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MASTS Annual Science Meeting 2017: "Sea Change – changing seas, changing times"

Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow
From Oct 04, 2017 09:00 AM to Oct 06, 2017 05:00 PM
The 2017 ASM will promote the latest advances in marine science, good governance and using sound science responsibly, and revisiting the vision: 'Clean, healthy, safe, productive, biologically diverse marine environments, managed to meet the needs of people and nature‘

Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference 2017 conference

Brussels, Belgium
From Oct 23, 2017 09:00 AM to Oct 25, 2017 05:00 PM
The Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference 2017 conference aims to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technological innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It provides a unique chance to join the global technological innovation community that is devoted to enabling transitions to less carbon and resource-intensive economic development models.

Comparison of Air Pollution Trends and Policies in London and Beijing - Jacqueline Lam (JBS, University of Cambridge and University of Hong Kong)

Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building
From Oct 17, 2017 12:30 PM to Oct 17, 2017 02:00 PM
What constitutes a ‘good’ policy is conditioned not only by technology and financial factors but also by social norms and values, institutions, geopolitics, public trust and history. The talk is part of the "In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy" Research Group, which focuses on energy policy from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Framing Open IP: Ownership, Economics, Governance and Equity

Seminar room SG2, Alison Richard Building
From Nov 01, 2017 12:00 PM to Nov 01, 2017 02:00 PM
This theme lays the foundations for the future work of the group by exploring the concept of Open IP and the legal, economic and social contexts that it inhabits. Key theoretical frameworks will be identified, explored and critiqued.

Transformations in Global Economic Governance

SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
From Sep 28, 2017 03:40 PM to Sep 29, 2017 03:40 PM
This one-and-a-half conference focuses on a range of contemporary debates on global governance: How has the global economic governance architecture evolved in recent years? How have established international financial institutions responded to challenges of relevance and legitimacy? How have rising powers sought to alter global economic governance arrangements and how have developed countries reacted?

Climate, Africa and Governance at the Multilateral Development Banks​ - Dr. Nancy Birdsall (Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Center for Global Development, Washington DC)

SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building
From Sep 28, 2017 05:45 PM to Sep 28, 2017 07:00 PM

How Open is Open Intellectual Property?

Seminar room SG2, Alison Richard Building
From Oct 18, 2017 12:00 PM to Oct 18, 2017 02:00 PM
This theme lays the foundations for the future work of the "Open Intellectual Property Models of Emerging Technologies" Research Group by exploring the concept of Open IP and the legal, economic and social contexts that it inhabits. Key theoretical frameworks will be identified, explored and critiqued.

Cambridge Institute of Public Health Annual Conference - Unlocking Public Health Challenges of Our Time

Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge
From Nov 14, 2017 09:30 AM to Nov 14, 2017 06:30 PM
Now in its fourth year, the annual CIPH conference and lecture series presents an opportunity for public health researchers, policymakers and professionals to come together, discover and discuss the latest public health research breakthroughs at Cambridge.

UK Info day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 - Climate Action & Environment

Glaziers Hall, SE1 9DD London
From Sep 26, 2017 09:30 AM to Sep 26, 2017 06:30 PM
This event is a unique opportunity for SMEs, research organisations and cities interested in working on projects relating to sustainable cities, nature-based solutions, water and cultural heritage. You will hear directly from the European Commission on the background and content of the opportunities. The UK National Contact Point, Enterprise Europe Network, Knowledge Transfer Network and Future Cities Catapult will provide information on the help available and new ways in which we can support UK organisations. Case study speakers will give further hints and tips on how to become successful applicants.

The future for international research partnerships: responding to Brexit, the Newton Fund and new relationships

Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
From Oct 17, 2017 08:30 AM to Oct 17, 2017 01:00 PM
As the UK begins the process of leaving the European Union, and following the publication of a Department for Exiting the European Union policy paper on the future of EU partnerships in science and research, this timely seminar will look at priorities for international collaborations and partnerships in research.

Development i-Teams (application deadline: October 9th)

From Oct 09, 2017 09:00 AM to Oct 09, 2017 05:00 PM
Have you ever wondered how new ideas can help people in the developing world? Are you interested in what Cambridge can do to help? If so, then our Development i-Teams programme is for you!

AI for better patient outcomes

Microsoft Research Lab, Cambridge, UK
From Oct 18, 2017 09:00 AM to Oct 18, 2017 06:00 PM
This new conference will bring you the latest inspiring NHS, academic and industry collaborations in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare.

Africa Research Institute's 10th anniversary lecture: Reforming the public sector in NigeriaReforming the public sector in Nigeria, Joe Abah

Africa Research Institute, 55 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QL
From Oct 05, 2017 05:30 PM to Oct 05, 2017 07:00 PM
Dr Abah has received widespread praise for leading efforts to implement far-reaching public sector reforms in Nigeria. In this lecture he will share insights on what he and his colleagues were able to achieve and how they were able to do so; and will reflect on where further improvements can be made.

