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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

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U3A Northumbria Region Energy Conference

11th April 2018, 09:30 to 16:30, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University, Various

Durham Energy Institute are hosting the first University of the Third Age Energy Conference on 11 April 2018. U3A is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their ‘third age’ to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and informal environment.

If you’re wondering what we mean by the third age - it is a time after you have finished working full-time or raising your family and have time to pursue your interests or just try something new.

U3A has a ‘university’ of members who draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other but there are no qualifications to pass – it is just for pleasure. Learning is its own reward.

It's all voluntary; a typical U3A will be home to many activity groups covering hundreds of different subjects - from art to zoology and everything in between.

Formed over 30 years ago, there are now over 1,000 U3As across the UK, with thousands of interest groups between them and more than 400,000 members nationally - plus we’re growing every day.

We don’t need to be in the energy industry to know how increasingly important it is to our life style. There have been many changes over the years in the types of energy we consume, and how it is produced and delivered, but probably more important, the impact the various forms of energy have on our environment.

Over the past year global conditions have continued to challenge the energy industry, and we have seen significant changes in energy prices and production. The growing importance of ‘Green’ renewable energy, driven by our concern for the environment, is now gaining traction. The actual costs of some of the renewables has seen a dramatic cost reduction, making it a more realistic economic opportunity, and this could change the balance of how we consume energy.

This series of lectures will explore the history and the changes and opportunities related to all areas of this industry and will include sessions on an overview of energy – what it is and how it’s used, a History of Energy (past, present and future): From firewood to fusion, consequences of energy, in terms of development of nations and environmental impacts and social aspects of energy use and fuel poverty.

Members of U3A can register for this event by visiting

The full programme can be viewed here.