Prof Averil Macdonald & Prof Alun Vaughan of the University of Southampton – ‘Please don’t buy an Electric Car’
“Everyone seems to think that electric cars are an excellent way to reduce pollution and our reliance on fossil fuels. But it’s not that simple. Averil will explain the serious difficulties and threats that electric cars could bring, and consider the choices and life-style changes that we will all have to adopt to move to a totally green electric world. Alun will describe the huge technological challenges in generating and transmitting the electricity we will demand and the current research being undertaken to achieve this and how young engineers are crucial to moving us to a low carbon energy world”.
Averil Macdonald is Professor Emerita at the University of Reading leads on both Research Impact and on Diversity for SEPnet, the South East Physics Network and is Chair of UKOOG, the representative body for UK onshore oil and gas.
Averil was awarded an OBE in 2015 for contributions to women in science and engaging the public with science. She has received many other awards and is obviously an outstanding woman in her field.
Alun S. Vaughan has a B.Sc in chemical physics and a Ph.D. degree in polymer physics. After working at the UK’s Central Electricity Research Laboratories and spending a period as an academic at The University of Reading. He was, until taking semi-retirement, Head of the Electronics and Electrical Engineering research group at the University of Southampton. Prof. Vaughan is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a Fellow of the IET.