Global Governance and Grand Corruption: The International Politics and Policy of Looted Wealth

SG1/2 Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge.
From Oct 23, 2017 05:00 PM to Oct 23, 2017 06:30 PM
As International Relations scholars have been drawn to the study of global governance, their field of vision has come to overlap with the increasingly internationalised conduct of public policy. This lecture explores this dynamic in analysing an unprecedented new international moral and legal rule that forbids one state from hosting money stolen by the leaders of another state.

Environmental Science in the Big Data Era

From Nov 06, 2017 09:00 AM to Nov 06, 2017 05:00 PM
This workshops brings together domain experts in the fields of climate science and data science to discuss the key challenges, including reducing uncertainties in future climate change predictions.

For richer, for poorer: how could political pledges to tackle health inequalities be realised?

Christ's College, Yusuf Hamied Theatre, St Andrew's Street, CB2 3BU
From Oct 25, 2017 06:00 PM to Oct 25, 2017 07:00 PM
A discussion of health inequalities: How many years less can the poorest 5% of people expect to live compared to the richest 5%? How many years do the public find acceptable? And what can we do about it?

Resource Recovery from Waste Annual Conference 2017 (registration deadline: 31st October 2017)

Cloth Hall Court, Leeds
From Oct 31, 2017 09:00 AM to Oct 31, 2017 06:00 PM
The successful implementation of ideas, frameworks and technologies for resource recovery from waste will require the formulation of strong business cases for a variety of actors in industry and government. This year’s conference - Making the Business Case for Resource Recovery for Business and Government - aims to present both conceptual ideas and practical experiences on the formulation of business cases for resource recovery as part of the circular economy.

Innovative Methods for Education Research on Dropout and Repetition in Rwanda - Sachin Gathanei (Laterite, Rwanda)

Room 2S7, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
From Oct 10, 2017 12:00 PM to Oct 10, 2017 01:00 PM
The Michaelmas 2017 edition of the REAL Centre Seminar Series (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge) will explore topics related to the innovation, leadership, policy and specific cases of the social context of education. All welcome.

Key Debates in Disability and International Development: where are we now, where are we going? - Professor Nora Groce and Leonard Cheshire (Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, University College London)

Room 2S7, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
From Oct 17, 2017 12:00 PM to Oct 17, 2017 01:00 PM
The Michaelmas 2017 edition of the REAL Centre Seminar Series (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge) will explore topics related to the innovation, leadership, policy and specific cases of the social context of education. All welcome.

The capability approach and education research: some reflections - Professor Elaine Unterhalter (Institute of Education, University College London)

Room 2S7, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
From Oct 31, 2017 12:00 PM to Oct 31, 2017 01:00 PM
The Michaelmas 2017 edition of the REAL Centre Seminar Series (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge) will explore topics related to the innovation, leadership, policy and specific cases of the social context of education. All welcome.

Converging Divergence? Unpacking the new geography of 21st century global development - Professor David Hulme (University of Manchester)

Room 2S7, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
From Nov 07, 2017 12:00 PM to Nov 07, 2017 01:00 PM
The Michaelmas 2017 edition of the REAL Centre Seminar Series (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge) will explore topics related to the innovation, leadership, policy and specific cases of the social context of education. All welcome.

Working for the United Nations

Sidgwick Site, Lady Mitchell Hall
From Nov 09, 2017 02:00 PM to Nov 09, 2017 03:30 PM
An opportunity to hear from a speaker from the United Nations: Eva Marie Jansen, Human Resources Officer in the Outreach Unit of the Office of Human Resources Management.

Working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Room 3
From Nov 10, 2017 02:00 PM to Nov 10, 2017 03:30 PM
Lorrae Davey will give an overview of UNDP’s work and the various entry points including internships and JPO programme.

Working for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 1
From Nov 13, 2017 02:00 PM to Nov 13, 2017 03:30 PM
Ljiljana Stancic, Humam Rights Officer, Human Rights Council Branch will talk about her career.

How to deal with humanitarian crises

Bawden Room, Intellectual Forum, Jesus College
From Nov 03, 2017 05:00 PM to Nov 03, 2017 08:00 PM

NCAS Introduction to Scientific Computing for atmospheric and environmental science

Crowne Plaza, Leeds
From Nov 13, 2017 09:00 AM to Nov 17, 2017 06:00 PM
The Introduction to Scientific Computing course covers the skills needed for effective data management and analysis using Linux and Python. The course is designed for the needs of PhD students and early career researchers in atmospheric and environmental science.

