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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 IPCC, CDKN, the African Future Earth Committee, amongst others.

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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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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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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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)

UCL STEaPP Seminar Series Feb - Mar 2016

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Urban Governance: Professor Clara Irazábal

Latin Lab Director and Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University

Wednesday 3 February 2016, 10:00-11:00

Birkbeck - Room 124, 43 Gordon Square 


Science Diplomacy, Science Advice and/or Informed Cities: Dr Thibaud Boncourt

Centre Européen de Sociologie et de Science Politique (CESSP, Paris)

Thursday 4 February 2016, 10:00-11:00

3rd Floor Boston House, 36-38 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6EY 

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Urban Governance: Dr Nihan Akyelken

Research Fellow and Departmental Lecturer, University of Oxford, School of the Geography and the Environment and the Department of Continuing Education 

Monday 8 February 2016, 10:00-11:00

Birkbeck - Room 124, 43 Gordon Square 

Urban Governance: Dr Shahana Chatteraj

Post doctoral Fellow in Comparative Public Policy, University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 10:00-11:00

UCL – Rm 422, Roberts Bldg 

Science Diplomacy, Science Advice and/or Informed Cities: Dr Carolin Kaltofen

Aberystwyth University, 
Department of International Politics 

Wednesday 10 February 2016, 12:00-13:00

3rd Floor Boston House, 36-38 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6EY 

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Science Diplomacy, Science Advice and/or Informed Cities: Dr Jordon Tchilingirian

Associate Director, TNS - BMRB

Thursday 11 February 2016, 10:00-11:00

3rd Floor Boston House, 36-38 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6EY 

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Urban Governance: Dr Simon Curtis

Lecturer in International Politics, University of East Anglia

Tuesday 16 February 2016, 10:00-11:00

UCL – Rm 422, Roberts Bldg 

Public Policy: Dr Danielle Wood

Researcher in Technology Policy, Systems Engineering and International Development, Washington, DC, USA

Monday 22 February 2016, 10:00-11:00

Birkbeck - Room 124, 43 Gordon Square


Public Policy: Dr Long Seng To

Research Associate, UCL Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

Tuesday 23 February 2016, 10:00-11:00

UCL – Rm 422, Roberts Bldg 

Public Policy: Dr Sarah Hartley

Research Fellow, 
Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham

Wednesday 24 February 2016, 13:00-14:00

Room D103, 25 Gordon Street 

Public Policy: Dr Melanie Smallman

Deputy Director, Responsible Research and Innovation Hub, UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies 

Thursday 25 February 2016, 10:00-11:00

Birkbeck - Room 124, 43 Gordon Square 

Foresight and Public Policy: Dr Evelina Trutnevyte

Senior Researcher and Lecturer, USYS Transdisciplinarity Laboratory, Department of Environmental Systems Science (USYS), ETH Zurich

Monday 29 February 2016, 10:00-11:00

Birkbeck - Room 124, 43 Gordon Square 

Foresight and Public Policy: Dr Charles Featherston

Research Associate, Centre for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, University of Cambridge 

Wednesday 2 March, 11:30-12:30

UCL - SB01, Bentham House

Public Policy: Dr Carla Washbourne

Lecturer, UCL Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

Thursday 3 March, 10:00-11:00

Birkbeck - Room 124, 43 Gordon Square

UK Government announces £138m funding for major collaborative research

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STEaPP is hosting the Coordination Node for one of the largest collaborative research projects in the UK - the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC). On 25th November the UK Government awarded £138m to the fourteen universities which founded UKCRIC in a drive to deliver world class infrastructure in the UK. Critical to this ambitious new initiative will be STEaPP’s approach to coordinating interdisciplinary research across a large network of institutions and co-producing this research with those who plan, manage, fund and use infrastructure.

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 40th session

"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.

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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Internet of things

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.

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