Over the last 50 years, the air transport industry has changed the world in which we live, contributing to the establishment of a global economy, multi-cultural societies and global mobility. Some city regions have become highly reliant upon the industry. The benefits that have arisen from aviation growth are significant, but so too are the adverse environmental impacts that threaten the growth of the industry at both a local (airport) and global level. Air transport is very popular with the public and many companies are dependent upon the services it delivers. But will this level of global mobility be sustainable in a low-carbon world? Will it be Bali or Blackpool for your summer holidays in 2050?

Callum Thomas is Professor of Sustainable Aviation at the Manchester Metropolitan University, having returned to academia in 1998 after 13 years in the aviation industry. He has since contributed to the establishment of the Centre for Aviation, Transport and the Environment (CATE), a thriving research group within the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences. He has been an advisor to the UK Government and the European Commission on aviation, environmental, and sustainability issues, and in 2008, was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society for his lifetime contribution to aviation.

This event is the first in a planned series of professoriate lectures, to be held over the coming months. These lectures are open to all and are an excellent opportunity to hear from MMU's most distinguished academics in the fields of science and engineering.

Refreshments will be available from 18:00 in MMU's John Dalton building, with the talk beginning at 18:30. This will last around one hour and will include time for audience questions. The event will finish with a drinks reception and further discussion.

Attendance to this event is free of charge but tickets must be booked in advance on Eventbrite.

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