UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


2022 media coverage

November 2022

Who gets to keep burning fossil fuels as the planet heats up?

Professor Yacob Mulugetta comments on whether coal, oil, and natural gas should remain an option for the world’s poorest in an era of climate change. Read: Vox

Clean energy future for Africa must include country-specific solutions

A study led by Professor Yacob Mulugetta calls for a change in the way politicians, financiers and researchers think about the transition to clean energy on the African continent, while challenging the single narrative that has been applied to the continent until now. Read: The Brussels Times, More: TechXPlore, Mirage News

September 2022

The future of medical device regulation and standards – critical challenges for connected, intelligent medical devices

A white paper led by Dr Irina Brass and Dr Andrew Mkwashi highlights the present gaps and potential loopholes that connected, intelligent medical devices (CIMDs) create in current regulatory frameworks. Read: Science Business

COVID: how ICUs in England were stretched to cope with the pandemic

Professor Kevin Fong explores how COVID stretched the NHS's intensive care units to its limits. Read: The Conversation, More: UCL News, Yahoo News

What Britain can learn from car-crazy Germany in its quest to cut emissions

Dr Jenny McArthur comments on the feasibility of free transport in the UK. Read: Telegraph (£)

August 2022

Personalised medicine made in hospitals can revolutionise the way diseases are treated – the challenge now will be implementing it

A publication by Dr Irina Brass, Dr Edison Bicudo and Penny Carmichael outlines several steps that need to be taken by regulators, hospital staff, and companies to make the production of personalised therapies in hospitals a reality. Read: The Conversation

May 2022

The rise in AirTag tracking... and how women are being secretly followed

Dr Leonie Tanczer comments on the use of tech in abuse and says there will be no “one single solution” or “silver bullet” to fix tech-facilitated abuse but we must understand it as a “societal problem [that] requires societal responses” such as education and considering how victims receive help and report abuse. Read: Cosmopolitan 

Employee or employer: who’s to blame for a cyber breach?

Dr Irina Brass discusses who should held responsible for cybersecurity breaches in the workplace, saying "There is a lot more that organisations can do to become more resilient before placing the blame on their employees." Read: Raconteur

April 2022

Climate change: IPCC scientists say it's 'now or never' to limit warming

Professor Arthur Petersen says that the idea of quick emissions reductions and large negative emissions technologies are a concern in the latest UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Read: BBC News

March 2022

COVID: five things the UK must prioritise in its pandemic recovery plan

Professor Sir Geoff Mulgan details five things the UK needs to prioritise in its pandemic recovery plans - including mental health and children's education. Read: The Conversation

Science Diplomacy in Times of Crisis

Dr Jean-Christophe Mauduit explains how the invasion of Ukraine has reshaped international norms in science diplomacy. Read: UCL Europe Blog

International Women's Day

Dr Irina Brass joins the hosts of the Standards Show to discuss her passion for standards research and education; and why the role of standards needs further academic attention. Listen: The Standards Show