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SRM Science 2015 - Engineering the Climate

12 - 14 March 2015 - Cambridge, UK . . . . Twitter: @SRMscience #srms15

Studying at Cambridge


Instructions for speakers

Practical information for speakers

Please consult the programme overview to see when your talk has been scheduled.

Keynote lectures last for 30 minutes. We recommend a 25-minute talk with 5 minutes for questions. 

Technical session talks last for 20 minutes, We recommend a 15-minute talk with 5 minutes of questions. At the end of each technical session, there will be 10 minutes of panel-type discussion involving the session chair and the four session speakers. This discussion will focus on the 'known unknowns' in your area - that is, what gaps there are in the current knowledge, and where research efforts could be directed. We encourage you to think about this beforehand, and possibly mention some of these during your presentation.

Lunchtime perspective talks last for 15 minutes. Speakers can decide if this whole time is used for presentation, or if a shorter presentation is given so that there is time for questions from the floor.

There is no requirement to submit full papers, and accepted abstracts will be published in the conference programme. 

Presentation slides can be submitted in advance to , or uploaded on the day of your talk. The computer in the lecture theatre is a PC with Microsoft Powerpoint. We would recommend you prepare your presentation slides as a powerpoint presentation or pdf. Unfortunately speakers will not be able to present directly from their own laptop.

Thinking about responsible innovation

One of the main aims of this conference is to “present and discuss state-of-the-art scientific knowledge relating to SRM with reference to a responsible innovation approach that considers wider ethical, social and governance issues.” Responsible innovation is an approach to change that recognises that technology is embedded in society, and that scientific research directions are influenced by our (personal and collective) motivations and purposes. 

There are four principles of responsible innovation: anticipation, reflexivity, inclusion and responsiveness[1]. Anticipation means that we consider a broad range of possibilities and applications of the research or innovation; reflexivity means that we examine our own motivations and practices; inclusion means that we involve a wide range of people's views in the planning and delivery of research; and responsiveness means that our decisions and actions take into account the foregoing principles.

At SRM Science 2015, we would like to try to incorporate this responsible innovation approach into our technical discussions. To do this, we would encourage speakers to think about their research in light of the four principles, and include their thoughts in their presentation.  Here are some questions to help get started:

What was the motivation for your research? Who will benefit from this research, and why? What are the applications for your research? Did you consult anyone before choosing your research direction? If you planned your research again, is there anything you would do differently?


[1] Stilgoe, Owen and MacNaghten (2013) ‘Developing a framework for responsible innovation’ Research Policy 42(9) doi:10.1016/j.respol.2013.05.008