SDRN Mailing, 21 June 2017

By Robert Lyons on 3rd July 2017
Research and resources


1. Call for applications: Natural England Science Advisory Committee (NESAC)
Natural England, which advises the government on the natural environment in England, is seeking new members for its Science Advisory Committee (NESAC). The committee advises on and scrutinises our science and evidence work. Natural England welcome applications from individuals with a proven track record in an area relevant to the work of Natural England. More…
2. New MSc in Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing

Applications are invited for this new course delivered by e-learning from the University of Central Lancashire recruiting now for a September start. This course has been directly tailored to address the urgent need to confront sustainability issues related to health, wellbeing and healthcare provision. Delivery is via e-learning with live interactive sessions, so that study can be undertaken entirely from home. More…
3. Call for university experts in the field of energy

The UNI-SET consortium and the European Platform of Universities in Energy Research and Education (EUA-EPUE) have launched a call for university experts in the field of energy. The initiative follows the publication of the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy” and the “European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education”. It intends to draft strategic thematic documents providing guidelines for the update of education and research programmes. More…

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1. A greener gas grid: what are the options?
20 July 2017, Imperial College London
There are an estimated 2.8 million km of gas transport pipelines globally supplying energy for heating and cooking. This event launches a comprehensive report that evaluates the overall potential for decarbonising the gas network, including the use of biomethane and hydrogen in existing gas infrastructure. The authors have examined the options for creating low carbon gas networks, exploring the technical issues, as well as the decarbonisation potential and costs associated with each option. More…
2. One year on: what Brexit means for our environment

23 June 2017, Belfast
This event at Queen's University Belfast, to be held on the first anniversary of the UK referendum on exiting the EU, features a public roundtable that brings together academics and practitioners to discuss what Brexit means for our environment North and South. Issues for discussion include: To what extent will Brexit impacts be felt beyond the UK? How will Brexit, and the prospect of a harder border in Ireland impact whole-island supply chains in energy and agri-food? How should agricultural and environmental policies change after Brexit – and where should these decisions be made? More…
3. International Research Conference on Sustainable Energy, Engineering, Materials and Environment

26-28 July 2017, Newcastle
This conference offers a platform for worldwide researchers and scientists from academia, industry and government to discuss proposals and disseminate results on sustainable energy and materials and its impact on engineering and our Environment. The formation of lasting productive partnerships between the participants is also an objective of this conference. This research conference is open to all in the research and scientific community. More…

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Research and Resources
1. Present and future flood vulnerability, risk and disadvantage: A UK assessment 
Two-thirds of cities experiencing relative economic decline face above average flood disadvantage according to new research by Sayers and Partners for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report highlights how floods interact with social vulnerability across the UK to create flood disadvantage, an issue which will be exacerbated by climate change. More…
2. Connect the dots: Air quality, industrial strategy and smart mobility

This briefing sets out why the scale of the air pollution problem in the UK requires a bolder and more holistic approach, which involves moving away from diesel vehicles (in favour of petrol and, ultimately, hybrid and electric alternatives), as well as a shift from private car ownership to car sharing schemes, public transport, walking and cycling. Not only could these shifts save thousands of lives, they could also drive improvements in two of the government’s other transport objectives: a reduction in congestion, and a reduction in road-based CO2 emissions. More…
3. A guide to SDG interactions: from science to implementation

A recent report by the International Council for Science examines the interactions between the various goals and targets, determining to what extent they reinforce or conflict with each other. It provides a blueprint to help countries implement and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More…

4. Does basic energy access generate socioeconomic benefits?
This study, based on a one-year field trial of a solar-power installation in India, found that despite substantial increases in access to electricity there was no systematic evidence for changes in savings, spending, business creation, time spent working or studying, or other broader indicators of socioeconomic development. More…