The 2018 Lolo Colloquium was held at London’s Building Centre. It was the perfect building to host the event, with exhibitions displaying the architectural visions of London’s future taking place upstairs, juxtaposing the conversation of how to best tackle the problem of climate change within the built environment taking place below.
The day started with an introduction from Professor Robert Lowe outlining the success of current Lolo students within academia. The day proceeded with final year student presentations from Catherine Willan (UCL), Ben Roberts (LU), Matej Gustin (LU) and by Frances Hollick (UCL). This platform gave the students the chance to engage with industry experts and other academics to see how their work relates to real-life applications and diverse perspectives.
After the poster session, where current Lolo students presented their project posters, the main keynote was given by Dr. Paul Deane, a research fellow from Ireland’s Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI). Paul’s lively and engaging keynote presented the problem of GHG emissions from a historical perspective, allowing those in industry and students alike to engage in questions as to how this can best be remedied within our respective fields. The presentation placed energy consumption in a historical perspective, highlighting the speed at which previous transitions have occurred which gave hope for positive change. It showed a history of human consumption being dependent on different fuel sources, making it possible to believe societal changes, such as a shift towards renewable energy, are indeed possible.
Following the keynote, the poster session winner was announced as Matt Li (LU) with Giorgos Petrou (UCL) taking runner-up. The day ended with further networking, offering students an opportunity to ask their final questions and leave the day feeling enthusiastic about their roles within energy studies.
Author: Lizzie Francis Loughborough University
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Conference booklet including full programme, student biographies & posters [PDF]