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Climate scientist Arthur Petersen interview with BBC World Service on listeners' solutions to climate change 

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Arthur Petersen interview with BBC World

Ahead of the Paris Climate talks, Arthur Petersen, a professor at University College London in Science, Technology and Public Policy (STEaPP) and the former environment adviser to the Dutch government, considers your solutions for climate change. Could veganism or planting more roadside trees be the answer?

Infrastructure Commission: what are the opportunities and how should it work?

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Dr Tom Dolan

Dr Tom Dolan, Research Associate and Centre Co-ordinator for the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) has had an opinion piece published in Infrastructure Intelligence on the subject of the newly announced Infrastructure Commission. The piece identifies a set of unique opportunities created by formation of the Infrastructure Commission, and proposes a set of principles that we need the Infrastructure Commission and any infrastructure needs assessment to embody if the value of the opportunity created by formation of the Commission is to be fully realised.

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Planning Adaptive Risk Regulation 2016: Registration now open 

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The Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London (UCL STEaPP) works in partnership with IRGC and organise an international conference on Planning Adaptive Risk Regulation, at UCL, London, UK, 7-8 January 2016.

New leadership for a user-friendly IPCC

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"IPCC reports are not fit for purpose"

Arthur Petersen, Jason Blackstock and Neil Morisetti argue in their Commentary in Nature Climate Change that the IPCC's new leadership needs to promote reforms to make the panel more relevant to the actors that use the organization's information.

Dr Greg Clark and Queen's Birthday Honours

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Dr Greg Clark

UCL City Leadership Initiative Advisory Board co-chair awarded CBE

UCL STEaPP Summer Visiting Fellowship 2015

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UCL’s new department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP) welcomes expressions of interest for its 2015 Summer Visiting Fellowship, with a particular focus on science diplomacy. The Fellow will be visiting UCL STEaPP for the months of June and July 2015 to conduct research related to the role of science and scientific information in diplomacy and global governance, collaborating with UCL STEaPP senior faculty and researchers.

UCL coordinates a £138 million investment in UK infrastructure research

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The final Budget of the current government, delivered on 19 March by Chancellor George Osborne, included an announcement that the UCL-led project – the UK Collaboration for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) – secured up to £138 million of funding subject to a satisfactory business case and the provision of substantial co-funding.

STEaPP drives new Government guide on crime advice about the ‘internet of things’

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New advice to protect businesses and consumers from criminals who target sensitive information controlled by electronic smart devices has been unveiled by the government.

Lecture: The Constitutional Place of Science - Prof Sheila Jasanoff

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2015 STS Haldane Lecture from UCL STS in association with UCL Centre for Law and the Environment and UCL STEaPP.

Professor Yacob Mulugetta attends the IPCC Expert Meeting on Potential Studies of the IPCC Process

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Following the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) Synthesis Report in late-2014,Yacob Mulugetta, Professor of Energy and Development Policy at UCL STEaPP, is attending the Expert Meeting on Potential Studies of the IPCC process in Geneva on 28-29 January 2015.

Producing Actionable Information - Proceedings from the 2014 UR Forum

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How can we communicate risk information in a way that leads decision makers to take concrete actions to reduce risk from adverse natural events? In June 2014, almost a thousand risk assessment experts and practitioners from around the world gathered in London to answer this question at the third biennial Understanding Risk (UR) Forum. Over a five-day period, the UR community— scientists, modellers, economists, psychologists, disaster risk management practitioners, and policy makers—explored better ways of “Producing Actionable Information.” The Forum was organised in partnership between the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Willis Re, and UCL STEaPP.

The impact agenda in REF 2014 – an overview

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REF 2014

By Despina Biri, Research Assistant on 'Understanding the impact of UCL BEAMS on UK public policy'

Impact: Context is key

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REF 2014

By Despina Biri, Research Assistant on 'Understanding the impact of UCL BEAMS on UK public policy'

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.

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.

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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Scientists and engineers working in government

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. 

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