industry grows, it is always true that completely unexpected problems arise that threaten its long term viability


The impact of policy on the low-carbon transition: opening the black box of energy technologies

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Hosted by Laura Diaz Anadon, Professor of Climate Change Policy

Discussion on how government policy shapes energy technology progress and, in turn, how technology characteristics affect the ability of governments to meet different energy goals.


Antarctic Reflections on Leadership and Women in STEMM

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Hosted by Hannah Laeverenz Schlogelhofer, Winton Scholar

Journey to Antarctica with Homeward Bound - an initiative that is building a global network of 1000 women with the aim to heighten the influence and impact of women with a science background in order to influence policy and decision making as it shapes our planet.


Can electricity networks cope with mass uptake of Electric Vehicles (EVs)?

National Grid

Hosted by Timothy Jarratt, National Grid

Views on how quickly EV uptake will occur and what that means for network infrastructure requirements and how transmission and distribution companies will have to adapt to manage EV uptake.


Technology for Development Sandpit

Mike Coto in Daar

One-day Event held at Maxwell Centre

A competition for graduate students and early career researchers to generate and field test new technology-based ideas for the developing world.


Winton Symposium 'Energy Storage and Distribution'

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Sixth Annual Winton Symposium

One-day symposium with a series of scientific talks given by world leading experts


The Status of Mini-Grids: Are they the 'next' big thing, or an uneconomic diversion?

Dan Kammen

Hosted by Daniel Kammen

Daniel Kammen, Professor of Energy at UC Berkeley, will host an informal discussion on the status of mini-grids.


Thinking of becoming an Entrepreneur: What questions will you be asked?

Paul Mantle

Hosted by Paul Mantle

informal discussion on commercialisation of new technologies and some the questions that need to considered to evaluate the potential.


Networking for Nerds

Alaina Levine

Alaina Levine

Seminar and Q&A on how to land your dream job in Science


Greening up the Cavendish

Green Impact

Hosted by Otti Croze

Discussion on sustainable practices in the research work place, with the Maxwell Centre as a test case


Winton Symposium on Solar Energies


Fifth Annual Symposium Registration

One-day symposium exploring how basic science can direct how we can efficiently capture light into energy sources


France's Nuclear Energy Transitions

Kathleen Araújo

Hosted by Kathleen Araujo

Discussion on France's shift to nuclear power and technology learning, policy change and public engagement


Understanding the Paris Climate Summit

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Organised by Cambridge Centre for Climate Science

Scientific and political context for the upcoming climate summit in Paris (COP21)


Piezoelectric nanogenerator: Power solutions for autonomous devices

Sohini Kar-Narayan

Hosted by Sohini Kar-Narayan

Discussion on harvesting energy from ambient sources as a solutions for small-power applications


Patents in theory and practice


Hosted by Patent Attorney Dr Anwar Gilani

Introduction to patents followed by a debate on whether patents help or hinder innovation


New Frontiers for Quantum Technology in Biological and Bio-Inspired Systems


International Workshop Hosted by Alex Chin

Workshop Programme


A remarkable set of contemplations


Hosted by Craig Bennett of Friends of the Earth

Presentation - Big Ideas Change the World


Biogas and Fertilisers from Organic Waste

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Hosted by John Mullet of SOWTech Ltd

Presentation - Beyond the Pit Latrine


An Ideal Limit for Performance of Wind Farms

Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz

Hosted by Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz

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