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We are very pleased to invite you to a virtual seminar which will be given by Professor Sir David King as part of the Seminar series for the China Centre, Jesus College.  The lecture, followed by Q&A, will take place from 5 – 6.30pm on Wednesday 3 March.

We warmly invite you to join us for this virtual seminar.  Advance booking is required and places are limited.  We anticipate this event will be fully subscribed.  If you wish to attend please email the China Centre Administrator, Denise Hayles ( and she will be pleased to book a place for you, subject to availability, and send you joining instructions nearer the time.

Professor Sir David King, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Founder & Chair of the Centre for Climate Repair, University of Cambridge, will deliver a lecture on climate risks and COP26. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Professor Sir David King is an Affiliate Partner of SYSTEMIQ Limited and Senior Strategy Adviser to the President of Rwanda. He served as Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, 2008 -2012, Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University, 1993-2000, and Master of Downing College Cambridge 1995-2000.

He was the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, 2000-2007, the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change, 2013-2017, and Chair of Future Cities Catapult, 2012-2016. He has travelled widely to persuade all countries to take action on climate change. He initiated an in-depth risk analysis approach to climate change, working with the Governments of China and India in particular, and initiated a collaborative programme, now known as Mission Innovation, to create a £23bn pa research and development international exercise, which involves 22 countries and the EC, to deliver all technologies needed to complete the transition into a fossil-fuel-free world economy.

Sir David was born in Durban, educated at St John’s College Johannesburg and at Witwatersrand University, graduating in Chemistry and a PhD in physical chemistry.

As Government Chief Scientific Adviser he raised the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the British £1 billion Energy Technologies Institute. He created an in-depth futures process which advised government on a wide range of long term issues, from flooding to obesity. He was Member, the President’s Advisory Council, Rwanda, and Science Advisor to UBS, 2008-12.

Sir David has published over 500 papers on surface science and catalysis and on science and policy, for which he has received many awards, medals etc. and 23 honorary degrees from universities around the world.

He was Elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991; Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002; knighted in 2003; made “Officier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honeur” in 2009.


Wednesday, 3 March, 2021 - 17:00