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

 

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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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New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education

SML-Keele-PBL-toolkitA new toolkit, titled Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education, was published in October 2013, as part of a three-year project involving Keele University, the University of Manchester and Staffordshire University and funded by the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The project, Hybrid problem-based learning: a scalable approach to sustainability education?, aimed to explore effective ways of adapting traditional problem-based learning (PBL) approaches for the delivery of transformative sustainability education to large student numbers. In this project the three partner universities developed different sustainability-focused modules for different academic levels and students were involved in the development of the pedagogical approaches.

One of the key outcomes of this project is the toolkit Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education – A toolkit for university educators, authored by Sophie Bessant (Keele), Professor Patrick Bailey (Keele), Dr Zoe Robinson (Keele), Bland Tomkinson (Manchester), Rosemary Tomkinson (Manchester), Professor Mark Ormerod (Keele) and Dr Rob Boast (Staffordshire). 

The toolkit, with a Foreword by Jonathon Porritt MBE, founder of Forum for the Future and Chancellor of Keele University, is aimed at educators with an interest in one of the following areas:

  • Traditional and hybrid problem-based learning (PBL)
  • Delivering less resource intensive PBL
  • The use of online learning technologies/social media in group-based teaching and learning
  • Education for sustainable development (ESD)
  • Managing student group working dynamics

The toolkit is structured as follows:

  • Why use Problem-Based Learning (PBL) for Sustainability Education?
  • Comparing Approaches to PBL
  • The Educational Benefits of PBL
  • Designing Hybrid PBL Teaching Modules for Sustainability Education
  • The Challenges of PBL
  • Enabling Effective Student Group Working in PBL Environments
  • The Role of Information Technology and Social Media in Hybrid PBL
  • Conclusions

It also provides a list of relevant information sources and useful pedagogical examples.

 

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Hybrid PBL for Sustainability Education project page

Download toolkit Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education – A toolkit for university educators

Related post: Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning

 

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Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning

SML-PBL-WS-afterA workshop on the delivery of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning (PBL) was hosted by the London RCE on ESD at London South Bank University on 15 July 2013.

 

This is the fourth of a series of workshops held around the UK in 2012/13, as part of a three-year project funded by the Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellowship Scheme entitled ‘Hybrid problem-based learning: a scalable approach to sustainability education?’. This project is a collaboration between Keele University, the University of Manchester and Staffordshire University.

 

The workshop’s four sessions were a mix of presentations and group work, giving the participants both an understanding and a taste of Hybrid-PBL:

  • PBL: In at the deep end – Professor Pat Bailey (Keele)
  • PBL in a changing higher education environment – Dr Zoe Robinson (Keele)
  • Designing a PBL learning module – Dr Rob Boast (Staffordshire) and Rosemary Tomkinson (Manchester)
  • Hybrid-PBL: Getting to grips – Sophie Bessant (Keele) and Bland Tomkinson (Manchester)

 

Using case studies of the interdisciplinary sustainability modules of the partner universities, the workshop explored the Hybrid-PBL approach that has been developed to enable the delivery of PBL-style teaching to larger cohort numbers in a less resource intensive way for the teaching and learning of sustainability education.

 

Hybrid-PBL is a student-centered, group-based approach to teaching and learning in which learners:

  • Act as professionals with an emphasis on working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Develop team working, project management and communication skills
  • Investigate open-ended (‘wicked’) real world problems
  • Think critically, creatively and devise entrepreneurial problem solutions
  • Undertake innovative assessment (e.g. video-making, press articles, reflective learning journals)
  • Use social media and social networking as part of learning and communication with fellow students and staff

 

The workshop also explored the links between the case studies and this style of teaching to other pressing agendas in higher education, such as graduate attributes, employability, internationalisation and interdisciplinarity, transformative education and life-long learning, and flexible and online learning.

 

Photograph: Prof Pat Bailey, Pro-Vice Chancellor Environment and Sustainability and Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Keele University (by Asitha Jayawardena)

 

Note: Much content of this write-up is an adaptation from the workshop handout.  

More info on this series of workshops

 

 

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WORKSHOP: Developing Graduate Attributes through the Sustainability Agenda and Problem-Based Learning

SML-PBL-WSA workshop on Developing Graduate Attributes through the Sustainability Agenda and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) will be hosted by the London RCE at London South Bank University on 15 July 2013.

This is the fourth of a series of workshops held around the UK in 2012/13, as part of a three-year project funded by the Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellowship Scheme entitled ‘Hybrid problem-based learning: a scalable approach to sustainability education?’. It is a collaboration between Keele University, the University of Manchester and Staffordshire University.

This workshop will explore the Hybrid-PBL approach that has been developed to enable the delivery of PBL-style teaching to larger cohort numbers in a less resource intensive way for the teaching and learning of sustainability education.

Image adapted from the PBL workshops page on Keele University website

More info on this series of workshops

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WORKSHOP: Developing Graduate Attributes through Sustainability

Developing Graduate Attributes through Sustainability, a free one-day workshop, will be held at the University of Gloucestershire on 15 March 2013.

Aimed at educators from any discipline, this workshop will focus on the delivery of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and graduate attributes using an interdisciplinary ‘Hybrid’ Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach. It is the outcome of a three-year project funded by the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Three universities – Keele, Manchester and Staffordshire – have collaborated on this project.

More info (University of Gloucestershire website)

More info (Keele University website)

 

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Conference: Knowledge gaps in Climate Change research

The second annual PhD conference of The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change ‘Knowledge Gaps in Climate Change Research – how are you tackling it?’ will be held at the University of East Anglia (UEA) from 11 to 13 April 2012. Its purpose is to facilitate discussion on the knowledge gaps in climate change research, and how PhDs, the Postdocs and Professors of the future, aim to address them.

Abstracts are invited for the four paper sessions and poster sessions, which will reflect Tyndall Centre’s four new themes:

  • Land and Water
  • Cities and Coasts
  • Governance and Behaviour
  • Energy and Emissions

Professor Mike Hulme (UEA) will deliver the opening keynote address on ‘Climate change: what sort of knowledge for what sort of politics?’ Among the other confirmed speakers are Professor Bob Watson FRS (Chief Scientific Advisor to DEFRA), Dr. Xianfu Lu (adaptation specialist at the Asian Development Bank), and Richard Gledhill (Head of Climate Change and Carbon Market Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Important dates:

  • 23 January 2012: Deadline for abstract submissions
  • 13 February 2012: Successful abstract applicants informed
  • 1 March 2012: Registration for attendees closes

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Manchester researchers win award for sustainable chemical engineering

Two academics from the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester are the recipients of the 2011 IChemE Innovation and Excellence Award for Bioprocessing. Dr Constantinos Theodoropoulos and Professor Colin Webb received this award for their work on ’Sustainable biorefineries through the co-production of fuels and chemicals: The biochemical production of succinic acid from biorefinery glycerol.’

Photograph: University of Manchester

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