One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the launch of Project Ukko, a new climate service for wind energy that breaks new ground in the effort to improve the resilience of society to climate variability and change. Join us in the Fireside Chat room to hear Ukko’s interface designer, Moritz Stefaner, in conversation with physicist Dr Ben Still.

Commissioned and developed by FutureEverything, together with The Met Office and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, and data visualisation artist Moritz Stefaner, Project Ukko combines cutting edge climate science and data design to communicate forecasts not over the coming days, but over months, seasons and decades. Understanding future wind conditions can become a crucial enabler for clean energy and climate change resilience, so Project Ukko is an expert tool for wind energy professionals and a major contribution towards Europe’s flagship project supporting the uptake of climate forecast services, EUPORIAS.

Dr Ben Still is a multi-award winning science communicator and physicist. Ben has a PhD in particle physics, and is currently Honorary Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. He has over 8 years of experience researching in the field of neutrino particle physics; developing particle detectors and statistical methods to get physics from their data. Alongside his research career Ben has worked with artists, designers, and illustrators to convey complex physics research in innovative and accessible ways. A published popular science author, he also writes science journalism. A passion for sharing science has also led Ben to teach classroom secondary school science.

Moritz Stefaner works as a “truth and beauty operator” on the crossroads of data visualization, information aesthetics and user interface design. With a background in Cognitive Science (B.Sc. with distinction, University of Osnabrueck) and Interface Design (M.A., University of Applied Sciences Potsdam), his work beautifully balances analytical and aesthetic aspects in mapping abstract and complex phenomena. In the past, he has helped clients like the OECD, the World Economic Forum, Skype, dpa, FIFA, and Max Planck Research Society to find insights and beauty in large data sets. In 2010, he was nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany; his work has been exhibited at Venice Biennale of Architecture, SIGGRAPH, ars electronica and Max Planck Science Gallery. He is part of the advisory boards for the Places and Spaces Exhibit and the Digital Communities category at Prix Ars Electronica, and serves as a reviewing expert for the Future and Emerging Technologies programme of the European Commission.