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Climate Knowledge Exchange Network

This interactive workshop on the communication of climate change and maximisation of impact considered how Exeter might build a sustained approach towards impact generation through establishment of a new Climate Knowledge Exchange Network and how such a network would function and benefit stakeholders.

The University’s Science Strategy has enabled Exeter to become a World leading centre for Climate Change research in the natural and social sciences, spearheaded by the Climate Change and Sustainable Futures theme. In light of the forthcoming REF 2014 and the increasing emphasis on generating meaningful social and economic impacts from scientific research, this workshop brought together climate researchers and key policy makers to explore the ways in which academic research on climate change can achieve maximum impact, alongside enabling the scientific community to better understand how its research is used by, and communicated to, policy makers, practitioners and publics.

For more information visit the Bridging the Gaps website.

Peter Ashwin interview

As the deputy chair for the Bridging the Gaps project, Professor Peter Ashwin has been working on the project since its inception. We spoke recently about his involvement in the project and what he hopes other academics will get out of the experience.


How did you get involved?

“I was involved with the Swindon interview with EPSRC, where the application was formally reviewed and refined. We acquired the funding for Helen’s time and a pot for pump priming a multitude of projects with additional funding for flexible support for other projects.”


What’s your particle motivation for being involved?

“I have always had an interested in cross-disciplinary research, you see mathematics (his subject area) is about developing a language that is abstract and universal. In my time at Exeter I have worked with people from all manner of disciplines, biologists, engineers and a range of other disciplines. I want to widen the interest other academics have in cross-disciplinary research. I think the challenge to academics and institutions in the coming years, especially with the cuts to funds, is to find new areas of research to explores. New avenues. The first step is to break down the boundaries between disciplines to open up new research opportunities. To remove silo thinking.”


Silo thinking?

“There’s certainly a tendency across all disciplines to embrace one’s specialist area to the exclusion of other potential collaborative opportunities.”


Do you anticipate some resistance to the remit of Bridging the Gaps? What challenges are you expecting?

“I think the biggest challenge or the misunderstanding some will have is that this somehow signifies the end of discipline based research. Which simply isn’ t true, there will always be a need for subject specific research it is an ingrained part of the academic structure. The message we want people to take away from Bridging the Gaps is that there are a range of activities, come have a look even if it is just a passing interest, give it a go and you may be surprised by what you learn or discover.”

Stella Nova

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SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/StellaNova/160/250/30

“This island is designed as a pleasant environment for scholarly discussions and collaborations, and any other legitimate scientific and educational activities. Feel free to use it in that way, as long as you don’t interfere with MICA’s own activities, and please join us for some of them. Enjoy!”

There is a wonderful amount of factual information about all areas of astronomical studies, astrophysics and astrobiology. This fountain of information was a particular interesting way of displaying information. Providing an element of interaction with the data displayed highlights the key advantage of available via virtual worlds. That information can become an tactile object possible to be realised. number of lively displays such as this that highlights

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Why do people use e-cards? They provide a simple take away item that is stored in your inventory. However, be aware that as you delve deeper into SL your inventory can fill up quickly, as random bots/individuals offer you freebies of content, note cards, clothing etc, in addition to any items you purchase from the marketplace.

Energy@Exeter recap

The 11th May saw the successful Energy@Exeter discussion group. The agenda highlighted a number of ongoing energy research projects across the subjects of biology, politics, engineering and many more. One of the goals of this discussion was to highlight the importance of interdisciplinary research and discussion, on the theme of energy.

The implications for any academic research into the future of energy management are global. Research whether into renewal energy sources or the psychology of energy consumption is needed to combat the effects of climate change. With this goal in mind, the 40 academics and administrative staff attended the meeting to hear and discuss the future of energy research at Exeter.

You can follow and contribute to the ongoing discussion either on the bridging the gaps wiki. https://wiki.exeter.ac.uk/display/btg/Energy+at+Exeter

Or alternatively you can enjoy a quick overview of the day’s events on the Bridging the gaps web page.

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/btg/newsandevents/archive/title_139421_en.html

Note you will need a valid University of Exeter log in to access both of these resources.

Welcome

Welcome to the Bridging the Gaps blog, where you can learn about the current ongoings of our interdisciplinary research and education project based at the University of Exeter.

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