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Winton Symposium


The Winton Symposium is a major annual event in the Cavendish Laboratory calendar, with an opportunity to invite world-leading experts to debate a topical issue related to sustainability.  With sustainability cutting across numerous disciplines, these events are intended for an audience from a spectrum of scientific backgrounds to come together to hear about and join in the debate.


The eighth Symposium was held on November 7, 2019 on the theme of Quantum Technologies. Quantum technologies harness the unique features of quantum mechanics to produce functionality and performance. These have the potential to radically change how we perform computing, sensing and communication.

The seventh Symposium was held on November 1, 2018 on the theme of Machines. Machines for energy conversion and detectors play a crucial role in our society. Key technology drivers now seek to make them more efficient and to operate across different scales.

Winton Symposium 2017.pdf

The sixth Symposium was held on November 9, 2017 on the theme of Energy Storage and Distribution. As renewable energy becomes a larger part of our energy mix, we need to move and store energy more efficiently, with the speakers discussing some of the technological advances that may have an impact.

Winton Symposium 2016 Poster

The fifth Symposium was held on November 3 2016 on the theme of Solar Energies. The talks explored the basic science that can have an impact on how we can more efficiently capture and covert light into energy sources.
Winton Symposium 2015 Green Computing.pdf The fourth Symposium was held on September 28 2015 on the theme of Green Computing. Topics ranged from new materials and architectures for low power consumption computing, to computer-based applications which can benefit our environment.
Global Challenges Poster The third Symposium was held on September 29 2014 on the theme of Global Challenges for Science and Technology.  Whereas the previous symposia had addressed what basic science may provide to take us to a more sustainable future, the focus was directed to examples and opportunities for real impact.
Materials Discovery Poster The second Symposium was held on September 30 2013 on the theme of Materials Discovery, with a similar format to the inaugural event.  A capacity audience again attended to hear about some or the recent breakthroughs in materials research.
WINTON POSTER FINAL.jpg The Inaugural Symposium was held on October 1 2012 on the theme of Energy Efficiency, with the Pippard Lecture theatre close to capacity (450).  The audience included student and senior staff from the Cavendish as well as a good representation from other departments; there was also a significant participation from outside the University from academics as well as industrials and other interested parties.

Winton Annual Report 2019

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