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Two leading academics from the University are taking part in a major national celebration of ideas and discoveries across the sciences.

Professor Richard Thompson OBE and Professor Deborah Greaves OBE are among the eminent names taking part in New Scientist Live 2018 and both will be speaking on Thursday 20 September.

Held over four days in September at London’s ExCeL, the festival features more than 140 speakers and 100 exhibitors to offer thought-provoking talks, ground-breaking discoveries, interactive experiences, workshops and performances.

Professor Thompson, Head of the University’s International Marine Litter Research Unit, is one of the world’s leading experts on the global problem of marine litter. He will be taking part in a debate on What should we do about plastic? – on the festival’s Main Stage at 12:00-13:00, which will focus on the scale of the issue and whether any of the proposed solutions could potentially help to address it. 

Chaired by the editor of New Scientist Emily Wilson, the panel will also include filmmaker Jo Ruxton, Co-Founder of Plastic Oceans Foundation UK, and environmental writer and broadcaster Lucy Siegle.

Professor Greaves, Head of the School of Engineering, will be among the speakers appearing on the festival’s Engineering Stage with her talk, The renewable revolution at 14:30-15:10. Made an OBE earlier this month in recognition of her services to offshore renewable energy, she will be speaking about the sector’s potential to transform the power industry. 

It is particularly timely with 2017 being a record year for renewable energy, with wind farms producing more power than coal on 263 days, and the UK seeing its first full day without any coal power and the tumbling price of offshore wind farms. How much further could the UK go? The answers lie out at sea, with a host of new innovations bringing gargantuan wind turbines, wave energy and tidal power. Renewable energy engineer Professor Greaves describes how the offshore renewable energy is set to transform the power industry in ways that seemed unthinkable until just recently.

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