• 20 June 2016

Cutting-edge ECI research takes to the stage at Low Carbon Oxford Week

Photo: Young members of the public try out the new thermal imaging selfie craze at Low Carbon Oxford's Big Green Day Out on 4 June 2016.

Photo: Young members of the public try out the new thermal imaging selfie craze at Low Carbon Oxford's Big Green Day Out on 4 June 2016.

Oxford came alive with a jam-packed programme of environmentally themed events for Low Carbon Oxford Week, 11-19 June 2016.

ECI’s agile-ox joined in the fun, kicking off proceedings with a stall at the Big Green Day Out on Broad Street (4 June) - complete with a popular ‘guess the shape on the cake’ competition (answer: a model of peak energy demand in the UK, made of icing), Phantom the drone and thermal imaging selfies.

The fun continued through the week, with agile-ox organising 4 events to put cutting-edge Oxford-relevant research in the lime-light and engage the public and key local stakeholders in future opportunities to get involved.

In relation to Oxford’s flood problems, Dr Friederike Otto gave a talk introducing the ‘dark art’ of climate attribution, explaining how scientists use models and citizen science to understand causal links between climate change and extreme weather. In association with the UPP and Outdoor Swimming Society, we hosted a one-off screening of the stunning documentary ‘Watermark’, complete with an Oxfordshire water research showcase and wild swim. Dr Phil Grunewald brought together the community for an evening of 'Power Struggle' role play, centred around his research into energy demand, and Professor Danny Dorling gave a talk on the big questions of pollution and inequality.

All the events were popular and well-received, and attracted a varied audience from across community, local government and business.

"It was great to see so many local people engage in the ECI's research and learn about matters which effect them; from climate change and flooding, to 'keeping the lights on' in our homes. Over 150 people attended our events, which took place across 4 evenings at 3 venues in the city and raised more than £250 for Asylum Welcome."

Mim Saxl, Agile-Ox Project Coordinator

Photo: Mim Saxl of agile-ox mans the stall at Low Carbon Week Oxford's Big Green Day out.

Photo: Mim Saxl of agile-ox talks to the public about ECI research at Low Carbon Week Oxford's Big Green Day out.

Photo: Dr Friederike Otto talks about Oxford flooding and climate attribution.

Photo: Dr Friederike Otto talks about Oxford flooding and climate attribution.

Photo: Dr Phil Grunewald using role play to explore ideas of energy demand management.

Photo: Dr Phil Grunewald using role play to explore ideas of energy demand management.

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