Press release

Forthcoming IET lectures to take place at new-look headquarters

30 September 2015

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced the launch of its Kelvin and Mountbatten Memorial lectures, which will take place at the newly refurbished IET headquarters at Savoy Place, London.

The first of the lectures, the Kelvin Lecture (27 October 2015), will be given by Professor Sir Michael Pepper, who is Pender Professor of Nanoelectronics in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Honorary Professor of Physics at University College London (UCL). 

His lecture will discuss the structure of advanced semiconductor devices and his pioneering work in helping to develop them for modern usage.

As well as offering a theoretical insight into the workings of semiconductor structures, he will also share examples of their pioneering application in equipment like terahertz cancer imaging, which has helped in the detection of the disease in patients. What’s more he will suggest the role semiconductors will play in the future particularly when it comes to the storage of data and in quantum computing. 

The second of the two lectures, the Mountbatten Memorial Lecture taking place on 3 November 2015, will be given by Professor Dieter Helm, an economist specialising in utilities, infrastructure, regulation and the environment and author of the provocative book The Carbon Crunch.

His IET lecture will look at the new and emerging features of the energy landscape and suggest how EU and UK policy will need to change as a result – potentially having a huge impact on the UK Government’s Energy Market policy and key components of the EU’s Energy Union. In addition, Professor Helm will look at the role of new technology and energy trends and suggest the implications for the structure and competitiveness of major energy companies.

Naomi Climer, IET President-elect, said: “The IET prides itself on giving a platform to some of the world’s most knowledgeable and innovative speakers from the fields of engineering and science. Professor Pepper and Professor Helm are no exception and their lectures will offer real insight for delegates into the worlds of energy and electronic engineering.

“What’s more, this year’s delegates will be given an even greater treat, as they will be some of the first to experience the IET’s prestigious Savoy Place headquarters in London as it reopens following an exciting two-year refurbishment. All of our speakers will be giving their lectures from state of the art lecture theatres which have played host to some of the greatest global minds for over 125 years.”

To find out more or register your place at the IET Kelvin or Mountbatten Memorial Lectures, visit: - www.theiet.org/lectures

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Notes to editors:

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  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.
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