Visualising public engagement with marine renewable energies

Visualising public engagement with marine renewable energies

An exhibition and seminar about sea-based renewable energy and its contribution to addressing climate change.

A Festival of Social Science exhibition
Date12 - 13 November 2015
Time10:00 to 17:00
PlaceThe Poly, Falmouth

These events about sea-based renewable energy sources and technologies and their potential contribution to addressing challenges such as climate change and energy security, will reveal how these technologies are perceived to impact upon an example coastal environment – Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

About the event

Renewable energy sources such as wave, tide and offshore wind provide clean, green and locally available energy to coastal and island areas.

Whilst these energy sources are popular (at least in terms of results from opinion polls), few instances of real-world projects exist even if some offshore wind farms are beginning to emerge around the UK coast.

For wave and tidal energy, the technologies to harness them are still in development and they are relatively expensive. They therefore present a challenge for public engagement – what is the best way to make familiar and meaningful what are as yet largely unknown and unfamiliar technologies?

This event builds on a research project funded by ESRC and the Guernsey Government that has developed new methods of public engagement that render unfamiliar technologies – and their local impacts - more familiar to publics through the use of photography and mapping.

Event programme

Exhibition: 11.00 - 17.00 Thursday 12 November, and from 10.00 - 16.00 on Friday 13 November.

Seminar: 10.00 - 14.00 Friday 13 November. To view details about the seminar please visit the webpage.

ProviderFestival of Social Science
OrganizerProfessor Patrick Devine-Wright

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