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ARCC news for August 2016

Hello ARCC network members,

We have a lot of interesting activities happening over the coming months: we’re working with Ecobuild to showcase the latest innovative ideas and initiatives from both academic and commercial research and development teams from 7–9 March 2017.

Our colleague at Ecobuild, Martin Hurn, commented that with Ecobuild’s audience of leading architects, specifiers, contractors and manufacturers, it is the ideal platform to showcase revolutionary research. I agree firmly with this, and particularly encourage our EPSRC-funded research groups to submit their proposals.

We’re also coordinating an ECR skills workshop on stakeholder engagement on 12–13 October in York. This is for all early career researchers working on projects funded by EPSRC, and focused on adaptation and resilience in the built environment and infrastructure sectors.

We also have a forthcoming built environment workshop and an indoor air quality event, plus lots more information below.

Roger B Street, Principal Investigator

News from the ARCC network


7–9 March 2017, London

The ARCC network is working with Ecobuild on a show floor feature dedicated to future materials and processes, helping to link professionals with cutting-edge research on sustainable design and building. The feature will include displays, interactive workshops and seminars showcasing materials and processes from the laboratory to practical applications on construction sites.

We are calling for submissions for future materials and processes in early development states, the improvement and innovation of more sustainable solutions for the construction industry, or insight into the application of materials used in other sectors for the future of the built environment.

ARCC ECR skills workshop: Engaging stakeholders to achieve impact

12–13 October, York

This will be an opportunity for ECRs to develop their approaches, skills and qualities that help improve stakeholder engagement and enhance the value of research outputs. There is no charge for participating, but registration is essential and places are limited to 25.

Why should you attend? This is what some previous attendees have said:

“Now we can discuss impacts and interaction with business and industry on a more informed level. We know that language now.”

“The ECR course was probably the best piece of training I have done. Really excellent. I’m seeing more and more of what I and my colleagues got from it.”

“When we went in [to the ECR event], we were seeing research from our perspective. When we came out of it, I felt like we saw it from a perspective of government, of industry, people who were looking at it…”

Adaptation and resilience in the built environment: informing future research council investments

28 September, London

This EPSRC event, facilitated by the ARCC network, will identify emerging challenges and priorities in the built environment research area with a view to informing future funding investments.

The focus will be on research related to buildings (domestic and non-domestic, urban, suburban and rural) and their interactions with the surrounding curtilage, form, supporting services and environment.

ARCC / CIBSE / IET Breathe Easy – Engineering Air Quality Solutions Now

21 October 2016, Curzon Building, University of Birmingham

Save the date: Pollution and poor air quality, particularly in urban areas, is an increasing concern for local authorities, health and public services, and the public alike. This conference will highlight both the problems and the practical engineering and policy solutions which may be applied now to address UK air quality challenges and opportunities. The emphasis will be on practical actionable advice, relevant and recent case studies, and signposting to information resources and proven solutions.

Drought Science Management

27 September 2016, Oxford

The Managing the Risks, Impacts and Uncertainties of drought and water Scarcity project (MaRIUS) is part of the ARCC network, and is bringing together global experts on the processes that cause drought and their consequences.

Droughts threaten societies, economies and ecosystems worldwide with damaging effects that can lead to significant losses. Yet our ability to characterise and predict the occurrence, duration and intensity of droughts, as well as minimise their impacts, is often inadequate.

Calls for funding

Tackling global development challenges through engineering research

Closing 15 November, 4pm

This call is supported through EPSRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund.  Relevant to researchers in the ARCC network are the proposals sought under headings of sustainable infrastructure development, and engineering for disaster resilience. More information.

Built environment & infrastructure news

Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network – Talking about floods: be brave and leave out the numbers!

Principal Scientist at the Environment Agency, Dr Jacqui Cottons, explains in her blog what people need to know to identify flood risk, design an intervention and understand how to reduce risk.

Constructing Excellence confirms merger with BRE

This was announced on 19 August with the move “designed to strengthen and grow the CE membership and its positive impact on the industry at a time of significant global challenge” according to Constructing Excellence. Find out more (pdf, 310 KB).

Use of climate projections in local adaptation planning: lessons from England and Germany

This new report from the University of Leeds found that existing policy, legal and regulatory frameworks limit the use of climate projections in local adaptation planning, and that political and economic constraints strongly affect the usefulness of climate information in adaptation decision making (pdf, 550 KB).


UK Construction Week

18–20 October 2017, Birmingham

Held as part of UK Construction Week, the Build Show provides the industry with this vitally needed space to network, develop and grow – bringing together the right people, in the right place, at the right time. Get your free ticket today.

Flood and Coast 2017, risk, resilience and response in a changing climate

28–30 March 2017, Telford

The second Flood and Coast conference will again be led by the Environment Agency, the event will draw together key stakeholders from the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community, including local authorities, infrastructure owners, consultancies, contractors, businesses, community groups and universities. Join more than 1500 fellow professionals to exchange a broad range of perspectives on innovation and best practices in FCRM.