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Cambridge Global Challenges


Hosted by the Maxwell Centre – Impulse Programme – NanoDTC Innovation Seminar Series, Robert will detail innovation needs and the potential for directed research to create new technologies that could be scaled via entrepreneurial companies


There is broad consensus that the mean temperature rise caused by anthropogenic greenhouse emissions must be kept below 2 ⁰C from pre-industrial levels to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. Good progress has been made in reducing emissions associated with electrical power production, and the Paris Climate Change Agreement has been a political breakthrough. However, we are not making enough progress in other sectors, such as construction materials, heat and transport. Analysis from the Energy Transitions Commission indicates that new technologies will be required for these hard-to-abate sectors. Dr Robert Trezona is an investor in clean technology start-ups and a member of the Energy Technology Commission. In this talk he will detail these innovation needs and the potential for directed research to create new technologies that could be scaled via entrepreneurial companies.

About the Speaker

Robert Trezona has worked with high technology clean energy companies for over a decade, with particular expertise in fuel cells. He is currently Head of Cleantech at IP Group plc, where he manages one of Europe’s largest cleantech venture portfolios. Previously, he was Head of Research and Development at the Carbon Trust, where he led the Research Accelerator venture initiative. He has also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey and Company, focusing on energy and materials. He began his career as a fuel cell scientist, initially at Johnson Matthey, then at Ceres Power, where he led the original materials and process teams. He holds a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge.

About the seminar series

This series of seminars happens monthly and speakers present their ideas and experiences on how innovation impacts their endeavours.

We have a varied list of speakers, from academics turned in to entrepreneurs all the way to established companies.

The format is a 30-40 minute talk, followed by Q&A, and drinks and nibbles immediately after.

17:15 - 17:30 Registration
17:30 - 18:10 Talk
18:10 - 18:45 Discussion
18:45 - 19:30 Networking


Attendance is free but spaces are limited so do register here


Wednesday, 27 June, 2018 - 17:15 to 19:15
Event location: 
Rayleigh Seminar Room, Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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