Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings?

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Public engagement could be an effective way of promoting policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings, said several speakers in the annual conference of Newcastle University’s Institute for Sustainability (IfS) held in London on 8 November 2016.

 

Titled ‘Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy and Practice’, this annual event focused on research, policy and practice that would help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), exploring the challenges in sustainability research at a range of scales – regional, national and international – with a view of  enhancing collaboration among academia, industry, policy and the public.

 

The day’s programme comprised:

  • Welcome by Professor Phil Taylor (Director, Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University)
  • Keynote: Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda by Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN)
  • Session 1: What is the role of academia in helping to meet the SDGs and where should they have input in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
  • A poster session (during lunch) on Newcastle University’s sustainability research projects
  • Session 2: Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions
  • Session 3: How to bring research to policy for sustainable development

 

 

Welcome to Sustainable Futures…

 

Welcoming the participants to the dizzy heights of the 32nd floor of the building, Professor Phil Taylor (Director, Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University), provided an overview of the event, including its aim: To explore ways academic research in sustainability can inform policy and practice for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), driving forward the 2030 Agenda, and to enhance collaboration between key actors in academia, civil society, industry and policy for achieving the SDGs.

 

He also outlined the work of the university’s Institute of Sustainability (IfS), which connects academia with industry and policymakers in the context of sustainability research.

 

Sustainability is one of the three societal challenge themes that the university is pursuing as part of its overall focus on research excellence with impact and the other two themes are Aging and Social Renewal. The IfS works on three research challenges: Integrated infrastructure systems, Production and resources, and Consumption and waste.

 

These three challenges are underpinned by the concept of Justice and Governance, which sits at the centre of the work of the institute. It is planning to add Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation as an overarching theme next year.

 

The institute’s research addresses the SDGs by developing integrated approaches to energy, food, transport and water infrastructure. Notable among its research highlights is the Science Central and improving the sustainability of utilities in India in collaboration with Enzen Global Ltd.

 

Keynote | Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

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Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN) delivered the keynote address on Universities and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are universal and indivisible. They call for action by all countries and all people and active participation of all section of society is needed. Because they are linked to one another, an integrated approach is needed; working in disciplinary silos or cherry-picking would not work.

 

In a way it is a miracle that 193 nations agreed on the 2030 Agenda in September 2015. It is not binding but a moral agreement for the 21st century, penned in a common language for all. There is a growing consensus among the UN member states of the urgent need to act on the SDGs.

 

This agenda will pave the way for governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders to act to end poverty and build a more sustainable world over the next 15 years for all people. Achieving this agenda will ensure a life of dignity for all and build greater shared prosperity so it is in everyone’s interest.

 

Universities have a key role to play in achieving SDGs. They have a variety of means to contribute to this agenda, such as through a holistic approach to sustainable development research, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), electives for undergraduates, Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), e-discussions and consultations, Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) policy briefs, and volunteering and internships.

 

Another way to advance this is through the SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu), which is an online education initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) that provides high-quality, mass online education in the field of sustainable development.

 

 

Session 1 | Academic researchers’ role in the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Session 1, chaired by Professor Phil Taylor, focused on the role of academic researchers in helping to meet the SDGs and where they should have input into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It explored how academic research could play a greater role in policy and practice for sustainable development

 

It featured four speakers:

  • Sue Riddlestone OBE (Chief Executive and co-founder, Bioregional)
  • Dr Ruth Fuller (International Development Policy Advisor, WWF-UK)
  • Jenny Saunders OBE (Chief Executive, National Energy Action NEA)
  • Dr Lucilla Spini (Head of Science Programmes, International Council for Science ICSU)

 

The subsequent Q&A panel comprised the four speakers and the keynote speaker.

 

 

Session 2 | Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions

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Session 2, chaired by Dr Sara Walker, was on addressing global sustainability challenges with integrated solutions and it introduced research from Newcastle University researchers.

