The University of Adelaide runs a series of talks (along the lines of the now famous TED talks) that cover a wide range of subjects. Each of the subjects is very varied, but the thing they have in common is that they are well researched and usually very well presented by some experts in their fields.

I recently went to a talk given by Katja Hogendoorn about the plight of bees (particularly Australian native bees), which was fascinating.

I recently became aware of another talk, which might also be of interest. There is currently a heap of discussion about climate change and the impact we may or may not be having upon this planet as a result of our dependence on fossil fuels.

POSITIVE CHARGE is a talk to be given at the University of Adelaide as part of this series of talks. I include a link here if you wish to find out more or book a place. It is free.

The presenters

Professor Gus Nathan directs the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology. He is the recipient of an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award, and in 2014 was recognised by the Australian Institute of Energy as its inaugural Energy Professional of the year (SA).

Professor Rachel Burton heads the University of Adelaide’s Department of Plant Science. She is also a former leader of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls’ South Australian node, and was a Chief Investigator in the centre’s research program. She has a particular interest in the use of plant biomass for renewable energy and feedstock.

David Vowles is a senior electrical and electronic engineer in the University of Adelaide’s Power Systems Dynamics Group. He regularly collaborates with government and the power industry on high-level R&D to enhance power system performance control, analysis and modelling.