'Transistors, Mini-skirts and Global Warming'

Series Name Interdsiciplinary Science Research Lectures
Speaker Dr Kevin Parker
Type Lectures & Talks
When 21 Nov 2013, 05:00PM - 06:30PM
Venue Physics and Astronomy Lecture Theatre A
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Alex Mack iscience@le.ac.uk 01162525631

This seminar will look at the opportunities that technology gives us to interact with and change the world. As well as the three technologies implied in the title, I mention the CO2 output of buildings, the source of half the nitrogen in the human body, the safety record of Korean airlines, the impact of cotton clothing, and the correlation between linguistic and biological diversity.


Dr Kevin Parker’s background is that of a research chemist who worked for British Petroleum (BP) in a number of R&D, marketing, sales, and technology forecasting roles over a period of 12 years. In the latter role he worked on a team that carried out some of the earliest semi-quantitative technico-economic studies on solar power, biomass, and fuel cells.

Dr Parker is also one of the UK’s most experienced consultants in the area of science-based entrepreneurship, and business skills. He has been doing this for over 15 years, working on over 250 technico-economic consultancy projects, and training somewhere over 2500 workshop delegates.

He uses interactive and problem-based case study exercises to get across the complexity and apparently unstructured nature of typical commercialization projects. Both at BP and as a consultant he has worked with senior government officials, trade bodies, national academies, and NGO’s as well as researchers in energy technology and policy.

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