Zienkiewicz Lecture

Each year we hold a Zienkiewicz Lecture where we welcome a guest speaker from industry and host a formal dinner in Swansea.

The annual lecture is supported by the following organisations:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers, UK
  • International Association for Computational Mechanics
  • Learned Society of Wales, Wales
  • National Research Network, Engineering, Swansea University
  • Swansea University
  • UK Association for Computational Mechanics

Zienkiewicz Lecture 2020

On Wednesday 18th November Swansea University’s College of Engineering will host its fourth Zienkiewicz Lecture.

The guest speaker will be Professor Andy Hopper who will deliver a lecture entitled “Computing for the Future of the Planet”.

Booking linkhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/zienkiewicz-lecture-2020-tickets-124985790865 


Digital technology has become an indispensable and crucial component of our lives, society, and the physical environment.

A framework for the role of computing in dealing with sustainability of the planet will be presented.  The framework has a number of goals: an optimal digital infrastructure, sensing and optimizing the use of resources in the physical world, guaranteeing the performance of indispensable systems, and digital alternatives to physical activities.

Practical industrial examples will be given alongside research goals and societal dilemmas.

Guest Speaker: Professor Andy Hopper

We are delighted to welcome Professor Andy Hopper as our guest speaker for the Zienkiewicz Lecture 2020. Professor Hopper is Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society and Professor of Computer Technology at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include computer systems, sensor-driven and location-aware computing, and using computer technology for sustainability of the planet.

Professor Hopper has pursued academic and industrial careers simultaneously. In the industrial context he has co-founded thirteen spin-outs and start-ups, three of which floated on stock markets, as well as working for multinational companies. The companies he co-founded have received numerous Queen's Awards for Enterprise. He is Chairman of RealVNC Group and lowRISC CIC.

Professor Hopper received the BSc degree from the University College of Swansea (1974) and the PhD degree from the University of Cambridge (1978). He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1996) and of the Royal Society (2006). He was made a CBE for services to the computer industry (2007). He was President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (2012). He is a recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award (2013) and the Royal Society Bakerian Medal (2017).

Andy Hopper headshot

Previous Years

At our Inaugural Lecture in 2017 we hosted a brilliant talk by Professor Dame Ann Patricia Dowling titled 'Towards a Silent Aircraft'. 

In 2018 Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya delivered a lecture entitled ‘The mobility revolution: How innovation in automotive energy systems, intelligent vehicles and service customization will transform how we travel.’

In 2019 Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff delivered a lecture entitled “Supercriticality: from blue fluid to green chemistry”.

Please see photos and videos from each event below.

Zienkiewicz Lecture 2019

Zienkiewicz Lecture 2019

Watch the Zienkiewicz Lecture 2019

Zienkiewicz Lecture 2018

Zienkiewicz Lecture 2018

Zienkiewicz Lecture 2018

Inaugural Zienkiewicz Lecture 2017

Inaugural Annual Zienkiewicz Lecture

Zienkiewicz Lecture 2017