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UCC researcher named Royal Irish Academy Science Speaker 2018

17 Apr 2018

Dr Paul Deane, research fellow at the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy and the Environmental Research Institute, has been awarded the title of Engineering and Computer Science Speaker 2018 by the Royal Irish Academy.

This prestigious title is awarded to candidates in the fields of engineering and computer science with exceptional communication and public outreach skills. The awardee is invited to develop a lecture on a topic of their choosing which will be initially delivered in Academy House Dublin on Tuesday, April 17th at 18:00, before being toured around Ireland to four national venues.

Dr Deane’s interactive lecture, entitled ‘The Humble Science of Predicting Our Energy Future’, will examine what might Ireland look like in the year 2050 by addressing questions like: What types of lifestyles will we lead? How much energy will we need and where will it come from? Will our energy be cleaner and more sustainable?

Dr Deane, a scientific advisor to a number of international research projects on clean energy futures, notes that “Today, powerful computer models allow us to simulate many different futures and help us understand how our decisions today can shape tomorrow.  Examining the future however is a humble science as history has shown that the future doesn’t reveal its secrets easily. This talk explores the past and future of energy and shows how science can help us understand how to create a future we want.”

While the event in Dublin is booked out, dates for the rest of the tour will be announced shortly on

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