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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Energy for Development (E4Dev)

13th December 2016, 15:15 to 16:45, Geography building, Room 010

For the December meeting of E4Dev we will be watching a documentary about solar energy coming to a remote isalnd of Bangladesh (Off the Grid: a note from a forgotten Island) and we will be disucssing the Durham Divest campaign and Durham University's open request for submissions of evidence on the issue of divestment.

Film: Off the Grid: 3:15- 3:45pm

We will be gathering to watch a film called Off the Grid: a note from a forgotten Island. Off the Grid is an emotional journey of a disconnected remote island of Bangladesh, their everyday life, hopes & dreams. The film looks at solar energy coming to a remote island in Bangladesh, which has never seen electricity in homes. Guided by a solar engineer, the film focuses on the strength of the islander who remains on the island battling the isolation and loneliness of a disconnected life; those who persist to dream with the small promise solar energy gave them paying a high cost of separation and uncertain future. Trailer of the film

Discussion: Durham Divest campaign 3:45-4:45pm

E4dev is pleased to host a joint session with People and Planet. People and Planet is currently running the Durham Divest campaign. This term, a university-wide student-staff consultation marks the culmination of efforts to encourage Durham University to remove its £1.5 million of investments or 'divest' from industries involved in fossil fuel extraction. We will be meeting to discuss the process and implications of the university divesting, with members of Durham People and Planet to introduce the case. There will also be a discussion on the committee's open request for submissions of evidence, and how all can get involved.

About E4Dev

E4Dev is a group of interdisciplinary researchers and students who meet once a month to share their common interest in energy as it relates to development issues of poverty, unequal energy access, and transitions to renewables. This need not just be about developing world contexts.

This group is open to all academic staff, postgraduates and undergraduates who are working in any energy field, or even who are thinking of extending their research interest into energy.

The group aims to provide an informal space where energy researchers from different disciplines across the university have a chance to meet, learn about each other's work, and discuss and debate key energy issues, especially around the UN ambition for achieving sustainable energy for all. This monthly meeting will also give energy researchers across the university a chance to share information about publications, grants, conferences and collaboration with each other for future research opportunities.

E4Dev is flexible and run by its members.

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