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Public Engagement Project - Finalist in National Competition

'Dreams of a Low Carbon Future' was one of three projects shortlisted (3 out of 230) for the “Engaging Young People” award, in the national Engage Competition run by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). The awards ceremony was held on 11th June, at the Natural History Museum in London and was presented by Prof Alice Roberts. Unfortunately the project didn’t win, but to be shortlisted from so many great entries was a huge achievement.

The team pictured with Alice Roberts (centre)

The project was led by Prof Paul Williams, Director of the Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies, and supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering as part of its Ingenious scheme, which aims to foster creative public engagement with engineering. More than 370 schoolchildren from Yorkshire, 40 Engineering PhD researchers at the University and 20 artists contributed to a 96-page cartoon book, entitled 'Dreams of a Low Carbon Future'.

James McKay, the manager in the DTC for Low Carbon Technologies and managed the project, said: “The aim of the project was to work with young people in schools and other groups and to think about how current environmental issues and the challenges they pose might affect the future of the Earth and its inhabitants.” Following the success of this project we are assured that there is a sequel in the works! For further information contact James McKay.