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3 April, 2017 - UCL Energy Network Launch: 'the future of collaborative energy research'

Time: 18:00:00 - 21:00:00

Organised by UCL Energy Institute

The UCL Energy Network is a new initiative launched to promote collaboration between energy-related researchers across UCL, as well as providing a platform for collaboration between academia, industry and policy. You are invited to hear from and meet experts in collaborative energy research. Guests speakers from UCL, Government and industry will discuss the history of collaboration, as well as how academia, industry and policy can navigate the rapidly changing academic, political and economic climate to ensure collaboration thrives in the future.

Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Alex Blackburn

Email: a.blackburn@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)203 108 9860

18 May, 2017 - Ice cores and interglacials

Time: 17:00:00 - 19:00:00

Organised by UCL Geography

The polar ice sheets hold one of Earth’s great sedimentary records. By drilling ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica, we can obtain ice that fell as snow, extending back so far 800,000 years in Antarctica and over 120,000 years in Greenland. Ice cores contain information about climate and numerous other environmental parameters; crucially the air bubbles trapped in the ice give access to the past composition of the atmosphere, including the greenhouse gas concentrations. In this talk I will first discuss the strengths and weaknesses of ice cores, and then demonstrate how ice cores are collected. I will then present some highlights of recent ice core research, including the information thay have given us about interglacials. This will lead me to a more general discussion about interglacials. The last interglacial offers an especially useful example, and I will discuss he issue of estimating what happened to the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheet at a time of higher sea-levels.

Location: Malet Place Engineering Building 1.02, Roberts Building, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Contact: Anson Mackay

Email: a.mackay@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 0558