Space weather events: is the Government prepared?

10 November 2010

The Science and Technology Committee takes evidence on the Government's ability to deal with space weather events in a session on scientific advice and evidence in emergencies.

'Space weather' refers to changes in the near-Earth space environment, caused by varying conditions in the sun's atmosphere.


The session starts at 9.30am in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House.

  • Professor Paul Cannon FREng, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Professor Mike Hapgood, Royal Astronomical Society
  • Chris Train, Network Operations Director, National Grid

At 10.30 am

  • Professor Brian Collins, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Phil Evans, Director of Government Business, Met Office
  • Paul Hollinshead, Director of Science and Innovation Group, Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Phil Lawton, Downstream Gas and Electricity Resilience Manager, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Further sessions, including one on cyber security, will be announced in due course. The Committee held a session on swine flu on 20 October and a session on volcanic ash on 3 November.

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