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STEaPP Seminar Series: Understanding Science Advice and its Challenges

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Seminar Series

On 14 December 2016, Dr Chris Tyler, Director, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL STEaPP, will be speaking as part of the STEaPP Seminar Series on science advice, legislatures and Parliament, with a focus on putting science and technology into the policy context.

Professor Greg Clark awarded a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences

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Greg Clark 2016

UCL Honorary Professor Greg Clark CBE has been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences for his role as a leading global authority on cities and his engagement in strategic urban developments across the world.

Network-Connecting Workshop on Enhancing African Participation in Climate Assessment and the IPCC

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IPCC Workshop

On the 12th - 13th of October 2016, the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy hosted a network-connecting workshop, funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), with the aim of forging collaboration on specific ways to enhance African participation in climate assessment and to enhance local capability to mobilise scientific knowledge into climate action. This small set of crucial networks, included the IPCCCDKN, the African Future Earth Committee, amongst others.

STEaPP Seminar Series: Use or abuse? Climate science as political and legal leverage

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On Wednesday 26 October 2016, Dr Leo Meyer will be presenting a lunchtime seminar as part of the STEaPP Seminar Series. The seminar will focus on how climate science is being employed or exploited in the political arena. 

STEaPP and City Leadership Laboratory at Habitat III

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During 17–20 October 2016, more than 40,000 people will descend on Quito, Ecuador, for the largest cities summit in the history of the United Nations - Habitat III. STEaPP's City Leadership Laboratory will have a strong presence at the event this year, with faculty organising and attending a range of events at the conference.

The IET President's Address 2016

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Jeremy Watson

Incoming President of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and UCL STEaPP Professor of Engineering Systems, Professor Jeremy Watson, will be giving his IET President’s Address on 6 October 2016.

UCL Energy and Development Group

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Group photo Jun 2016

In 2015, a number of UCL academics working on energy access challenges in the global South began meeting informally to discuss common research interests.  Now a team of about 16 from the UCL Energy Institute, Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE), Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR), Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), Development Planning Unit (DPU), Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Centre for Law and Environment, and other departments are meeting regularly as the “UCL Energy and Development Group”. The group is working together to build both a community of practice and to access research funds.  The team is already working on a research paper, has established a wide view of the relevant capability and capacity across UCL, and has served as a hub which has enabled several responses to large consultancy opportunities with valuable research and impact outcomes. The coordinator for the group is Dr Long-Seng To, Research Fellow at STEaPP (second from the left in the photo). Please contact her on to learn more or to join.

Sugarcane Landscapes Workshop Summary

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The Sugarcane Landscapes Workshop was held at UCL on 6th July 2016 and was organised by STEaPP's Dr Mairi Black

Engineering Cities: A Gender Lens - Tuesday 19th July 2016

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WHEN: Tuesday 19th July 2016, 15:00 - 17:00

Professor Jeremy Watson Appointed the Next President of the IET

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Jeremy Watson RAEng

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that STEaPP's Professor Jeremy Watson CBE will become its next President as of 1st October 2016.

STEaPP’s Michele Acuto is successfully awarded a UCL Professorship

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Michele Acuto

Congratulations to Michele Acuto on his recent promotion to Professor of Diplomacy and Urban Theory.

Science Policy 101 Workshop at IISER Pune, India

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Group Photograph at IISER

In March 2016, Dr Jason Blackstock and Dr Carla Washbourne of STEaPP and Dr Chris Tyler, Director of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) delivered a highly interactive three-day workshop on Science Policy 101 in Pune, India in partnership with IISER’s Women in Science initiative.
The workshop provided delegates with a foundational introduction to public policy for science and policy analysis. The workshop was designed to give an understanding of how governments can shape modern scientific enterprise and manage the positive and negative influences of science on our modern societies. The participants comprised of 40 professionals; from early-career PhD students to very senior researchers from a range of scientific backgrounds.

Sugarcane Landscapes Workshop - Wednesday 6th July from 09:30 

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Sugar Canes

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Evaluating the Paris Agreement's Mitigation Pledges" with Joe Aldy, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Thursday, 2nd June 2016.

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Making Technological Innovation Work for Sustainable Development, 08:30 to 17:00, Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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The UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement of the Climate Change Conference were agreed in late 2015. While there is consensus around the important role of technological innovation to meet these goals, there is much less clarity about what is to be done by actors engaged at different levels and with different capabilities and resources. 

Unilateralism versus Reciprocity in Global Climate Governance: A Public Opinion Perspective by Professor Thomas Bernauer

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Professor Thomas Bernauer

UCL STEaPP, UCL Energy Institute, CDKN and the French Embassy host: The Paris Agreement - What does it mean for Africa?

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Looking for a Career in Energy, Environment and Public Policy?

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Jane Dennett-Thorpe

Come to our Careers Panel Presentation

  • Tuesday 15 March, 18:00 – 20:00

  • 188 Tottenham Court Rd, provisionally Room 3 (follow signs on the evening of event)

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’. 

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