Event name: The future of fusion

Location: The Royal Institution and online

Time: Friday 3 May, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

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In the next event collaboration between the Ri and the UKAEA, join Sir Ian Chapman as he leads a panel discussion on the future of fusion energy.

This event will feature leading experts in the field, each presenting unique perspectives on the opportunities, challenges, and breakthroughs in fusion technology.

Bob Mumgaard from CFS will delve into the potential of magnets to revolutionise fusion, while Ahmed Diallo of ARPA-E (US Dept of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy) and Princeton will explore next-generation tokamaks. Additionally, Susana Reyes of Xcimer will detail the concept of laser fusion.

Event name: Batteries for emerging economies

Location: The Royal Institution and online

Time: Tuesday 14 May, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

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The Faraday Institution are back at the Royal Institution for another partnership event, this time to take a deep dive into the research, systems engineering, and logistical challenges (and their solutions) of accelerating the deployment of batteries in emerging economies for micro-mobility and static energy storage.

The panel:

Professor Charlotte Watts is Chief Scientific Adviser and Director for Research and Evidence at the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Charlotte is the most senior scientist in FCDO, with responsibility for providing scientific advice to the Foreign Secretary, Ministers, the Permanent Under-Secretary and Executive Committee, including during the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies. She heads the Research and Evidence Directorate, that brings together leadership of FCDO’s expert geopolitical and development advisors, FCDO’s significant research and technology development investments, and jointly oversees (with the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology) the UK’s overseas science and innovation diplomatic network.

Professor Emma Kendrick has worked in industry and academic extensively on energy materials and devices; batteries and fuel cells, and has 70 papers and 21 patent family applications in this field. Her enthusiasm for new technology development, mainly batteries, extends to the industrial and academic fields. She has been on many EPSRC industry advisory boards, and is currently functional material specialist on the physical science SAT for EPSRC, Committee member for the Energy Group at IoM3 and the Materials Division Council at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor David Howey received his MEng degree from Cambridge University (2002) and PhD degree from Imperial College London (2010) on the topic of heat transfer in electrical machines. Professor David Howey’s research expertise is in modelling, diagnostics and control of electrochemical energy devices and systems. Lithium-ion batteries are his current main focus, and he also has interests in sodium-ion batteries, lead-acid batteries, flow batteries, and supercapacitors.

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