 

It comprised six presentations:

  • Energy: How do we reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector? Prof Phil Taylor (Newcastle University NU) and Dale Geach (Siemens)
  • Climate adaptation in cities: How do we adapt urban populations to climate change?  Dr Alistair Ford (NU), Prof Hayley Fowler (NU) and Andy Mace (ARUP)
  • Sustainable Buildings: How do we make our buildings more sustainable for present and future generations? Dr Sara Walker (NU) and Louisa Bowles (Hawkins\Brown)
  • Air quality & transport: What policies and actions are needed to drastically reduce transport emissions to protect public health? Dr Uma Rajarathnam (Enzen Global Ltd) and Dr Paul Goodman (NU)
  • Food & resources: How do we prevent essential resources in agriculture going to waste? Professor Carlo Leifert (NU) and Dr Wendy Wreiden (NU)
  • Wastewater: How do we make wastewater treatment sustainable? Dr Adam Jarvis (NU)

 

 

Session 3 | Bringing research to policy for the SDGs

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Session 3, chaired by Dr Philip McGowan (Newcastle University NU), explored how to bring research to policy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), bringing together experts in research, policy and practice to identify how academic research and demonstration can inform policy for sustainable development.

 

The panel comprised Professor Patrick Paul Walsh ((University College Dublin and UN SDSN), Dr Graham Long (NU) Professor Phil Blythe (Department of Transport), Sue Riddlestone (Bioregional), Dr Lucilla Spini (ICSU), Dr Ruth Fuller (WWF), Dr Uma Rajarathnam (Enzen Global Ltd) and Dr Paul Goodman (NU).

 

The following is a selection of highlights based on the panellists’ responses to the questions by the audience.

 

Dr Rajarathnam emphasised the significance of communications and stakeholder engagement in any endeavour of advancing the SDG agenda. Dr Spini said that many academics and researchers who are not directly related to sustainability were already working on areas similar to the SDGs but they were not aware of that. She suggested that sustainability researchers should increase awareness creation on the SDGs. Professor Walsh was of the view that academia should take the lead in taking SDG Science to the private sector, demonstrating businesses its win-win potential to all.

 

Within the broader communication and engagement sphere, engagement of policymakers received special attention. Professor Blythe stated that researchers should understand the context when communicating with policymakers, who are not research experts. He emphasised that they would like to have information that they could easily process. Based on her experience in India, Dr Rajarathnam advised that academics should go to the policymakers with solutions to specific problems instead of mere research results.

 

Echoing the suggestion by Jenny Saunders (NEA) in Session 1, that is, academia could engage civil society as an effective way of influencing policymakers, Dr Spini said that sustainability researchers should raise policymakers’ attention level through public engagement of the SDGs. Professor Walsh said that raising the level of public understanding of the benefits of the SDGs will certainly put huge pressure on politicians to act more intensively to achieve the SDGs.

 

As a solution to the problem that academics and researchers encounter when they present complicated research findings to politicians, Dr Spini believed that they should seek help of a translator or broker to take a simplified message through more effective media such as a film. But she said still the complicated messages should be communicated to film directors, who are again non-specialists in this area. However, she gave an example of such a science ‘translator/broker’ in London – SciDev.Net.

 

Dr Ruth Fuller observed that achieving the SDGs requires extensive behaviour changes among people. Turning to education for sustainability, she revealed that values underpin our behaviour, so shifting the values would be the key to generating pro-sustainability behaviour.

 

Praising the convening power of the IfS, Dr Spini asked the institute to play a leadership role, by rallying round other stakeholders in higher education and beyond around the SDG Agenda.

 

Note: Graphic of SDGs is from un.org website; logo of the IfS is from the Newcastle University website. 

 

 

More…

 

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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) http://www.unsdsn.org/ | @UNSDSN

 

UN Academic Impact (UNAI) https://academicimpact.un.org/

 

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Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) policy briefs https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/science/crowdsourcedbriefs

 

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Academy https://courses.sdgacademy.org/ | @SDG_Academy

 

Bioregional http://www.bioregional.com/ | @Bioregional @OnePlanetLiving

 

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National Energy Action (NEA) http://www.nea.org.uk/

 

International Council for Science (ICSU) http://www.icsu.org/ | @ICSUnews

 

SciDev.Net http://www.scidev.net/

 

Siemens UK | Sustainability http://www.siemens.co.uk/en/about_us/sustainability-corporate-responsibility.htm

 

ARUP | Environmental Consulting http://www.arup.com/services/environmental_consulting

 

Hawkins\Brown | Social Commitment http://www.hawkinsbrown.com/about-us/social

 

Enzen Global Ltd | Corporate Responsibility http://enzenglobal.co.uk/enzen/corporate-responsibility/

 

 

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Newcastle CONF | Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy & Practice for SDGs

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The annual conference of Newcastle University’s Institute for Sustainability (IfS) will take place in London (Chapter Spitalfields, 9 Frying Pan Alley, London E1 7HS) on 8 November 2016 from 10am to 4pm.

