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22 January 2015 | Royal Institution, London, UK


Previous speakers 

This section provides a complete list of the past speakers at this Prestige Lecture. You can also find links to related media for some of the more recent lectures.


Speakers 2000 - 2014




Title of lecture


2014Nick McKeown, Professor of Electrical and Computer Science, Stanford UniversitySoftware Defined Networks and the Maturing of the
Flyer (PDF)
2013Steve Unger, Chief Technology Officer, OfcomSuperfast broadband – what will it take to make it happen?
Slides (PDF)
Script (PDF)
2012Philip Langsdale 
Real Time Heathrow: improving Heathrow's
Slides (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)
2011Dr David Cleevely, FREng, FIET, CEng PhD
Founding Director, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge
What is the future for communications? What does this mean for the UK?
Slides (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)


Professor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE B.Sc.Hons., PhD (Surrey), FRS, FREng., FIET
Executive Chairman - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)
Director - Surrey Space Centre (SSC) 

Small satellites - big futureSlides (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)


Andrew Bud FIET 
Executive Chairman, mBlox Inc. 

Kerstin Mogull 
COO, BBC Future Media & Technology...

New Approaches to Digital Distribution and Broadcasting
Slides (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)


Mike Short
Vice President R&D – Telefónica O2 Europe, Chairman – Mobile Data Association & Visiting Professor – University of Surrey

Digital Mobile Innovation, Investment & Growth 1977 - 2012 
Slides (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)


Professor Michael Walker FREng 
Director of Group Research & Development, Vodafone Group Services Ltd 

Dr Frances Cairncross  
Rector of Exeter College, Oxford University

Wireless Communications – Challenges and Choices
Slides (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)


David Cleevely PhD FIEE
Chairman, Communications Research Network & Industrial Fellow, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory

Is There a Future for Research in Telecommunications?
Slides (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)


Dr Peter Bury
Director of Strategic Resources, Ofcom
Transforming Spectrum Management for the 21st Century – Major New Opportunities for UK Business and Consumers

Script (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)


Professor Martin CaveGetting the Best out of Spectrum: the Role of Markets, Prices and the


Professor Sir John Pendry
Professor of Theoretical Solid State Physics, Imperial College London
The Perfect Lens: Harnessing the Electromagnetic Near
Flyer (PDF)


Professor John Midwinter FRS FREng FIEE FIEEEOptical Communication Systems: the Fast Moving Technology that has Taken 4 Decades to Develop!
Flyer (PDF)


Professor Bodo Reinisch
University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
First Results from the Radio Plasma Imager on the IMAGE SatelliteFlyer (PDF)


Professor Gert Brussaard
Eindhoven University of Technology
Propagation Research for Satellite Communications above 10 GHzFlyer (PDF)



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