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Press Invitation: Back to the Future - 150 years of the Royal School of Mines

4 May 2001

Imperial College is holding a scientific symposium to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of one of its four constituent colleges, the Royal School of Mines (RSM).

The celebrations, to be launched by HRH The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of London, will include presentations by distinguished speakers from around the world.

Subjects will cover the five broad areas of activity in the RSM - geology, mining, petroleum, metallurgy and materials.

The Royal School of Mines was founded in 1851, reflecting the importance of coal mining to Britain's industry. In 1907 the merger of the RSM, the City and Guilds College and the Royal College of Science established Imperial College.

Friday 11 May - schedule:

Morning session

11.00 Geological paradigms of the 20th century: progress and regression Professor John Dewey, University of California, Davis, USA

11.45 From sordid toil to the digital age - 150 years of achievement in mining engineering and technology Professor Ted Brown, AC, Universities of Queenland, Australia

12.30 Technology and business - a progress report Sir John Browne, Chairman, BP

Afternoon session

14.30 Materials and structures of the future - from nanometers to meters Professor Tony Evans, Princeton University, USA

15.15 Atomic scale computer simulation of materials Dr Robin Grimes, Imperial College

16.00 Global warming and climate change: the science, the impacts and the politics Sir John Houghton, Meteorological Office, UK

These activities will take place in the Great Hall of the Sherfield Building, Imperial College, South Kensington campus. Nearest tube: South Kensington on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines.

For more details or to reserve your place, please contact:

Penny Coombe, RSM 150 office - +44 (0)20 7594 6468

Abigail Smith
Press Officer, Imperial College
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6701