Global Challenges Roundtable: Food, Water and Heat – London

· London



The SRUK Global Challenges roundtables and seminar series opened last Wednesday 11th of April with an event around Food, Water and Heat, in collaboration with the London Southbank University. The event brought together the expertise of Dr Luiza Campos, Ms Sophia Flucker and Dr Paula Dominguez-Salas, covering topics as different as water satiation, food sustainability and heat, all of them key elements for a sustainable future.

Dr Campos gave an excellent overview of the importance of water sanitation and the different technologies that are available to accomplish that goal, not all suitable for everyplace. Ms Flucker, in turn, revealed to most of the audience the enormous energy requirements of data centres – where all our life in the internet resides – and the opportunities to reduce that consumption and re-use the heat generated in other applications. Finally, Dr Dominguez-Salas pointed out the extreme importance of animal sourced foods, specially in developing countries, where they represent the different between life and death.

The talks were followed by a roundtable, food and drinks, courtesy of the Global Challenges Institute, where the attendees had the opportunity to further discuss with the speakers on these key topics for the future of humankind.



When?: Wednesday 11th April 2018 18:00-21:00
Where?: DC 12/13 Clarence Centre
London South Bank University, The Clarence Centre
6 St George’s Circus, London, SE1 6FE

The society of Spanish Researchers in UK (SRUK) is pleased to present this interdisciplinary event organised in collaboration with the London Southbank University (LSBU).

We will have three outstanding speakers from different sectors followed by Q&A and a collaborative roundtable.
The speakers will give us an insight into their research, developed in the UK and used to generate a global result. You will have the opportunity to listen about the Global Challenges that humankind faces in order to produce sustainable food, purified water and newly-sourced heat, all three included in the UN´s Sustainable Development Goals.
This event will be a great opportunity to be inspired by the need for scientific interdisciplinarity and collaboration to tackle problems related to sustainability. As it happens, Partnership for the Goals is also a United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals!

18:00 – 18:20 Registration
18:20 – 18:30 Welcome and Introduction by Dr Monica Ganan (London South Bank University) and Dr Lorenzo de la Rica (London Constituency Director, SRUK)
Chaired by Dr Larissa Zarate-Garcia
18:30 – 18:55 “Water and sanitation technologies – challenges and opportunities in urban areas” by Dr Luiza Campos, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, University College London
18:55 – 19:20 “Heat recovery opportunities from data centres” by Sophia Flucker, Director of Operational Intelligence
19:20 – 19:45 “The challenges of improving nutrition in low- and middle-income countries: the case for Animal- Source Foods” by Dr Paula Dominguez-Salas, Assistant Professor at the Department of Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
19:45 – 20:15 Roundtable/discussion/Q&A
20:15 – 21:00 Nibbles, Drinks and Networking