The School's Annual Lecture series is named after Edith Morley, who was the first woman to be appointed a University professor in the UK, in 1908 at University College, Reading, which became the University of Reading in 1926.
Read about our past seminars:
Title: Extreme Science
The Distinguished Edith Morley Seminar took place on 28th September 2023 in the ICMA Lecture Theatre and online.
Nicola Fox, Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate.
Abstract: NASA helps discover secrets of the universe, searches for life elsewhere, and protects and improves life on Earth and in space. Success requires extreme innovation, teamwork, and leadership. The stories behind NASA’s science endeavors are just as inspirational as the results and discoveries that unify and empower us to thrive on earth and beyond.
Title: Human-in-the-loop: using technology and field trials to write the rules of a new people-centred future energy system
The Distinguished Edith Morley Seminar took place on 23rd November 2022 in the Slingo Lecture Theatre and online.
Lucy Yu, CEO Centre for Net Zero Octopus Energy, delivered the seminar
Abstract:The transition towards net zero energy systems is accelerating globally. Central to this is a global shift towards electrification of transport and heating of buildings. These changes will necessitate the household level adoption of low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles and heat pumps at unprecedented scale. Intelligently integrating these distributed energy resources into the future energy system offers the potential to reduce the future costs of infrastructure and system operations, bringing down consumer bills and speeding up the overall pace of transition. However, to be successful, new energy systems making use of these technologies must ensure that people sit at their centre. Without appropriate consideration of and engagement with people, there are risks that deployment will be slow or fail altogether, and that the transition will not be equitable. In this talk Lucy will outline early findings from energy flexibility field trials with Octopus Energy customers, discuss methods used, and ongoing collaborative studies.