 

Titled ‘Sustainable Futures: Research, Policy and Practice’, this event will focus on research, policy and practice that will help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, exploring the challenges in sustainability research at a range of scales – regional, national and international – with a view of  enhancing collaboration among academia, industry and policy.

 

The conference will feature:

  • A keynote speaker: Professor Patrick Paul Walsh (Professor of International Development Studies at University College Dublin and Senior Advisor to UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDSN, New York);
  • Some of the University’s sustainability researchers, led by Professor Phil Taylor (Director IfS); and
  • Sustainability experts from industry

 

The day’s programme comprises four sessions.

 

Session 1 (What is the role of academia in helping to meet the SDGs and where should they have input in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?) will explore how academic research could play a greater role in policy and practice for sustainable development.

 

Session 2 (Addressing global challenges with integrated solutions) will introduce research from Newcastle University researchers on addressing global challenges for sustainability through integrated solutions.

 

Session 3, a roundtable session (How to bring research to policy for sustainable development), will bring together experts in research, policy and practice to identify how academic research and demonstration can inform policy for sustainable development in areas of air quality, energy, food, water, agriculture and waste.

 

A poster session will showcase some of the University’s sustainability research projects.

 

Please note that you can submit questions for debate in advance to sustainability@ncl.ac.uk

 

 

More….

 

Conference page http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/conference/ | #NUIfS2016

 

Registration page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustainable-futures-research-policy-and-practice-registration-27275162746

 

Enquiries sustainability@newcastle.ac.uk

 

Newcastle University | Institute for Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/ | Twitter @NCLSustainable

 

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Newcastle professor says, MicroGrids can light the way for UK’s low carbon transition

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MicroGrids can light the way for UK’s low carbon transition, said Professor Philip Taylor, Director of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) at a public lecture in London on 20 March 2014.

Hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, this lecture titled ‘MicroGrids: Niche Application or Fundamental to Future Energy Systems?’ covered the key issues concerning MicroGrids, providing some technical detail on how they can be realised.

The following is based on his lecture:

UK’s energy sector will face challenging times in the future, in a number of areas including affordability, sustainability, security, decarbonisation of electrical networks, ageing assets and severe weather events. And reinforcing the MacroGrid is not a practical option.

On the other hand, MicroGrids have much potential, including increased resilience, reduced control burden on the MacroGrid, community involvement, reduced reliance on centralised plant and a learn-and-scale-up model. Besides, when a large number of MicroGrids are aggregated together, they would resemble a virtual power station.

Currently, microgrids are mainly operating in a couple of niche areas, such as islands, universities, military and demonstration models. A significant step forward in moving out of these niche areas is breaking their

conventional static boundaries. An emerging solution based on a biologically-inspired novel concept is the autonomic MicroGrid, which has flexible boundaries.

There are technical challenges to overcome but the future for microgrids looks promising and they have the potential to light the way for UK’s low carbon transition.

Photograph by Asitha Jayawardena; Image created using the logos of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, Newcastle University and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

 

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Event page http://events.imeche.org/EventView.aspx?EventID=2303

Professor Philip Taylorhttp://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/staff/profile/phil.taylor | twitter @rolyatlihp

Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/#/ | twitter @NCLSustainable

Knowledge page on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers http://www.imeche.org/knowledge

Distributed generation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_generation

How a Microgrid Works http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/microgrid.htm

 

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Newcastle Sustainability Research Director’s Public Lecture | MicroGrids: Niche Application or Fundamental to Future Energy Systems?

SML-MicroGrid-lecProfessor Philip Taylor, Director of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS), will deliver a public lecture titled ‘MicroGrids: Niche Application or Fundamental to Future Energy Systems?’ hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at 1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1H 9JJ on 20 March 2014.

