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STEaPP at CSD&M Asia 2014

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Two members of STEaPP faculty, Jeremy Watson, Professor of Engineering Systems, and Brian Collins, Professor of Engineering Policy, presented papers at the 1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Complex System Design & Management (CSD&M). The event, held at National University of Singapore, aimed to be a forum for all academic researchers and industrial actors who are interested in complex industrial systems engineering, and to become an academic-industrial conference of reference in the scientific field of complex industrial systems architecture & engineering.

Summary: #ClimateSecurity Tweetathon

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On Tuesday 25 November, Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti took part in a tweetathon organised by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). This global twitter Q&A relay focused on the impact of climate change on the areas of life you might not expect. The event was part of a wider #BackClimateAction initiate. Tweets from the #ClimateSecurity conversation are listed below and can also be viewed on Storify.

Article: Research, meet market research

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Research Fortnight

Dr Kathryn Oliver, Provost Fellow in Knowledge and Policy Networks at STEaPP, writes in Research Fortnight on how academics can learn from businesses when choosing and marketing their projects.

Climate Security Tweetathon - 25 November

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STEaPP Honorary Professor and Director of Strategy Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti will take over the Department's Twitter account for the #ClimateSecurity Tweetathon on Tuesday 25 November. The event is organised with the UK Foreign Office, the Centre for Climate and Security and Centre for a New American Security and is part of a wider #BackClimateAction campaign. 

Report: UK cities spend £23 million annually on IT

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Delivering Smart Cities

A new report by UCL STEaPP Research Associate, Dr Ellie Cosgrave and Arup reveals that UK city authorities spend an average of £23 million a year each on IT, which is 6% of their total expenditure.
The study, ‘Delivering the Smart City’, released today was produced on behalf of the Smart City Expo World Congress. It analyses the spending patterns of eight major UK cities to gain an understanding of how much money cities are paying for technology, as well as considering whether this expenditure is ‘smart’. 

Dr Jason Blackstock comments on geoengineering in a New York Times article

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UCL STEaPP Head of Department, Dr Jason Blackstock, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Dr Pablo Suarez, feature in a recent New York Times article ahead of a National Academy of Sciences report on geoengineering.

Real Admiral Neil Morisetti speaks at parliamentary briefing on the implications of the latest IPCC report for the UK

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Director of Strategy at STEaPP, Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, took part in a parliamentary briefing organised by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU).


What does the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment mean for the UK? Experts assess risks and opportunities for sectors including health, national security, food and farming, business and energy.

UCL MAPS and Engineering Postgraduate Open Day

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Open Day 2015

UCL's Postgraduate open day for Engineering and Mathematical & Physical Sciences will take place on 14 January 2015.

Article: Rethinking the relationship between science and society

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UCL STEaPP researcher Despina Biri has published an article in Health Expectations 'Rethinking the relationship between science and society: Has there been a shift in attitudes to Patient and Public Involvement and Public Engagement in Science in the United Kingdom?'

UCL STEaPP involvement in the IPCC Synthesis Report

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IPCC Synthesis Report

Arthur Petersen, Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy, and Yacob Mulugetta, Professor of Energy and Development Policy,  were present in Copehagen for the Plenary Session of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Professor Mulugetta is a member of the Core Writing Team of the IPCC Synthesis Report and plays a lead role in that team as topic facilitator for the topic ‘adaptation and mitigation measures’. Professor Petersen is a member of the Dutch government delegation. The report has been widely featured by international media, a selection of the coverage is listed below.

Job Opportunity at UCL STEaPP - Senior Teaching Fellow

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UCL STEaPP are recruiting a Senior Teaching Fellow to join our staff.

The Senior Teaching Fellow will assume the post of Senior Teaching Fellow and Course Coordinator for UCL STEaPP's progressional degree programme: Master of Public Administration (MPA). The post holder will coordinate the delivery of, and support the coherence and enhancement of, the MPA programme. They will promote the development of experiential teaching methods and e-learning techniques.

Job Opportunity at UCL STEaPP - Finance Officer

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UCL STEaPP are recruiting for a Finance Officer to join our staff.

The Finance Officer will specialise in administering the financial activities of the department, including ensuring effective procedures are documented and adopted, and processing financial transactions. The postholder will provide financial information and reports for senior staff so that expenditure is effectively monitored. They will take responsibility for monitoring grants, budgets and expenditure enquiries.

