Cranfield University has launched the Green Technologies (GreenTech) Grand Challenge Day to help accelerate the development and implementation of environmentally-sustainable technologies that can increase businesses competitiveness, stimulate innovation, boost economic growth, and create jobs to a wide range of strategically important UK industries.

To achieve the Government’s Net Zero 2050 targets and many of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, rapid transitions based on a fine-grained understanding of the consequences of introducing alternative methods and environmentally-friendly technologies are needed.

Join our experts at the online exhibition day. This virtual event aims to act as the formal introduction of the GreenTech Grand Challenge, providing an opportunity for engagement with local and regional policymakers and industry stakeholders, as well as disseminating Cranfield’s unique world-leading expertise, facilities and technology through presentations, videos, interviews and round table discussions.


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Event Programme

09:30 Introduction to the Green Technologies Grand Challenge and agenda for the day

Ana Soares
Professor of Biotechnology Engineering
Lead of the Cranfield Grand Challenge in Green Technologies

Topic 1: Mitigating Climate Change
Chair: Ana Soares
09:40 Low carbon hydrogen

Peter Clough
Lecturer in Energy Engineering

09:55 Developing smart city energy designs

Phil Longhurst
Professor of Environment and Energy Technology

10:10 CO2 transport technologies

Kumar Patchigolla
Reader in Low Carbon Energy Systems

10:25 Making lightweight lithium sulfur batteries a practical reality

Daniel Auger
Reader in Electrification, Automation and Control

10:40 Virtual exhibition
10:50 Round table debate
addressing key questions on Green Technologies and mitigating climate change

Chair: Rosina Watson
Senior Lecturer in Sustainability

Katie Day, Office for Nuclear Regulation, Director of Policy and Communications
Martin Garratt, Cambridge CleanTech, Chief Executive
Mark McNally, RAVMAC Ltd, co-Founder and Director
Stephen Mooring, Central Bedfordshire Council, Head of Sustainability

11:25 Break
Topic 2: Delivering the Circular Economy

Chair: Imma Bortone
Lecturer in Fluid Flow and Environmental Engineering

11:35 Gas sensing technologies for food waste reduction

Angel Medina
Reader in Food Mycology

11:50 Wastewater a source of energy and materials

Bruce Jefferson
Professor of Water Engineering

12:05 3D printing the future of aviation

Jialuo Ding
Senior Research Fellow in Additive Manufacture

12:20 Circular driven materials

Adriana Encinas Oropesa
Lecturer in Design and Materials

12:35 Virtual exhibition
12:45 Round table debate
addressing key questions on Green Technologies and the circular economy

Chair: Michael Bourlakis
Professor in Logistics

Arnold Tukker, Leiden University, Scientific Director and Head of the Department of Industrial Ecology
Christophe Lasseur, European Space Agency, Head of MELiSSA project, Life Support R&D Coordinator
Peter Hammond, CCm Technologies Ltd, Chief Technology Officer
Peter Vale, Severn Trent Water, Innovation Technical Lead

13:20 Closing remarks
Ana Soares
13:30 End of event

Who should attend

Industry, business, local and regional policymakers, regulators, academics, university students and anyone thinking of embarking on an education or career related move in the field of Green Technologies.


Free to attend.