Professor Taylor, who also holds the Chair of Electrical Power Systems in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University, researches on the challenges associated with the widespread integration and control of distributed/renewable generation in electrical distribution networks.

In the coming years electrical networks and energy systems in general are likely to face formidable challenges due to a number of factors such as increased challenges to resilience from worsening extreme weather events and increased renewable and distributed generation.

Responses to these challenges are mainly two fold: centralised and decentralised. Centralised approaches involve strengthening the prevailing system of large centralised power stations and distribution and transmission physical assets. They seek economies of scale and involve transporting energy over relatively long distances out to passive consumers using centralised control architectures.

On the other hand, in decentralised approaches, generation and load are more closely located and controlled while consumers engage in demand response and system operation more proactively. Due to its benefits such as better resilience, energy efficiency and power quality, decentralised approach has attracted a growing interest recently.

MicroGrids, which fall under the second category, are sections of distribution network including several micro-generators, distributed energy storage devices and controllable loads. Through intelligent co-ordination of micro-generators, energy storage units coupled with demand side response techniques, micro grids could significantly improve the commercial value and environmental impact of distributed renewable energy sources and could become fundamental to future energy systems.

As energy systems become more complex and the levels of uncertainty increase, autonomic MicroGrids may emerge. With dynamically changing boundaries, they would exhibit self-organising, self-healing and self-managing properties.

This lecture will cover the key issues concerning MicroGrids, providing some technical detail on how they can be realised.

The lecture is free and open to all but require advance booking (please see event page below).

Image created using the logos of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, Newcastle University and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

More….

Event page http://events.imeche.org/EventView.aspx?EventID=2303

Professor Philip Taylor http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/staff/profile/phil.taylor | twitter @rolyatlihp

Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/#/ | twitter @NCLSustainable

Knowledge page on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers http://www.imeche.org/knowledge

Distributed generation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_generation

How a Microgrid Works http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/microgrid.htm

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Newcastle University’s £50 million ‘living lab’ project to develop the future Smart City

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Newcastle University announced in December 2013 an ambitious £50 million project to create a ‘living lab’ for trialling new technologies and systems in the endeavour to develop the smart city of the future.

Based on Science Central in the heart of Newcastle, the project will change the face of Newcastle city centre where all elements ranging from traffic through energy to buildings will work together to improve the user experience while reducing the carbon footprint. Putting users at its heart, the project will combine digital ingenuity and scientific expertise with social innovation.

Working alongside policy makers, businesses and public organisations, the university’s plans will put ‘the first science on Science Central’ – the hub for digitally enabled urban sustainability research. Among the plans is an Urban Observatory for monitoring the urban environment, pulling together different data (e.g. traffic flow, air quality, extreme weather) required for real-time decision making.

‘Over the next four years, we hope to see Science Central grow to become an exemplar of urban sustainability research,’ says Professor Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor Newcastle University, ‘bringing together academia, organisations, industry, democracy and communities to develop solutions that will make a difference to people’s lives across the globe.’

Professor Philip Taylor, who is leading the Newcastle University part of the Science Central project, views the project as taking a dynamic and ambitious city like Newcastle and using it as ‘a test bed to create a world-leading example of urban sustainability that others can follow.’

Fiona Standfield, Director of Newcastle Science City, responsible for the delivery of Science Central, emphasises that the project also reflects ‘the ambitions of the North East to play a vital role in the delivery of globally important R&D projects.’

Another project linked to this is the £2 million Cloud Computing Centre for integration and analysis of big data sets.  According to Professor Paul Watson, Director of Newcastle University’s Digital Institute, a big challenge of a ‘smart city’ is how to analyse data in such a way that it becomes meaningful and useful.

Although the £50 million research facility will be complete and functioning by 2017, some of its research projects have already started. These include:

  • £3.5 million i-BUILD Centre, led by Professor Richard Dawson, set up to understand interactions between energy, water, transport, waste and digital technology systems
  • £2 million grid–scale energy storage test bed, led by Professor Philip Taylor, to pave the way for the future of Smart Grids and energy storage across the UK
  • £1.3 million MyPLACE project, led by Professor Peter Wright, to develop and test a digital platform and toolkit for the public to engage with local councils and other organisations more effectively in the research, planning and design of the urban environment

The University’s presence on Science Central is part of its commitment to the Science City partnership with Newcastle City Council.

