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Microsoft chief to share ground-breaking work

03 December 2012


A public lecture taking place this month will share the ground-breaking work being carried out by the research laboratory of software industry leader, Microsoft.

The 21st century poses unprecedented challenges.  Climate change and the degradation of ecosystems are pitted against the challenges of feeding 10 billion people and sustainably meeting our rapidly increasing global energy demands.

Whilst Microsoft has long been a household name, there is more to this global giant than the software upon which so many of us rely on a daily basis.  At Microsoft Research's Computational Science Laboratory in Cambridge, scientists are pioneering a transformation of both how science is done and what science is done, in areas of societal importance and in critical domains of the ‘science-based economy.’

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) will welcome Microsoft’s Head of Computational Science, Stephen Emmott, to the podium of its prestigious London lecture theatre to speak about his lab’s work.  

Professor Andy Hopper CBE, IET President said:  “This pioneering research brings together multiple strands of science and technology and the IET is therefore the ideal community in which to showcase it.  I will be particularly keen to hear Stephen’s insights into how this technology can be applied to addressing the challenges of the future, and the role engineers will play.”

Professor Stephen Emmott of Microsoft Research said: “The community that the IET represents is a vitally important one to the UK; I am therefore honoured to have been invited to present this year’s IET Christmas lecture.  The intersection of science and technology is set to be of unprecedented urgency, importance and opportunity for society in this century; in my lecture I will paint a broad picture of some of the things at this intersection we are endeavouring to accomplish.”

Stephen Emmott’s lecture will be held at the IET, Savoy Place, London at 6pm on Wednesday 12 December and is open to IET members and non-members alike.  

Media enquiries to:

Robert Beahan
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7595 400912
Email: rbeahan@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

The IET is Europe’s largest professional body of engineers with 150,000 members in 127 countries.

The IET dates back to 1871 and has offices in Europe, Asia and the US.

Expert spokespeople are available to discuss a range of engineering and technology issues.

For more information about the IET visit http://www.theiet.org