UCT Open Lecture Series: Sir Eric Ash

Event date: 27 February 2014 - 27 February 2014

Venue: Kramer Lecture Theatre 1, Wilfred and Jules Kramer Law Building, Cross Campus Road, Middle Campus, Rondebosch, University of Cape Town 
Time: 18:00 (Guests to be seated by 17:45)
RSVP: Your attendance at the lecture can only be accommodated if you RSVP by 26 February 2014 to Megan White-Galant: Tel: 021 650 3730 Email: megan.white-galant@uct.ac.za
Note: Due to limited seating, seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
City: Cape Town
Country: South Africa

Description: The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Dr Max Price, invites students, staff and members of the public to attend the annual Wolfson Memorial Lecture, which this year forms part of the VC’s Open Lecture Series.


TOPIC: “The climate change threat – any room for optimism? A challenge to Science and for Diplomacy”

The climate change threat is arguably the biggest single issue currently facing humanity. Yet, while the view of the relevant scientific community is almost unanimous, there are still “climate change sceptics” who oppose embarking on the actions needed to mitigate the effects of climate change. This lecture will explore some of the reasons for this surprising phenomenon, and the prospects for mobilising the desperately needed international efforts to counter the threat.

About Sir Eric Ash Sir Eric Ash received his education in Electrical Engineering at Imperial College where he also studied for his PhD, under the supervision of Denis Gabor. He then spent two years at Stanford University working on microwave tubes, a theme continued at Standard Telecommunication Laboratories (now Nortel). In 1963 he moved to an academic appointment at the University College London, where he remained until 1985. He was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1977, to the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1978 and to the (US) National Academy of Engineering in 2001.

From 1985 to 1993 he served as the Rector of Imperial College, where he initiated the merger with medical schools. He then spent four years in the Physics department of UCL working on problems in educational technology. In 1997 he was elected as the Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society for a five-year stint. Whilst there, he embarked on a series of reports on energy policy – notably the use of economic instruments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.