Plymouth to host Sustainable Earth Forum 2016 on 23-24 June

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Sustainable Earth 2016 Forum (#EarthForum16) will take place at Plymouth University on 23 and 24 June 2016.

 

Organised by the university’s Sustainable Earth Institute (formerly Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research ISSR), this global forum for connecting research with action will bring together researchers, businesses, community groups and individuals with the aim of sparking and encouraging collaborations for a sustainable Earth.

 

This forum will begin with a welcome by Professor Judith Petts (Vice-Chancellor, Plymouth University) and then an introduction by Chair Professor Iain Stewart (Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, Plymouth University). Keynote speakers include:

  • Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Adviser in the UK)
  • Wendy Darke (Founder of True to Nature Limited and former Head of the BBC Natural History Unit)
  • Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth)
  • Anthony Hobley (CEO, Carbon Tracker)

 

The programme is structured around three sessions – each exploring three themes:

  • Session 1: Health and Wellbeing, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Cities and Communities
  • Session 2: Water, Energy, and Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Session 3: Climate Change, Resources and Education

 

The theme ‘Education’ under Session 3 will feature Professor Stephen Sterling (Professor of Sustainability Education, Plymouth University).

 

At this forum, delegates will enjoy the opportunity of taking part in a variety of reflective activities ranging from a visit to a solar farm to a tour through the universe. They will also hear from leading organisations including Salvation Army, Environment Agency, Plymouth Energy Community, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Langage Farm, University of Iceland and Plymouth University.

 

The first day’s conference dinner will be followed by a talk by poet Matt Harvey on ‘The power of poetry for provoking participation in Sustainability’ and then evening musical delights by The Q-dettes.

 

Sustainable Earth 2016 Forum builds on five years of previous sustainability events held at Plymouth University.

 

Notes:

The colourful world map graphic is from The Sustainable Earth Institute.

 

More….

 

Sustainable Earth 2016 webpage | #EarthForum16 https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/sustainable-earth/sustainable-earth-2016

 

Plymouth University | The Sustainable Earth Institute https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/sustainable-earth

 

Plymouth University | Sustainability education – Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/sustainability/sustainability-education

 

Plymouth University | Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory (PedRIO) https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/pedagogic

 

Professor Iain Stewart (Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, Plymouth University) https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/iain-stewart

 

Professor Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Adviser in the UK) https://www.gov.uk/government/people/mark-walport

 

Craig Bennett (CEO, Friends of the Earth) https://www.foe.co.uk/page/our-ceo-craig-bennett

 

Anthony Hobley (CEO, Carbon Tracker) http://www.carbontracker.org/staff/anthony-hobley/

 

Professor Stephen Sterling (Professor of Sustainability Education, Plymouth University) https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/stephen-sterling

 

 

#AlienLETTER series | Sustainability education through storytelling-driven letter writing

 

#AlienLETTER 1 | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 2 | Earth could learn from Milky Way’s Galactic Convention on Successful Life https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/earth-could-learn-from-milky-ways-galactic-convention-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 3 | Mother Nature is in charge but humanity can take control of her https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mother-nature-charge-humanity-can-take-control-her-3-jayawardena

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/researching-the-way-for-a-sustainable-prosperity-surrey-led-cusp-centre-begins-journey/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

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UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

Higher Education Academy (HEA) awards National Teaching Fellowship to a pioneer in Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/higher-education-academy-hea-awards-national-teaching-fellowship-to-a-pioneer-in-sustainability-education/

 

Plymouth tops People & Planet University League 2015 | Worcester and Manchester Met, second and third https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/plymouth-tops-people-planet-university-league-2015-worcester-and-manchester-met-second-and-third/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson/

 

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-cafe-who-depends-on-whom/

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/cant-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could/

 

Three BIG business leaders, one BIG concern | Can they all be wrong? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/three-big-business-leaders-one-big-concern-can-they-all-be-wrong/

 

Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein/

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions/

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources/

 

Surrey-coordinated SLRG | Nurturing sustainable living through research https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/surrey-coordinated-slrg-nurturing-sustainable-living-through-research/

 

The Sustainable University: Progress and prospects | Handbook to ‘the University of the Future’ https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/the-sustainable-university-progress-and-prospects-handbook-to-the-university-of-the-future/

 

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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

 

More….

