Predicting the future: engineering a sustainable society
with Professor Sir Jim MacDonald, Strathclyde University

Synopsis details to be confirmed.

23 April 2020
Proudly Sponsored by:

Professor Sir Jim McDonald (Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde)

Sir Jim McDonald is one of Scotland’s most accomplished engineers, and co-chairs the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board, with the First Minister. He is Chairman of the Independent Glasgow Economic Leadership Board and holds senior business appointments with the Weir Group, Scottish Power, the UK Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the UK National Physical Laboratory.

Born in Glasgow, Sir Jim studied for his first degree in electrical engineering at the University of Strathclyde and started his engineering career as a graduate apprentice on the Scottish Electrical Training Scheme. He worked in the electrical utility sector for seven years and returned to the University of Strathclyde in 1984 as a University Grants Commission New Blood Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. He was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Chair in Electrical Power Systems in 1993 and became Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde in March 2009.

Professor McDonald was awarded a Knighthood in 2012 for services to education, engineering and the economy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Energy Institute. He chairs two of the pan-Scotland research pools in Energy and Engineering and has served as Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Committee.


The event will be held at the Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE

Members and guests are invited to convene between 17:30 and 18:00 for coffee/tea and biscuits (pay-bar available).

Out meeting commences at 18:00. An opportunity for informal discussion between members and guests will follow the presentation in the Cocktail Bar until the commencement of the Discussion Dinner (Chatham House Rule) at about 20:00.

Menu: Dressed crab with pink grapefruit salad., Venison bourguignon with creamed potatoes & seasonal vegetables, Salted caramel & chocolate tart with butterscotch ice cream, Coffee & mints


5.30PM – Meet for Tea, Coffee, Drinks

6PM – Speaker Presentation followed by Q&A

7.30PM – Drinks Reception

8PM – Dinner followed by further Q&A of our speaker under Chatham House rules

10.30PM – Event finishes

Special Venue Information

The Royal Scots Club offers availability of overnight accommodation to SEF members. Contact the Royal Scots Club on +44-131-556-4270 or book here.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Please note that registering for an SEF event does not guarantee you a place until your request is processed and accepted by the SEF. We will operate a ‘wait list’ if our events are over-subscribed with priority being afforded to members of the SEF. DO NOT assume you have a ticket until confirmed by the SEF.

Neither video nor audio recording is permitted at this event.

During our events we actively encourage reasoned debate amongst the audience and with our invited speaker; however, we request that all participants are mindful and respectful to others points of view. Attendees who cannot abide by these simple courteous rules, or who disrupt proceedings or use defamatory remarks, will be invited to leave the presentation and escorted from the building.

We reserve the right to refuse entry to those attendees who do not hold a valid ticket and accompanying proof of identity.