Professor Jeremy Waston is appointed new chief scientist for BRE

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The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has appointed STEaPP Professor of Engineering Systems Jeremy Watson to lead its research work. Professor Watson will undertake this role alongside his work at UCL.

Arthur Petersen is announced as a new member of the International Risk Governance Council

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Arthur Petersen, Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy at UCL STEaPP has been appointed to the International Risk Governance Council. IRGC aims to reach a global community of public and private policymakers while simultaneously ensuring a strong local, contextual and cultural rooting. In order to achieve this aim, IRGC has adopted a decentralized structure and facilitates a network of academic and scientific institutions active in the field of risk governance.

Case Study: The Emergence of the Geoengineering Debate Within The IPCC (Case Study)

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Arthur Petersen, Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy at UCL STEaPP has contributed a case study to 'Geoengineering Our Climate?', a working paper series on the ethics, politics and governance of climate engineering - the intentional manipulation of the global climate to counteract climatic change. Professor Petersen has analysed IPCC reports since 1990 to determine how geoengineering has emerged, and the response it has received from IPCC users.

Lessons learned as a departmental chief scientific advisor

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Jeremy Watson, Professor of Engineering Systems at UCL STEaPP, has written about the challenges and lessons-learned during his time as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Communities and Local Government. The article is part of a series of blog posts accompanying the recent Science Advice to Governments conference in Auckland, New Zealand. 

What skills to future science advisors need?

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UCL STEaPP ran two events as part of the Science Advice to Governments conference in Auckland. Developing effective science advisory systems requires building the capacity of individuals and institutions to fulfil a diverse range of advisory requirements. The aim of the panel and roundtable events was to scope the capacity-building needs across a range of cultural and political contexts, and governance scales (local through transnational). 

Catalyst Grant: Environmental & System Stewardship for Greenland’s Rare Earth Elements

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UCL STEaPP Provost Fellow Beverley Gibbs has been awarded one of five Research Catalyst Grant by UCL ISR/UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction (GCII).

Article: New directions in evidence-based policy research - a critical analysis of the literature

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UCL STEaPP Provost Fellows Dr Theo Lorenc and Dr Kathryn Oliver, and Dr Simon Innvaer (Oslo University) have published a critical essay based on their earlier systematic review of barriers to and facilitators of evidence use in policy.

Video: Resilience and Interdependencies in City Systems - Professor Jeremy Watson at Base London

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Watch Jeremy Watson, UCL STEaPP Professor of Engineering Systems speaking at the 2014 Base London event at Guildhall on 26 June 2014. Base London 2014, the fifth anniversary event, forms an integral part of the Tomorrow's City programme; a series of activities underpinning the current Lord Mayoral term that seeks to explore how London can continue to be as successful in the future as it has in the past.

UCL STEaPP at Understanding Risk Forum

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Between Monday 30 June and Friday 4 July, UCL STEaPP, the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, and Willis Reinsurance hosted the third Understanding Risk Forum. The first three days of the Forum were held at ExCel Centre, Docklands. Following the main programme, STEaPP hosted two days of workshops, training and side-events on at the UCL Bloomsbury campus.

Edinburgh Lecture by Professor Jeremy Watson: Challenges and Opportunities in Future Cities

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On Tuesday 27 May 2014, Jeremy Watson, UCL STEaPP Professor of Engineering Systems, and Vice-Dean of Engineering Sciences gave a lecture to an invited audience at The Royal Society of Edinburgh, titled "Challenges and Opportunities in Future Cities".

Article: Negative stereotypes about the policymaking process hinder productive action toward evidence-based policy

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STEaPP Provost Fellows Kathryn Oliver and Theo Lorenc have co-written a post with Simon Innvar, Jenny Woodman, and James Thomas for the LSE Impact of Social Science blog on the issues and unanswered questions around the use of evidence in policy. 

What's the Impact of the Research Impact Agenda?

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Article by Dr Kathryn Oliver

What’s the impact of the research impact agenda?

Complexity Science for the Real World Conference - Models for Real World Policy

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The Royal Society (25th April 2014)

Article by Dr Carla Washbourne

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