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Dr Mary Archer to lecture on solar energy

Dr Mary Archer is to give a public lecture on alternative energy sources at the University of St Andrews next week (Tuesday 14 May 2002).

World energy consumption is increasing as developing countries aspire to the living standards of the developed world but the growth in fossil fuel consumption places the global climate at risk, oil depletion looms in the medium term and more sustainable alternatives must be developed to power tomorrow’s world. Fortunately, increased energy efficiency, novel energy storage technologies, advanced fuel conversion technologies and a rich range of emergent renewable technologies hold out the promise of more sustainable power in future energy supplies.

Dr Archer is a scientist specialising in the direct conversion of solar energy to chemical fuels or electric power. Among her many contributions to academic and public life, Dr Archer is President of the National Energy Foundation which promotes energy efficiency; Visiting Professor at Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy and Technology; Vice-Chairman of Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust; and has served on the DTI Energy Advisory Panel and as a Trustee of the Science Museum. Dr Archer is a Companion of the Institute of Energy and was Chairman of the National Energy Foundation from1988 to 2000.

Mary Archer obtained her PhD in Physical Chemistry at Imperial College, London. She spent 10 years as Official Fellow and College Lecturer in Chemistry at Newnham College, Cambridge and Lector in Chemistry at Trinity College, Cambridge. She is editor of a series of books published by Imperial College Press on Photoconversion of Solar Energy, with titles including Clean Electricity from Photovoltaics and Molecular to Global Photosynthesis.

The event will be held in the Purdie Lecture Theatre B, North Haugh, St Andrews at 5.30pm on Tuesday 14 May 2002.

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NOTE TO EDITORS – For more information, please contact Frank Riddell, Provost of St Leonard’s College and Pro Dean for Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Science, University of St Andrews on 01334 463815 – or Claire Grainger, contact details below.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: mary archer/standrews/chg/10may2002

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