The 2010 Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture & Open Day

When May 13, 2010
from 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
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A record number of people (over 300) attended this year’s Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture by Professor David Mackay FRS, Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government on Energy and Climate Change. Guests included academics, alumni, students and representatives from industry and government.

Lubbock 2010 VIPs
Pictured here from left to right are: Lord Avebury, Chairman of the Lubbock Trust, Professor David Mackay FRS, Professor Guy Houlsby, Head of the Department of Engineering Science

Professor Mackay’s lecture was entitled “Sustainable Energy – without the hot air”. He addressed key energy and climate change issues, which included:

  • If we want to kick our addiction to oil, coal and gas, what are the options?
  • How do renewable sources stack up compared to our energy consumption?
  • Can developed countries live on their own sustainable energy, with no change in lifestyle?
  • Could “new technologies” solve all our carbon dioxide problems?
  • How can each country – and the world – put together an energy plan that adds up?

Professor MacKay laid bare some of the myths and misunderstandings about sustainable energy in a way that was accessible for expert and lay person alike. All in all a fascinating and thought-provoking lecture!

For further information on “Sustainable Energy – without the hot air” please see:


With special thanks to the Trustees of the Maurice Lubbock Memorial Trust for their continued support.


During Lubbock Day the Department of Engineering Science staged a range of exhibitions from spin-outs to the 4th Year Undergraduate Project Exhibition.

With special thanks to the following companies:

  • Mirada Medical - Mirada is a globally recognised brand name in advanced medical imaging and diagnostics.
  • Navetas Energy Management - empowers consumers to manage their energy consumption in a more sustainable and cost effective way.
  • Oxford YASA Motors Ltd - is a young, dynamic and fast-growing company bringing a new generation of high-torque electric motors to market.
  • ISIS Innovation Ltd - Isis Innovation was established by the University of Oxford in 1988 as its wholly owned technology transfer company.

The 4th Year Undergraduate Project Exhibition

The Department’s alumni body, the Society of Oxford University Engineers, has organised the 4th Year Undergraduate exhibition since 2001. This year students exhibited posters, hardware and working computer programmes.

The top four prizes went to:

  • Nathalie Hakim (Lincoln College) for “Screw pile foundations for offshore renewable energy projects”. Nathalie won the Atkins Prize for the best exhibit relating to civil/structural engineering.
  • Toby Miller (Keble College) for “A lot of handwaving – fast human upper-body pose detection”. Toby won the Sony BPRL prize for an exhibit relating to image, video or audio processing.
  • Wayne Paes (Wadham College) for “Isolation of pig skin collagen for use in tissue scaffolds,” which won the Best Poster prize.
  • Chris Wilkinson (Lincoln College) for “A 3D ultrasound tomography scanner,” which won the Best hardware prize.

The judges were: Gareth Jones, Manish Pindoria, Jonathan Rhodes-James and Lynsey Thomas.

With special thanks to the following sponsors for donating prizes: Atkins, Sony BPRL and GlaxoSmithKline.