Science, politics, industry and the role of future cities in managing the risks of climate change

10 October 2017, 6.00 PM - 10 October 2017, 7.30 PM

Sir David King

Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building

The science of climate change, for over 97 percent of scientists, and the role of humans in this, has been clear for a long time. But the issue and what we do about it remains mired in politics, vested economic perspectives and the power of multinationals to influence policy. At the same time, the business of climate change is seeing new solutions and rapidly reducing prices for renewables such as solar power. Where will all this lead to? And what is the role of cities in dealing with climate change? Given his vast experience, both nationally and internationally, working on the challenges of climate change policy as well as the role of future cities, there's no better guide than Sir David King.

David King is a physical chemist with a research background in surface science and catalysis. He was the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change from September 2013 until March 2017. He was previously the government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute. He also served as the founding director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford (2008-2012). Other appointments include Brunner Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Liverpool (1974 – 1987); Professor of Physical Chemistry at Cambridge University (1987-2000); director of the Collegio Carlo Alberto; chair of Future Cities Catapult; chancellor of the University of Liverpool; senior scientific advisor to UBS; and advisor to President Kagame of Rwanda. He has published over 500 papers and is author (with Gabrielle Walker) of The Hot Topic: How to Tackle Global Warming and Still Keep the Lights On. He has received 23 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He was knighted in 2003 and made Officier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honeur in 2009.

This event is part of the build-up to the second Festival of the Future City 18-20 October 2017. Set over three days the festival – which aims to be the largest public debate about the future of cities – will bring together architects, writers, artists, scientists, change-makers, academics, journalists, students, the public, economists, futurists, policy makers, roboticists, philosophers, filmmakers, think tanks, charities, social enterprises, city-builders, politicians and more. Partners include: University of Bristol; University of the West of England; University of Bath; Arts Council England; Bristol City Council; Business West; Centre for Cities; Core Cities; Resolution Foundation; ESRC. Details of the programme

This lecture is free to attend, but due to expected demand, booking is required.

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This event is being co-organised by the Cabot Institute and the Festival of Ideas. Please contact if you have accessibility requirements.

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