The lecture was introduced by the Warden and was followed by a Q&A session.
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"The UK is in the midst of an energy revolution. From software to semiconductors, sensors, solar energy and storage: digitisation, decentralisation and flexibility will be at the heart of a future energy network. This transformation is being shaped in part by a better understanding of the interrelationship between complex weather systems, climate influence and society. In this lecture, I will share with you how my physics background shaped my perception of this relationship. It will explore the path I took from my inspiring undergraduate studies here at Merton, my influences and turning points, to how I ended up running the UK's first renewable electricity supply business---a business built around my passion for developing a sustainable and responsible reaction to our changing climate. This journey through the business world has been challenging and complex, with widespread opportunities to make a noticeable difference in the direction of climate and environment research and policy, and generate much needed change in the energy sector."
The Ockham Lecture series
The Merton College Physics Lecture (the Ockham, or Occam, Lecture, so named in honour of one of the greatest—if unattested—alumni of the College and of his philosophical principle of intellectual discipline) started in 2009 and is held once a term. It is organised by the physics tutors of the College to promote both intellectual curiosity and social cohesion of the Merton Physics community.
Attendance is by invitation: All Merton physicists (and sympathisers!) belonging to the three Common Rooms (JCR, MCR and SCR) are invited, as are the Old Members. Their guests are also accommodated, space permitting.