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Sustainable Futures Seminar Series: upcoming events

31 Mar 2022

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Sustainable Futures Seminar Series | The Energy Innovation Agency - 14 April 2022 | 11am – 12noon

The Energy Innovation Agency (EIA) established between three Greater Manchester universities, local government and industry has been created with the aim of kick-starting a decade of clean energy innovation to meet the region’s 2038 carbon neutral target.

This event brings together The Energy Innovation Agency and industry partners to discuss the progress so far on clean energy innovation, ways to get involved in this ambitious environmental innovation and action and much more. At the end of the session, you can welcome to participate in a live Q&A to develop your understanding further and get direct answers from our guest speakers.

Sustainable Futures Seminar Series | 21 April 2022 - 2pm - 3:15pm

Dr Jen O’Brien, Academic Lead of Sustainability Teaching and Learning

Talk title: Education for Sustainable Development in a Living Lab approach

Students at The University of Manchester alone, are a 40,000 strong force for change. Imagine the global potential. To harness that force, we are deploying Education for Sustainable Development in a Living Lab approach to partner across and beyond the University to affect sustainable change. Students are equipped and empowered with skills and confidence as they engage in interdisciplinary applied research set by external partners. Our University Living Lab was established as the first of its kind in 2013. Since then students have worked with a huge range of partner organisations, including international consultants, governments, health bodies, charities and local businesses.

Dr Andrew Welfle, Research Fellow, Manchester Environmental Research Institute

Talk title: Bioeconomy Sustainability Indicator Model (BSIM)

Our University has developed a new ‘Bioeconomy Sustainability Indicator Model’ (BSIM) to provide a flexible research tool to assess and compare the sustainability performances of biomass resources, technologies, supply chains etc. This presentation will introduce the BSIM and discuss results from case studies. Also highlighting how perceptions of ‘sustainability’ varies – for industry and government stakeholders sustainability requires the generation of jobs, economic growth; social scientist stakeholders place far greater importance on public acceptance of technologies and impacts on land, food and society etc.