Future of Transport: Decarbonising a complex system

26 September 2023, 5pm


Future of Transport: Decarbonising a complex system

Date: Tuesday 26 September 2023

Time: 5:30pm-6:45pm followed by drinks and networking

Venue: Peterhouse, Cambridge

The 2023 Annual Cleevely Lecture was delivered by Professor Sarah Sharples, Chief Scientific Adviser in the Department for Transport.
In her talk, Professor Sharples discussed the seismic changes that we can and must see to the transport network in our lifetimes. She will emphasise the importance of collaboration between government, industry and academia to collectively tackle the complex, multifactorial challenges facing the transport network.

Among these is decarbonisation, and the necessity to avert a climate crisis through achieving net zero, with the vast and rapid rollout of electric vehicles, battery-powered trains, and sustainable aviation fuels. She will also discuss the opportunities presented by emerging technologies, enabling us to improve the way in which we travel, including the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to introduce self-driving vehicles to our roads, revolutionising public transport accessibility and availability. Her talk will focus on the importance of taking people with us to ensure that these changes are safe, and have a positive impact on people, society, industry, and the economy.

You can read a summary of her talk here.
Professor Sarah Sharples

Sarah Sharples is Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Transport. She is a Professor of Human Factors in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham and from 2018 to 2021 was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and People.

Professor Sharples has led research in transport, manufacturing and healthcare, and currently leads the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Connected Everything Network Plus.

She founded and is co-director of the EPSRC Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), and has led research programmes examining implementation of new technologies in rail, highways and aviation.

She was President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors from 2015 to 2016.


The Annual Cleevely Lecture Series

In 2021, the inaugural Cleevely Lecture was given by Angela McLean. CSaP's Annual Lecture Series began in 2011 with a talk by John Beddington (then GCSA). Lectures since then have included Chris Whitty (2017), Ed Humpherson (2019), Sally Davies (2020), and in 2022 Indro Mukerjee.

Dr David Cleevely was CSaP’s Founding Director from its inception in 2009 until he stepped down in 2015. We are very grateful to David for supporting and giving his name to this lecture series.

Professor Sarah Sharples

Department for Transport (DfT)