NCAS Atmospheric Measurement Summer School (registration deadline: 2nd February 2018)

Arran Outdoor Centre, Isle of Arran, Scotland
From May 14, 2017 09:00 AM to May 25, 2017 06:00 PM
This practical course is designed for PhD and early career scientists who want to gain confidence, experience and in-depth knowledge about atmospheric science fieldwork.

Relaxing Trust and Liquidity Constraints to Enhance Weather Insurance Uptake: a Randomized Control Trial in Ethiopia – Francesco Cecchi (University of Groningen)

Room 2.49, David Attenborough Building
From Nov 09, 2017 02:00 PM to Nov 09, 2017 03:00 PM
The Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG) is hosting a weekly seminar series throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. These are informal and friendly talks allowing discussion of on-going work for PhD students, early career and senior researchers.

GCRF Global Engagement Event – Nairobi, Kenya (application deadline: 2nd November 2017)

From Jan 31, 2017 09:00 AM to Feb 02, 2017 06:00 PM
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is running a series of international Global Engagement Meetings. The aim of these events is to showcase the opportunities available through the GCRF; to bring together developing country and UK researchers and representatives from other organisations to forge networks; and to discuss opportunities for maximising the contribution of GCRF research into policy and practice.

OpenPlant Fund mixer and a light-hearted look at training

From Nov 09, 2017 04:00 PM to Nov 09, 2017 06:00 PM
This event provides an opportunity to discuss your ideas for OpenPlant Fund proposals for innovative and interdisciplinary projects in plant synthetic biology or prototyping projects for the Biomaker Challenge.

Collaborating for positive futures in a changing world of work

From Dec 01, 2017 09:30 AM to Dec 01, 2017 05:00 PM
This workshop organized by Bond and Forum for the Future addresses what must be done in order to create sustainable jobs and livelihoods for people in developing and emerging economies in 2030.

International conference: 'Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World' (abstract deadline: 15th November 2017)

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, Netherlands
From Mar 17, 2017 09:00 AM to Mar 18, 2017 05:00 PM
The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) focuses on understanding the rise of ‘authoritarian populism’ in rural settings across the world, as well as the forms of resistance occurring and the alternatives being built. New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless ‘growth’, climate chaos, and social division. The ERPI is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics.

Investing in Equality: the role of capital and justice in addressing inequality

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
From Nov 01, 2017 06:30 PM to Nov 01, 2017 08:00 PM
Philanthropic organisations play a key role in challenging the causes, effects, and consequences of inequality, funding projects that aim to directly and indirectly reduce the inequality gap. However questions have been raised about the approach, direction and priorities of such wealthy organisations when funding projects to tackle inequality, and the effect of these projects on the beneficiaries and the economy as a whole.

Gender Equality: how can the UN lead?

Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, London
From Nov 07, 2017 06:30 PM to Nov 07, 2017 08:00 PM
Despite the UN Charter arguably setting out legal obligations to ensure gender parity within the UN and initiatives aimed at addressing this, there have been few concrete changes to the lack of gender parity at senior levels. The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security is hosting a debate on the UN's role and performance in achieving gender equality.

The Royal Society Open Meeting at the University of Cambridge

Centre for Mathematical Sciences (Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA)
From Nov 13, 2017 02:00 PM to Nov 13, 2017 03:00 PM
The Royal Society Research & Impact Evaluation Team is visiting the University of Cambridge

INNOVATE 2017

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
From Nov 08, 2017 09:00 AM to Nov 09, 2017 05:00 PM
INNOVATE 2017 collects innovators, investors, and academics to showcase many of the world's brightest innovators and best innovations. This year's conference is focused on how UK innovation can tackle the biggest global challenges, but will still provide the standard support sessions on innovation, expansion, and collaboration.

Automating the World (Innovate 2017 Twitter debate)

Online
From Nov 08, 2017 02:30 PM to Nov 08, 2017 03:30 PM
Robots will take our jobs…and possibly our lives. Looking at automation and the fourth industrial revolution, do we benefit from the seismic explosion of data and machine autonomy? Panellists at INNOVATE 2017 debate this point live on Twitter.

Securing the Cyber World (Innovate 2017 Twitter debate)

Online
From Nov 09, 2017 09:45 AM to Nov 09, 2017 10:45 AM
The world makes the prospect of a global cyber war very real. Based on recent evidence, businesses and governments are far from ready. How can we prepare for the next strike? Are our connections and transactions secure?

Ocean Gliders: Autonomous Monitoring of the Marine Environment (registration deadline: 8th January 2018)

University of East Anglia, Norwich
From May 14, 2018 09:00 PM to May 18, 2018 05:00 PM
This 5-day Advanced Training Short Course will provide hands-on experience of ocean gliders using UEA's unique seawater tank, as well as the theoretical knowledge of how gliders and their sensors work. The training draws upon UEA's extensive experience of glider deployments worldwide. Lecturers include experts in physical, chemical and biological ocean science using gliders, as well as a highly trained glider engineer.

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