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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CONFERENCE | Evolving Science Communication: 10 years of science communication at UWE

SML-logos-UWE-SCUA conference, titled ‘Evolving Science Communication: 10 years of science communication at UWE,’ will take place at the Watershed in Bristol on Friday 4 April 2014.

Organised by the Science Communication Unit of the University of the West of England (UWE), the conference aims to provide a platform for discussion between experts from practitioner and academic communities. It will also celebrate the ten year anniversary of science communication postgraduate programmes at UWE Bristol. This conference is further to the UWE’s first Evolving Science Communication conference in 2009.

The day will begin with a welcome from Dr Emma Weitkamp and Dr Clare Wilkinson from the UWE Science Communication Unit.

The programme will include two plenary sessions:

  • Science Communication – International Perspectives and Opportunities | Professor Frank Burnet, Emeritus Professor of Science Communication, UWE
  • Science; not just for scientists | Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association

The day will see six presentations, in two sessions:

  • Engineers are blokes who fix your boiler… the image problems that are hampering engineering
  • The Building as an Exhibit: Communicating Environmental Sustainability in Science Centres
  • Involving students in STEM communication activities
  • The Francis Crick Institute: engaging the local community
  • Einstein’s Garden: Creative, collaborative and playful approaches to public engagement
  • Can academics really engage ‘hard to reach’ audiences?

An hour-long PechaKucha session will feature presentations, each running for less than seven minutes, mainly covering the following themes:

  • Online and Digital Communication
  • Arts and Creative Communication
  • New and ‘Hard to Reach’ Audiences

A typical, fast-paced PechaKucha presentation with an emphasis on images consists of 20 slides, each shown only for 20 seconds before the automated appearance of the next slide.

The drinks reception will see a poster session related to contemporary issues in science communication.

Registration will close on 14 March 2014.

The internationally-renowned Science Communication Unit (SCU) at UWE focuses on engaging the public with science and training future science communicators. Among its programmes and activities are:

  • Science Communication MSc/ Postgraduate Diploma
  • Science for Environment Policy news alert service
  • Socio-economic Sciences: Communicating Outcomes Oriented to Policy (SCOOP)
  • euRathlon (an outdoor robotics competition)
  • Science Comics (for children)

Image comprises logos of the University of the West of England (UWE) and its Science Communication Unit

 

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Conference website http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/research/sciencecommunicationunit/trainingandshortcourses/evolvingsciencecommunication.aspx

Conference registration form https://www.formstack.com/forms/uwe-evolving_science_communication_conference

UWE Science Communication Unit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/research/sciencecommunicationunit.aspx

The first Evolving Science Conference of UWE http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/11042/1/Evolving_Science_Communication_report_Sept_2009.pdf

Science Communication MSc/ Postgraduate Diploma http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/p90012/

Science for Environment Policy news alert service http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/index_en.htm

Socio-economic Sciences: Communicating Outcomes Oriented to Policy (SCOOP) http://www.scoopproject.org.uk/

Science Comics website (for children) http://www.sciencecomics.uwe.ac.uk/

British Science Association http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/

 

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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

 

Related posts on The Sustainable University News & Info website

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

NEW BOOK: Imagining the Future City: London 2062 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/new-book-imagining-the-future-city-london-2062/

UEL Sustainable City seminar on Challenges and Opportunities in East London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/uel-sustainable-city-seminar-on-challenges-and-opportunities-in-east-london/

 

A related post on The Sustainable University Notes blog:

Higher Education’s role in building a sustainable world http://su-notes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/higher-educations-role-in-building.html

 

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