A new website, ScienceOmega, aimed at showcasing high-quality scientific features and news has been launched and may be worth keeping an eye on.
It is boasting quite a list of contributors – Sir Patrick Moore, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation Dr Lars Heikensten, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Dr Hamadoun Touré, President of the United States’ Council for Chemical Research (CCR) Dr Seth Snyder, Chief Executive of the Society of Biology Dr Mark Downs.
It is aiming to cover a very wide range of disciplines. Science Omega says it “has one overarching goal; to communicate high-quality scientific content to the largest possible audience. It is paramount that Science Omega contains content that will interest the scientific community. However, science cannot afford to be elitist, and we are convinced that if we present material in a clear and engaging way, it will prove fascinating for scientists and non-scientists alike.”
14 March 2012, SEAM Centre at Inverness College 9.00am – 4.00pm
An Official Contribution to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
The seminar will take place at the Inverness College UHI’s new Sustainable Energy and Micro-renewables (SEAM) Centre, allowing delegates to see demonstration examples of a range of micro-renewable energy technologies. The day will include workshops, presentations and round table discussions to give delegates the opportunity to hear about and discuss many aspects of low carbon education.
How will life be different in a low carbon future? A low carbon future might actually be a better place to be.
Described by Ian Marchant, chair of Scottish Climate Change Business Delivery Group as “A way of thinking, behaving and operating that minimises carbon emissions while enabling sustainable use of resources, economic growth and quality of life improvements” the transition to low carbon will be one of the most significant challenges facing the country and region over the coming decade. The Education for a Low Carbon Future seminar will explore what learning environments, education and training will be needed to give people the skills to prepare for and be part of a low carbon future.
The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) have announced revised dates for it’s eighth annual Energy Summer School; from 17th June – 22nd June 2012, at the University of Warwick. There will be 100 places available for UK and international students.
The School has been specifically designed to give second year PhD students an understanding of energy systems as a whole and of pathways to low-carbon and resilient energy systems. This directly relates to international climate change issues and policies as students will become engaged in a mock United Nations style negotiations throughout the week in order to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions through the use of energy systems. This is a week-long course, which runs in parallel to UKERC’s Annual Assembly, and the course is professionally facilitated to provide continual support for participants, and includes a number of networking opportunities as well as social events.
Applications are invited from those engaged in energy-related research including technical, physical, social, economic, environmental and business aspects of energy and energy systems.
Nominations are open until 1700hrs (5pm) GMT Thursday, 8th March 2012. There is no charge for registered research students to attend the School; UKERC will provide accommodation and all meals and materials for activities. The School is conducted in English, and as it is highly interactive a good standard of comprehension and spoken English is essential.
The independent government advisory body ‘Committee on Climate Change’ has just released its newest report on the progress of the UK government on meeting carbon budgets and in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
Introduction reads: “This 3rd Progress report adjusts recorded emissions in 2010 for weather as well as macroeconomic impacts, showing that the underlying trend is one of broadly flat emissions. Analysis of the indicators meanwhile reveals mixed progress in implementing abatement measures. While emissions are continuing to run significantly below the first budget cap, an acceleration in the pace of emissions reduction will be needed if future carbon budgets are to be achieved. The report highlights some key policies to drive this acceleration, including the Electricity Market Reform and the Green Deal.”