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2 June, 2016 - Swamp Dialogues

Time: 17:30:00 - 19:00:00

Swamp Dialogues (Romania, 2015, 53 min) by Ildikó Zonga Plájás (with English subtitles) The Danube Delta in Romania – the ‘Last European Sanctuary’ – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While major efforts are made to protect biodiversity, the plight of local communities is largely overlooked. Social scientists claim that the traumatic nature of the swamp bears heavily on the villagers’ lives. But is Nature really to blame? Swamp Dialogues is based on extensive field-research in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. Through a ‘argument montage’ built entirely on cinematic language the film entails an anthropological reflection on knowledge production in social sciences. The screening will be introduced by Eszter Tarsoly. Following the screening, there will a discussion lead by Sahil Nijhawan and Rafael Chiaravalloti.

Location: B404 LT 2, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Agniya Dremach

Email: a.dremach@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 8708

7 June, 2016 - Big data and intelligent policing

Time: 09:30:00 - 18:00:00

Organised by UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

In May 2012, UCL began working with the Metropolitan Police Service on a major EPSRC-funded research project on Crime, Policing and Citizenship (CPC). The motivation was to develop new methods and applications in space-time analytics and emergent network complexity. Throughout the funding period, CPC has uncovered patterning in crime, policing and citizen perceptions, at a range of spatial and temporal scales. The research team has been avowedly inter-disciplinary, drawing on geoinformatics, crime science, geography and computer science, and the over-arching objective has been to engineer effective solutions to real world crime problems. This workshop will close the project by presenting the outcomes of the research. It will also provide a forum to discuss the role of Big Data in aspects of life that lie beyond intelligent policing. The workshop will be used to disseminate the findings across policing, government, industry and academia.

Location: Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Contact: Tao Cheng

Email: tao.cheng@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 2738

8 June, 2016 - Up Close and Policy: academics in conversation with policymakers

Time: 11:00:00 - 12:30:00

This Up Close and Policy event will bring together senior academic Prof Georgina Mace (UCL Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research) and external policymaker Adam Memon from the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. They'll discuss their experience of academic–policy interaction, offer their views on the complexities of policy engagement and answer your questions on opportunities and pitfalls. Have you ever wondered how research can inform policy decisions? Are you unsure of the best routes for engagement with public policy? Do you want to know more about when and how to communicate research to policymakers? Up Close and Policy sessions offer the chance to hear from UCL academics and policymakers on their experience of academic–policy engagement, the insights they have gained, and what they consider the key lessons for successful engagement.

Location: B05, Chadwick Building, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: UCL Public Policy

Email: public-policy@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: Please email

9 June, 2016 - EU Referendum: environmental & climate change consequences for the built environment

Time: 18:00:00 - 20:00:00

Organised by Built Environment - The Bartlett

The EU Referendum is a once in a generation event, the outcome of which will ultimately be driven by the vote of UK citizens. It has brought an opportunity to reflect and act on Britain’s standing within the EU and our relationship with it. It can remind us where Britain was before we joined the EU, what we have accomplished as full members with other EU nations to arrive where we are now, and what made Britain want to renegotiate our relationship with the EU. The key question that the referendum raises is: How has the EU membership affected the UK and what might change in the event of a vote to Remain or Leave? One important aspect that deserves examination is the consequences of the different referendum options for Britain's environmental & climate change legislation and practices in the built environment. This has not been given much discussion and limited information exists for what this means...

Location: Darwin LT, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Kiran Dhillon

Email: k.dhillon@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 5935

22 June, 2016 - Weathering climate change in Eastern Africa: Predictions, power and politics

Time: 14:00:00 - 17:00:00

This half day interdisciplinary workshop aims to explore the nature of current climate predictions for Eastern Africa and the broad social and political implications of these predictions. Conference papers from a range of disciplines will draw on both physical and social scientific data and ground these in empirical case-studies from the region. Speakers will be largely drawn from UCL and partner organisations and will showcase the disciplinary breadth of climate change research being undertaken by UCL in the region.

Location: IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Hannah Sender

Email: hannah.sender.13@ucl.ac.uk


24 June, 2016 - Climate change – the greatest threat to human rights in the 21st century

Time: 18:15:00 - 19:30:00

Organised by UCL Political Science

UCL’s Global Governance Institute and Unicef UK are pleased to invite you to an event addressing the challenges that climate change poses for human rights, and how action to tackle this represents not only a moral imperative, but an obligation under human rights law. With a key-note lecture by Mr John Knox, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, the public debate will consider the implications of the recently-adopted Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as prospects for promoting human rights in climate action, as Governments and other actors seek to realise these new global frameworks.

Location: B3.04 LT1, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Monica Barbone

Email: m.barbone@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9289

29 June, 2016 - eResearch Domain launch

Time: 14:00:00 - 18:00:00

The UCL eResearch domain brings together the community across UCL who perform theoretical and applied research into computational and data sciences and digital technologies to enhance UCL’s environment for research and teaching in this field. Join us at this exciting launch event: • Find out about collaborative, funding or training opportunities • Tell us your priorities for the domain • What would you do if there was £2 million funding? • Take opportunity to network with researchers across all UCL faculties and ISD • Discover the diversity of UCL’s research Call for speakers We are looking for speakers from all faculties to represent the diversity of UCL’s research. You will have 1 minute to present your slide during the lightening talk session and there will be a prize for the best presentation! PhD students and early stage postdocs are especially encouraged to apply. If you would like to be considered for the event please complete online form by the 10th June 2016.

Location: Main Quad Pavilion, Wilkins Building, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Louise Chisholm

Email: eresearch@ucl.ac.uk