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Professor Martin Freer

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University of Birmingham

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Martin Freer is Director of the Energy Research Accelerator and Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute at the University of Birmingham. In 2015 he co-led the Birmingham Energy Institute Commission, chaired by Lord Teverson, examining "Doing Cold Smarter", and in 2012 he led the Policy Commission, chaired by Lord Hunt, on the "Future of Nuclear Energy in the UK". He established the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research in 2010. Martin received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize, Humboldt Foundation, Germany in 2004 and the Rutherford Medal (IoP) in 2010. [Read more]

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Professor Chris Rogers

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University of Birmingham

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Chris’s research into future cities has focussed on sustainability, resilience, liveability and smartness, and has resulted in a suite of methodologies to support a new Theory of Change for infrastructure and urban systems. He led the Urban Futures consortium yielding a methodology to test the resilience of a city system intervention, and also led the Liveable Cities programme grant, exploring future cities in relation to individual, societal and planetary wellbeing. He chaired the ICE’s Research, Development & Innovation Panel from 2010-2020 and was a member of the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government Foresight Future of Cities project. [Read more]

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Professor Ian Jefferson

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University of Birmingham

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Ian is Professor in Geotechnical Engineering and Head of Education at the University of Birmingham. He graduated from Loughborough University, with a BEng (hons) Degree in Civil Engineering. He then continued to read for a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering. After completion of his doctorate in 1992, he worked for three years as a lecturer at Loughborough University. After which he joined Nottingham Trent University as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in 1995, becoming a Principal Lecturer in 2001 and a Reader in 2002. He joined the staff at the University of Birmingham in August 2004. [Read more]

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Professor Phil Longhurst

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Cranfield University

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Phil Longhurst holds the Chair of Environment and Energy Technology and is based in the Energy Theme. His research investigates the way that materials can be recovered or diverted from landfill to improve resource use and reduce environmental pollution. His research contributes to the activity in Bioenergy and has a wide portfolio of projects including; creating wealth from recovering trace metals in contaminated land, nutrient recovery from waste, risk assessments for compost and anaerobic digestion use in agriculture, and establishing opportunities for SMEs. [Read more]

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Professor Paul Jeffrey

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Cranfield University

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Professor Paul Jeffrey is the Director of the Water Theme at Cranfield Water Science Institute. Paul's research interests span a range of disciplines and topics related to the delivery of sustainable water use. He has led projects on water reuse, the social and economic dimensions of water management, and resilient water systems. He also has wider interests in the relationships between human, natural, and technological systems, particularly as they relate to issues of resource efficiency and social justice. Paul has contributed over 100 journal and conference publications in fields as diverse as water resources management, science and society, technology assessment,… [Read more]