Monday, 5 June 2017,
18:00 to 20:00
Waterfront Building, Ipswich
The lecture starts at 18:00 with registration from 17:30
The University of the Third Age (U3A) and the University of Suffolk present:
The Big Picture - global challenges & imperatives for human society!
A discussion of the global political and social issues surrounding climate change and sustainable living that are inhibiting any serious attempts to mitigate it, including the growing difficulty of reconciling the consumer capitalist growth model with the urgent need to reduce our impact on an overloaded planet.
John E Midwinter FRS FREng
John Midwinter graduated in Physics in 1961 after National Service in the RAF and gained a PhD in Physics in 1967. He worked in research at the physics/electronics frontier in UK government for 7 years, industry for 16 years and in academy at UCL for 20 years before retiring in 2004. During his time at BT he led the development of optical fibre communication systems. Whilst at UCL, he was Head of Electrical Engineering for 10 years and Vice-Provost of the College for 5. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1984 and the Royal Society in 1985 and has been awarded Honorary DSc’s by Nottingham, Loughborough and Queen’s Belfast. In 2000, he was IEE President. He has published over 200 papers, authored two books and edited numerous others. He and his wife have four childen, five grandchildren and two Yellow Labradors! John’s current interests are focussed mainly on the Science of Climate Change and what to do about it, as well as the dynamics of our planet, how it formed and evolved and how we evolved within it. His hobby interests include making things of wood & metal, walking, skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife and inevitably, lots of dog walking.