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February 2018

Newton Machine Exhibition @CCCB

1 February 2018 - 15 April 2018
CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona), Montalegre 5
Barcelona, Spain

We were delighted to win the Cultural Innovation International Prize 2017, awarded by CCCB Art Gallery in Barcelona, for our project, The Newton Machine. The Newton Machine is a design manual and prototype for an energy storage device, made with a local community using their tools, spare parts, and expertise. It takes us from the power socket, ‘through the wall’ to the energy infrastructure behind. We in the Reconstrained Design Group worked with Eday island, Scotland, to create this exhibition…

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March 2018

Smart Energy Summit, Brussels

8 March 2018

Along with representatives from data and energy industries, from Tesla and Microsoft, through to Delta and the EU Commission, I've been invited to give an industry talk on Smart Society. This will be focused on energy and data landscapes in transition, as we move from centralised to distributed energy and data networking. The event is being hosted by SmartEn, Smart Energy Europe, the industry association of market players driving digital and decentralised energy solutions. The event will also be live-streamed.…

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June 2018

Under Her Eye: Women & Climate Change panel

1 June 2018
British Library London, United Kingdom

Exciting times ahead. I've been invited to participate in a panel discussion at Under Her Eye: Women & Climate Change, an event at British Library, organised by the wonderful Lucy Wood and colleagues at Invisible Dust. Under Her Eye is an international arts-science summit and festival curated by Invisible Dust, as part of the 2018 Suffrage Centenary and headlined by Booker-prize winning author, Margaret Atwood. It celebrates the role of women taking action on climate change... and the line up…

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July 2018

Sublime Electric Worlds @ EASST2018

25 July 2018 - 28 July 2018
Lancaster University, Bailrigg Campus
Lancaster, United Kingdom

Looking forward to returning to Centre for Science Studies, Lancaster University, for EASST 2018 in July, the great bi-annual European STS conference. The theme this year is 'Meetings - Making Science, Technology and Society together'. I'm giving a talk 'We Come to Sublime Electric Worlds' as part of session A13 'Of Other Landscapes' convened by Endre Dányi and Michaela Spencer, which means it's going to be a good one. Come and chat with us. Get in touch if you're also…

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August 2018

Petrocultures 2018 keynote in Glasgow

29 August 2018 - 1 September 2018
University of Glasgow United Kingdom

There's a fantastic line up for Petrocultures 2018 in Glasgow, including my energetic colleagues and collaborators from Cultures of Energy, Rice University, Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe. Call for papers closes on 2 February. Petrocultures is motivated by the core notion that the humanities and social sciences have significant input to add to both knowledge of oil and energy and the irrevocable process of transformation. This is the first Petrocultures conference to be held outside North America. Scotland is an…

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September 2018

ASLE (Literature & Environment) keynote in Orkney

5 September 2018 - 7 September 2018
University of Highlands & Islands, Orkney Kirkwall, United Kingdom

Thrilled to be giving a keynote at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland) conference this year, which is being held in Orkney! The conference is happening in conjunction with the Orkney International Science Festival. There's a great line up already: other keynotes include poet and artist, Alec Finlay, as well environmental researcher and consultant, Gareth Davies. Call for papers is open until 1st March. Otherwise, hope to see you in Kirkwall in September.   Details…

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Orkney International Science Festival (Kirkwall and Eday)

6 September 2018 - 8 September 2018

So, this year, I'll be taking two turns at the Orkney International Science Festival. Ebban An' Flowan 6 September 9.30 - 10.30 Town Hall, Kirkwall On Thursday, I'm in conversation with fellow Edinburgh poet, Alec Finlay, and Orkney environmental consultant, Gareth Davies. The three of us will reflect together on the development and insights in the collection, Ebban An' Flowan, the world's first poetic primer to marine renewable energy. Tickets available at the OISF website. Eday Newton Machine Evening 8…

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November 2018

Lapland Keynote @ Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences

22 November 2018 - 23 November 2018
University of Lapland Rovaniemi, Finland

Watch the video of my keynote... Snowshoes on and join a truly wonderful line up of speakers and sessions at the Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences (YHYS) Annual colloquium, being held this year at University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, in November. Keynoting around the theme of NatureCultures are: Philip Vannini (Royal Roads University), who will be talking about life off grid, Rauna Kuokkanen (University of Lapland) is speaking on indigenous relationality, and Paivo Kinnunen (University of Oulu) will talk about…

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February 2019

Orkney Energy Futures: Book Launch and Talks

21 February @ 19:30 - 21:30

Book launch and talks inspired by my new book, 'Energy at the End of the World: an Orkney Islands Saga' published this month by MIT Press. More than a book launch, a celebration of reflection of Orknery energy futures. Featuring discussion and work by Anne Bevan, Pamela Beasant, Gareth Davies, Clive Brookes, Mark Hull, and Neil Kermode. Free entry. Book readings. Author signing. Short film. Poetry. Energy (and energetic) discussion. Celebratory glass of something. All welcome. People. Place. Art. Energy.…

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Edinburgh Book Launch @Blackwell’s

28 February @ 18:30 - 20:00
Blackwell’s South Bridge, 53-62 South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1YS United Kingdom
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I am really excited to announce that the Edinburgh launch for my book on Orkney's energy future is happening... Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga "The islands of Orkney, off the northern coast of Scotland, are closer to the Arctic Circle than to London. Surrounded by fierce seas and shrouded by clouds and mist, the islands seem to mark the edge of the known world. And yet they are a center for energy technology innovation, from marine energy to hydrogen…

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