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Energy for our future: have your say

Posted on 16 March 2011

Experts from across the UK will discuss how the future energy needs of the planet can be met as part of an interactive debate at the University of York this Friday.

Members of the audience at the Energy for our future: have your say debate will be able to put questions to a panel of energy research experts about low carbon technologies such as nuclear, wind, biofuels, and carbon capture and storage. Discussions will address the pros and cons of each and the mix of energy sources needed.

An electronic voting system will be used to collect live opinions from the audience about their views on different energy scenarios.

The debate, on Friday, 18 March at 7.30pm, is free to attend and is being hosted by the University of York in partnership with Research Councils UK (RCUK) as part of the York Festival of Science and Technology 2011.

The annual festival, organised by Science City York in partnership with organisations and businesses across York and North Yorkshire, aims to bring science to life for people of all ages.

The debate will be held in the superb Ron Cooke Hub at the centre of the University‚Äôs £750 million Heslington East campus expansion.

Admission is by free ticket, available from the Minster Box Office in York Minster, Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Alternatively phone 0844 9390015 or visit

Notes to editors:

  • Information on panel members:

    John Loughhead
    Executive Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and previously Corporate Vice-President of Technology and Intellectual Property for the Alstom group (a world leader in integrated power plants).

    Robin Grimes
    Director of the Imperial College Centre for Nuclear Engineering and the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Nuclear Engineering.

    Simon McQueen Mason
    Chair of Material Biology in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, at the University of York. His research interests include the potential use of plant biomass as feedstock for the production of liquid transportation fuels, chemicals and materials.

    Trevor Drage
    Associate Professor in clean fossil energy at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham. His research focus is in the field of sustainable energy generation.
  • To find out more about the York Festival of Science and Technology visit or call 01904 870059 for a free brochure.
  • Further information about Research Councils UK is available at

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