A lecture on "Military R & D: Is it helping or hindering our security?" was presented by Dr Stuart Parkinson in October in the Univeristy of York. The lecture was and informative, thought-provoking and challenging presentation whcih questioned why the UK should spend so much resources on destructive weapons while the expertise and ingenuity of the engineering communicty could be much better focussed on conflict avoidance. Many questions and discussion followed from a receptive audience. The lecture can be viewed on IET TV at http://tv.theiet.org/technology/communications/17919.cfm
Dr Iain Mosely presented a lecture in November covering various aspects of "Smart Home" and "Smart Grid" technologies including proposals for domestic DC distribution systems and intelligent power converters for micro generation and energy storage. The slides from the lecture can be downloaded at http://mycommunity.theiet.org/communities/files/210/4304
IET North Yorkshire Network were one of the sponsors of The York Festival of Ideas
As part of the festival, we invited IET President, Professor Andy Hopper to deliver a lecture (25th June). His lecture entitled "Computing for the Future of the Planet"
was a thought-provoking discussion on some of the possibilities of how computing and information technology could assist in tackling issues of sustainability... including a controversial proposal to monitor people's movements.
The lecture was followed by a panel discussion on "design for living" with some of the other Festival of Ideas speakers including Bill Price, WSP Engineer on "The Shard" and Leo Hollis, author of "Why Cities Are Good For Us
"....... the panel was also joined by comedian Ross Noble who injected some stimulating but somewhat whimsical comments into the debate.
Many thanks from the North Yorkshire Committee go to Professor Hopper for his participation and to Joan Concannon, organiser of the Festival of Ideas.