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Brunel Climate Change Symposium

A symposium showcasing Brunel University London's critical research tackling climate change challenges.

As world leaders prepare for the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021 (COP26) to urgently tackle the complex issues facing the planet due to increasing climate change and global challenges, Brunel University London will be presenting a variety of lively and brief presentations showcasing some of the solution-led, world-class research being undertaken across the University dealing with the Biosphere, Societies, and Economies.

Join us online on Wednesday 20 October 2021 from 10:00 am for a day of talks and discussions by our esteemed researchers – everyone is very welcome. 


Session 1, 10am BST; Chair: Professor Geoff Rodgers, Vice Provost (Research) 

Energy Security and Sustainability: What are the Risks?

Dr Colin Axon, Senior Lecturer – Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Is the service industry really low-carbon?

Dr Simon Roberts, Honorary Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Food, Plastic and Climate: How they interplay?

Dr Manoj Dora, Reader – Operations Management

Science Education for Sustainability

Professor Mike Watts, Professor of Education


Session 2, 11am BST; Chair: Professor Trevor Hoey, Vice Provost (International & Academic Partnership) 

Compound Hydrological Risk Analysis under Climate Change

Dr Yurui Fan, Lecturer in Flood and Coastal Engineering

Valorisation of UK Biomass Combustion Residue in Post-combustion Carbon Capture

Dr Salman Masoudi, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Population Impacts of Climate Change

Dr Ariana Zeka, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences

Is the impact of climate change on agriculture increasing human exposure to harmful chemicals?

Dr Sibylle Ermler, Research Fellow – Environmental Sciences


Session 3, 12pm BST; Chair: Professor Justin Fisher, Director of Policy Unit and Professor of Political Sciences 

Economic Growth and Degrowth: Logics, Ideologies, Dilemmas

Dr Gareth Dale, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy

Domestic Cooking Fuels in India's Industrial Coal Belt 

Dr Devanshi Chanchani, Research Fellow – Global Challenges

Resilience Assessment of Transport Infrastructure Exposed to Climatic Hazards

Dr Sotirios Argyroudis, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Infrastructure Engineering

Sustainable materials for Engineering applications

Christina Webb, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Session 4, 1pm BST; Chair: Professor Geoff Rodgers, Vice Provost (Research) 

Risk, Inequality and Knowledge Exchange: Bridging the Climate Chasm

Dr Shona Koren Paterson, Research Fellow – Global Challenges

Approaches to iItegrate sustainability in food systems

Dr Ximena Schmidt, Research Fellow – Global Challenges

Decarbonation of Food Manufacturing Sector

Dr Valentina Stojceska, Reader in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Future and urban weather files for building energy performance modelling

Professor Maria Kolokotroni, Associate Dean for Engineering & Design


Session 5, 2pm BST; Chair: Professor Trevor Hoey, Vice Provost (International & Academic Partnership)

Demonstration of African Indigenous Knowledge Digital Platform for Promoting Sustainable and Resilient Food System 

Dr Steven Sam, Research Fellow II- Global Challenges 

Integrated assessment of cross-sectoral interactions and potential synergies and trade-offs: Implications for sustainability

Dr Abiy Kebede, Lecturer in Flood and Coastal Engineering

Navigating the complex dynamics of virtual, 'reciprocal', and sustainable knowledge exchange: community, students, researchers.

Dr Mary Richards, Reader/Programme Director BASc Global Challenges