31 Jul 2013

Newcastle: The smart future city

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Start: 12 Sep 2013 – 15:30
End: 12 Sep 2013 – 17:00
Venue: Newcastle University Business School
Address: 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE

Newcastle: a smart future city is a free networking event on Thursday 12th September, 3.30pm to 5pm at Newcastle University’s Business School, next door to the Science Central development. It will be chaired by Professor Phil Taylor, Director of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability at Newcastle University, and a leading expert in renewable energy and academic lead for the UK’s largest Smart Grid project.

Phil will be joined by a panel of specialists from industry and academia to debate how Newcastle as a city of science can realise its vision to be a future city, where smart systems, science and innovation can work together to lead to social and economic prosperity for all.

To secure your place, book online today www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-festival/newcastle-smart-future-city

15.30 – Chair: Welcome & introductions
15.45 – Panel Debate

Question: How can research excellence be applied innovatively in developments such as Science Central to deliver benefits to the regional economy?


  • Professor Phil Taylor (chair) – Director, Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, Newcastle University
  • Mr Phil Jones – Chief Executive, Northern Powergrid
  • Professor Simin Davoudi – Professor of Environmental Policy & Planning, Newcastle University
  • Dr Vincent Thornley – Solutions Manager for Smart Grids, Siemens
  • Professor Stephanie Glendinning – Professor of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, Newcastle University
  • Mr Andrew Lewis, Assistant Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council
  • Dr Sara Walker – Director of Research for the Department of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Northumbria University

16.15 – Open floor questions
16.45 – Closing remarks and networking opportunity

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