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Professor Dame Julia King


We are delighted to confirm that Professor Dame Julia King (Baroness Brown of Cambridge) will give the Closing Keynote Address.

Baroness Brown is an engineer, with a distinguished career across senior engineering and leadership roles in both industry and academia. She is a crossbench member of the House of Lords and present Chair of the Carbon Trust.

Her work looks to climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as the low carbon economy. She is Vice Chair of the Committee on Climate Change and Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee; UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador; member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Decarbonising Energy; non-executive director of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. She has served as; Vice-Chancellor of Aston University; non-executive director of the Green Investment Bank and led the King Review on decarbonising transport.

Julia obtained her undergraduate degree and PhD from the University of Cambridge. She started research at Cambridge as the Rolls Royce Research Fellow before lecturing at Nottingham University. She returned to Cambridge University for a number of years before moving to Rolls Royce, where she held a number of positions, including, Head of Materials, Managing Director of Fan Systems and Engineering Director of the Marine Business. She was appointed the chief executive of the Institute of Physics and served as the Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College London.

She has held a number of senior public government appointments and works closely with Government on education and technology matters.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to materials engineering. She is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company, an Honorary Graduate of University of London, Queen Mary, University of Exeter, the University of Manchester and an Honorary Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, Cardiff University and of the British Science Association, the Institutions of Engineering and Technology and the Society for the Environment. In 2010 she gave the Institution of Chemical Engineers 6th John Collier memorial lecture on the challenges and opportunities that surround low-carbon transport. In 2006 she presented the Higginson Lecture. She has been named as an Inspiring Woman Engineer by the Royal Academy of Engineering and was promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2012 for services to higher education and technology.

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