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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.

Job Opportunity at UCL STEaPP - POST Research Associate

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In partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and with the support of University College London’s new Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (UCL STEaPP), the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) has established a dedicated Social Science Section to increase its capacity to provide social science research evidence. The role will involve preparing briefings (POSTnotes) and organising events on topics of social science of relevance to public policy.

Job Opportunity at UCL STEaPP - Learning Technologist

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UCL STEaPP are recruiting a Learning Technologist to join our staff.

The Learning Technologist will help design, capture and deliver the course contact of UCL STEaPP's graduate and undergraduate programmes, using video and online/e-learning methods. They will support academic staff in development of their courses, helping to identify the best delivery of content for given learning outcomes, developing course pages in Moodle and maintaining the department's e-learning material repository.

Call for papers - Bruno Latour and Environmental Governance

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Call for Papers: submit abstracts by 16 March 2015
Workshop: 18-19 May 2015, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK

The impact agenda in REF 2014 – an overview

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

Impact: Context is key

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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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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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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).

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE UK: RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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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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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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.

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