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21 February 2012 | PR 12/33

World leading climate change expert to speak at Loughborough University

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Sir John Houghton CBE FRS

A unique opportunity to hear a guest lecture by an internationally acclaimed climate change expert is on offer at Loughborough University.

The annual Sir Nevill Mott public lecture is part of the University’s National Science and Engineering Week (NSEW) programme of activities.  Taking place on Wednesday 14 March, this year the lecture will be given by the esteemed scientist Sir John Houghton CBE FRS.

Sir John was Professor of Atmospheric Physics at Oxford University before joining the Meteorological Office as its Director General, and later Chief Executive.  In 1988 on the formation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he was appointed chairman of its Scientific Assessment working group.  The IPCC and Al Gore were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for their efforts in raising awareness about man-made climate change.  Today Sir John is chairman of the John Ray Initiative, an organisation ‘connecting environment, science and Christianity’.

Jackie Baseley, the University’s NSEW coordinator, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to hear one of the country’s top climate change scientists speak.  Sir John has worked at the highest level and his knowledge on man-made climate change and its impact on the earth is second to none.  We are incredibly honoured that he has agreed to give this year’s Sir Nevill Mott lecture.”

The lecture, which is hosted by the Department of Physics, is free to attend and all are welcome, however an understanding of physics principles is recommended.  No booking is required.  The lecture is being held on campus in the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, room T003 from 5.15 – 6.15pm.

For information on all the activities and events taking place at Loughborough University throughout NSEW visit www.lboro.ac.uk/nsew/ or contact Jackie Baseley by emailing j.a.baseley@lboro.ac.uk

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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