Book now for the first event in the 2015 series of Geo:The Big 5 events. Smart Energy will be held in Edinburgh on 26 February 2015. Hosted by AGI Scotland, in partnership with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, we will focus on the ability of future energy supplies to meet demand. In addition to the plenary presentations, we have a fantastic range of speakers demonstrating the latest thinking and case studies in applications of geographic information.
Sustainable supply requires a new approach. The grid itself needs to become smart, in addition to new technology managing demand. Understanding the needs of the citizen alongside environmental and policy challenges are key. All are highly dependent on a detailed geospatial understanding.
The agenda includes time for networking, our event is a great opportunity to make valuable connections or catch up with existing contacts.
This is a wide topic with huge scope for some fascinating insight. With this in mind, we are delighted that Professor Stuart Monro will be one of our plenary speakers.
Professor Munro is a prominent Scottish geologist and science communicator. He graduated in Geology from Aberdeen University in 1970 and then received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh while embarking upon a lengthy career with the British Geological Survey, making a number of distinguished contributions to the understanding of the geology of central Scotland and the application of geology to environmental issues. He was instrumental in establishing Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, the science centre and visitor attraction which opened in 1999 as a major Millennium Project that serves to facilitate a better public understanding of the processes that have shaped the earth. He took up the post of Scientific Director at Our Dynamic Earth on a permanent, part-time, basis on retiring from the British Geological Survey in 2004.
In addition, we're pleased to announce that Chris Stark, Head of Electricity at the Scottish Government will be opening the event. His responsibilities include managing the Scottish renewable energy strategy, energy consents and the operation of the energy market in Scotland. He previously headed the Strategy Unit, the Scottish Government’s central strategy team. Chris joined the Scottish Government in 2009, following an early career in Whitehall. He has wide experience in economic policy making, following work in HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
There's a great line-up of additional speakers, including:
Andy Kerr became the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation’s Director in December 2010. A leading figure in the areas of low carbon policy and implementation, Andy uses his extensive experience of working with governments, businesses and academics to drive the strategic and practical development of the Centre. Previously, Andy worked in the private sector in the emerging international carbon and biofuel markets, working with companies to develop both strategic and practical management responses to emerging opportunities and legislation.
Register now We look forward to seeing you at the event!
Our principal partners - ESRI and Ordnance Survey - are sponsoring this event. We're delighted to also recognise the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation as a Gold Sponsor.