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Aeronautical Engineering: Aviation In A Net Zero Carbon Future – A Fantasy, A Hope Or A Reality? With Dr Ian Taylor From University of Glasgow

15th November 2022 @ 13:30 - 14:15

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In this Aeronautical Engineering session, Dr Ian Taylor, Senior Lecturer in the James Watt School of Engineering at University of Glasgow, will run an interactive talk for students on Aviation in a Net Zero Carbon Future: a Fantasy, a Hope or a Reality?

Aviation and Aerospace is a fundamental part of modern society in the 21st century and the ability to travel and connect all parts of the globe has changed how nations and peoples interact. However, almost all current aircraft use carbon based fuels within the propulsion systems.

As the effects of climate change have an increasingly more noticeable and damaging effect on the planet, future aerospace vehicles will need new propulsion systems that reduce or eliminate carbon emissions from the aviation sector.

This session will consider the effects of current aerospace vehicles and will discuss the future challenges that need to be addressed. For example: What new propulsion systems are potentially viable for new aircraft?; What limitations are there to these new technologies and what are the challenges of their implementation?; What is the most likely solution that will be implemented and will that solution be suitable across the sector?

The history of aviation is characterised by significant milestones, from the first powered flight, to flight between continents, the introduction of the jet engine and supersonic flight. This session will hopefully indicate the future potential for a new milestone of low or net zero carbon flight.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Ian Taylor


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying Physics, Maths or Engineering, or with a possible interest in studying Aeronautical Engineering and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying Aeronautical Engineering at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:

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15th November 2022
13:30 - 14:15
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