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ARCC news for March 2017

Hello All,

You will recall I was promoting our presence at Ecobuild 2017 in the ARCC February news… and wow, what a week it was! We’re already compiling our summaries and experiences in taking research direct to the built environment community, including a blog from Dr Ioannis Papakonstantinou from UCL below and all of the presentations from our seminar programme.

Booking is now open for an interactive workshop to explore how to integrate built environment models into geospatial applications and systems – the event is particularly geared for anyone involved in planning, building consultants and risk data providers. See below for details, and to take part in the supporting surveys.

Roger B Street
Principal Investigator

From the ARCC network

Using built environment models – how can they help you?

30 March 2017

This workshop is geared to built environment sector professionals and volunteers working with geospatial applications and systems who use, or wish to explore the potential to use, models and tools developed by researchers. For example, local authority planners, masterplanners, those involved in neighbourhood planning, architects, building and city engineering consultants, providers of low carbon, energy and environmental and property level risk data.

Have your say! Ageing and mobility in the built environment

4 April 2017, London

For policymakers, architects, designers, developers and ‘interested-others’, you are invited to attend a stakeholder-led workshop to help us to bring together the latest research findings in this exciting area so practitioners can use them in providing a built environment that supports positive ageing and mobility … after all, we’ll all be there before we know it! Find out more and register.

Green infrastructure as a building service

We’re delighted to once again to be working in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) to coordinate the 2017 design challenge on the use of green infrastructure as a building service. This challenge is open to individuals or teams, students, practitioners, and researchers, and incorporates the interaction of indoor plants with heating, cooling, acoustic management, air quality, staff productivity and wellbeing. You can listen to our launch webinar for the technical requirements and expert contributions.

Submission deadline for entries is 8 May… don’t miss out!

Valuing the infrastructure of cities, regions and nations; an interdisciplinary conference

26–27 April, Leeds

EPSRC funded projects iBuild, ICIF and ITRC-Mistral invite you to this conference to explore integrating the socioeconomic, engineering and environmental approaches relating to resilient and sustainable infrastructure.

What’s next for climate change?

We worked with global media consultancy Mediaplanet late in 2016 to produce a what’s next for climate change feature that included commentary relating to business, adaptation, climate finance, emissions reduction, infrastructure, built environment, flood risk for SMEs, health impacts, and also public conversations about climate change.

The APPG in Climate Change held an event to continue the necessary discussions in tackling climate change, and to focus on our energies and efforts for 2017:

In conjunction with Mediaplanet, the APPG on CC and the World Council on Sustainable Business, there will be a twitter conversation this evening, Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 5.45pm (BST). Join in the conversation at #cureforclimate.

BEIS Industrial Strategy – consultation due 17 April 2017

ARCC would like to coordinate a research-led response to this consultation to ensure that research remains a priority in the industrial strategy going forwards. Britain’s excellence in research disciplines is acknowledged in this green paper as providing ‘us with crucial competitive advantages’ so let’s ensure our voice is heard.

Please indicate your interest in contributing to a joint response by contacting Tanya Wilkins at ARCC.

Blog: You call it networking…

ARCC’s Tanya Wilkins shares her views on connecting the right people with the right information… and coins the new phrase ‘casual stalking’, which she insists it is the ‘next big thing’.

Opportunities & events

ClimateXChange: Post-doctoral research fellow grant

Closing 29 March 2017

Submissions are invited for grant funding of a post-doctoral research fellowship on Adaptation Science  from the University of Edinburgh on behalf of ClimateXChange (Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change). This fellowship grant is available on a one-year basis initially, with the expectation that a further one year’s funding will be made available.

TeddiNET C-Tech Symposium

Abstracts due 31 March 2017

The symposium will bring together representatives from academia, industry and policy to share and discuss cutting-edge insights around digital technologies and behaviour-change interventions for reducing energy use in the workplace. The event will take place at the Digital Catapult in London on 26 June 2017. Researchers and practitioners in the UK and beyond are invited to attend and to submit abstracts.

ENCORE network+ call for feasibility studies

Closing 3 April 2017

This is a call for feasibility studies within the six thematic areas of the complex engineering systems that the network focuses on. Thematic areas include resilience in network and process dynamics, and leveraging natural world examples of complex systems. There is a total of £40,000 to be divided amongst the selected proposals.

Twenty65 Annual Conference

4–5 April 2017, Manchester

This conference provides a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners, water companies, technology developers, policymakers and regulators to network and learn together to help pave the way for a future that delivers sustainable clean water for all.

NERC Green Infrastructure (Urban) KE Fellow

Closing 27 April 2017

Interested in working with public and private sector developers to build green infrastructure into investment decisions? NERC is inviting proposals for a Fellow to help increase the uptake and impact of research, and demonstrate the benefits of green infrastructure.