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Appleton Lecture

Software Defined Networks and the Maturing of the Internet

Wednesday 30 April 2014 | Royal Institution, London, UK



Free to attend

This lecture is free to attend for members and non-members of the IET.

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 - 2013




Title of lecture



Steve Unger, Chief Technology Officer, Ofcom

Superfast 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)

Dr 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 future


Slides (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 
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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 Cave


Getting the Best out of Spectrum: the Role of Markets, Prices and the Commons



Professor Sir John Pendry
Professor of Theoretical Solid State Physics, Imperial College London


The Perfect Lens: Harnessing the Electromagnetic Near Field
Flyer (PDF)



Professor John Midwinter FRS FREng FIEE FIEEE


Optical 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 Satellite


Flyer (PDF)



Professor Gert Brussaard
Eindhoven University of Technology


Propagation Research for Satellite Communications above 10 GHz


Flyer (PDF)




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