Image from Newcastle Science Central website (http://www.newcastlesciencecentral.com/)

 

More

£50 million ‘living lab’ takes smart cities to the next level (news post on Newcastle University website) http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/news/item/million-living-lab-takes-smart-cities-to-the-next-level2

£50 million investment brings first science to Science Central http://www.newcastlesciencecentral.com/news-and-media/news/50-million-investment-brings-first-science-science-central/

Science Central: Newcastle University invests £50m http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25340546

£50 million investment for Science Central development http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2013-12-11/50-million-investment-for-science-central-development/

Newcastle University unveil £50m investment into Science Central http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/business-news/newcastle-university-unveil-50m-investment-6394506

Newcastle Science Central website http://www.newcastlesciencecentral.com/

Newcastle Science City website http://www.newcastlesciencecity.com/ | Twitter: NCL Science City @NCLScience

Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/#/ | Twitter: Sustainability@NCL @NCLSustainable; Professor Philip Taylor (Director) @rolyatlihp

Digital Institute at Newcastle University https://digitalinstitute.ncl.ac.uk/ | Twitter: Digital Institute @digitalinst

Newcastle City Council http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/home/

i-BUILD Centre http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/item/a-smarter-way-to-deliver-our-urban-infrastructure

Grid–scale energy storage test bed http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/item/leading-by-example-science-central-key-to-energy-storage-and-smart-grids-of-the-future

 

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Tyndall Climate Change Conference: Radical Emission Reduction

SML-tyndall-radicalconfA Climate Change conference on Radical Emission Reduction will take place at the Royal Society in London on 10-11 December 2013.

In response to the question ‘Why radical mitigation (i.e. emission reductions)?’ the conference webpage declares,Today, in 2013, we face an unavoidably radical future. We either continue with rising emissions and reap the radical repercussions of severe climate change, or we acknowledge that we have a choice and pursue radical emission reductions: No longer is there a non-radical option.’

Organised by The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, this international conference aims to provide an evidence-base for developing radical-mitigation strategies against climate change.  Fostering an up-beat and can-do mentality, it will consider how to deliver reductions in energy consumption of at least 8% per year (~60% across a decade). Although academic in format, this forum will bring together practitioners and decision-makers in public and business sectors and civil society as well as academics, researchers and students, inviting all – participants and others – to share their ideas on this 8% reduction, using Twitter hash-tag #RadicalPlan

On Day 1, Naomi Klein, the author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, will deliver the keynote address via weblink. The day will see six sessions:

  • The rationale and framing for the conference
  • Framing and barriers to radical mitigation
  • Understanding the policy context
  • Policy options for radical mitigation
  • Behaviours and political and social norms
  • Behaviours and engaging publics

It will end with a poster session with a reception.

Day 2 will comprise six sessions:

  • Governance for radical mitigation
  • Delivering radical mitigation 1
  • Delivering radical mitigation 2
  • Mobilising action amongst non-government actors
  • Lifestyles and emissions
  • Pathways for radical mitigation

The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research is a partnership between a selection of researchers from eight UK universities, namely Cardiff, Newcastle, Cambridge, East Anglia (headquarters),  Manchester, Oxford, Southampton and  Sussex. Together with contributions from Fudan University in China, the Centre forms the Tyndall Consortium.

Driven by its vision, ‘To be an internationally recognised source of high quality and integrated climate-change research, and to exert a seminal influence on the design and achievability of the long-term strategic objectives of national and international climate policy,’ The Centre aims ‘to research, assess and communicate from a distinct trans-disciplinary perspective, the options to mitigate, and the necessities to adapt to, climate change, and to integrate these into the global, UK and local contexts of sustainable development.’ It works not only within the research community, but also with business leaders, policy advisors, the media and the public in general.

Image developed using the Tyndall Centre logo on the conference webpage

 

More…

Conference webpage http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/radical-emission-reduction-conference-10-11-december-2013

Conference programme (PDF) http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/sites/default/files/radicalplanprogramme.pdf

Abstracts of conference papers (PDF) http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/sites/default/files/radicalplanabstracts_0.pdf

The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research http://www.tyndall.ac.uk @TyndallCentre

 

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