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ARCC news for May 2015

ARCC network news

ARCC/CIRIA collaborate on contaminated land event

29 June 2015, London

CIRIA (the Construction Industry Research & Information Association) and the ARCC network are working together to review how recent extreme weather conditions, in particular flooding, have affected the design and delivery of contaminated land projects in the UK. The event will explore the impact of extreme weather events on the mobility of contaminants, the effectiveness of remediation processes and risk management and how to make contaminated land remediation projects more ‘flood proof’ in the future. There is no charge for this event, but please register as spaces are limited.

EPSRC data policy now live

OpenARCC – our dedicated resource for supporting research data management – has a new article on implementing the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)’s data policy. The article also points to further guidance available on OpenARCC.

ARCC network takes its story to the rest of Europe

At last week’s European Climate Change Adaptation conference in Copenhagen, the ARCC network’s Roger Street presented lessons drawn from the network’s experience of influencing adaptation action. The presentation explored issues such as the characteristics of an effective researcher-stakeholder relationship, the need for openness, flexibility and shared expectations, and the added value of an overarching network to support a broad communications and engagement programme. You can take a look at the presentation at our website.

Early career researcher skills development workshop – output all online

All final outputs from the recent ARCC network’s early career researcher event on preparing fellowship and research proposals are now online, including presentations and an event summary highlighting key key issues to consider when developing proposals.

Reminder – new research fellowships from EPSRC

A quick reminder that the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is inviting outline proposals for a number of EPSRC Challenge Fellowships (post-doctoral and early career researchers) in the Living With Environmental Change theme.  The closing date for submission of outline proposals is 10 June 2015.

Project news

iBUILD across the Atlantic

Researchers from iBUILD have been busy at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference, organising sessions and reflecting on aspects of the discussion. Recent blogs from the team consider the relationship between public and private finance, the fragility of funding for US infrastructure and observations of the physical frailty of US transport infrastructure.

Other news

NERC Environmental risks to infrastructure innovation programme

NERC is investing up to £1m to support short-term feasibility studies and longer-term translation projects to improve the access to and translation of research in quantifying environmental risks, impacts of multi-hazard risks and uncertainty in decision-making for infrastructure. Deadline for expressions of interest is 28 May 2015.

US launches its Climate Resilience Toolkit

The US Government has created an excellent online resource to help people and organisations to manage their climate risks. It is designed to be accessible to all, including individuals, businesses and government. It brings together a risk management framework, climate data, adaptation case studies and a list of training resources.

Co-production of knowledge – td-net toolbox of approaches

Sciences Switzerland has produced an online toolbox of methods for addressing the challenges of co-producing knowledge, whether that involves different academic disciplines or collaboration with non-academic experts. The methods have been chosen primarily because of their application across disciplines, approaches and subject matter.

Looking for contributions on climate change and housing

Abstracts are being invited for papers for a forthcoming themed issue of ‘Municipal Engineer’, a journal of the Institution of Civil Engineers, focused on housing and climate change. Relevant topics include resilience to extreme weather, and the deadline for abstracts (200 words) is 31 July 2015.

Systems Integration of Energy Supply and Demand Scoping Workshop

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is holding a workshop to identify research gaps and challenges in systems integration of energy supply and demand. The workshop findings will contribute to a forthcoming £5m call for a thematic research centre. The call for expressions of interest closes on 22 May, and the workshop will be held on 24 June.

New data resource on UK coastal flood events

An accessible and elegant new online tool – Surgewatch – allows anyone to find out about the history of coastal flooding around the UK and to download the underlying data. Created by a team from the University of Southampton, the National Oceanography Centre and the British Oceanographic Data Centre, Surgewatch aims to support a better understanding of coastal flooding, and is intended for use by researchers, engineers and planners. It uses sea level records from the National Tide Gauge Network, and the researchers are inviting further information in the form of photos, videos and narratives to be submitted.


Union of Concerned Scientists, Science Network Workshop series – communication and advocacy for scientists

May/June 2015

Forthcoming webinars look at effective communication, covering topics complementary to the ground covered in some of the first ARCC network events for early career researchers.

Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation (TEDDINET): Energy social scientists in a multidisciplinary setting: opportunities and challenges

22 May 2015, Bath

Some free places still available. Please email or see TEDDINET website for further information.

Flooding and coastal erosion risk management and Annual Assembly

28 May 2015, Edinburgh

More information (pdf)

Academy of Urbanism Annual Congress – health, happiness and wellbeing,

4–6 June 2015, Birmingham

Further details

Tomorrow’s City Today: prospects for standardising sustainable urban development

12 June 2015, London

Registration and further information

Designing City Resilience

16–17 June 2015, London

Further details

NHS Sustainable Development Unit route map event

8 July 2015, Grantham

More information

International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure

14–15 September 2015, Washington DC, USA

Conference details

UK Passivhaus conference 2015

20 October 2015, London

Further details

European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) conference 2017

6–8 June 2017, Glasgow

As ECCA2015 draws to an end, it’s time to look ahead to the next ECCA event, which will be held in Glasgow.


Gold at #RHSChelsea for @chrisbeardshaw vibrant Healthy Cities garden | @The_RHS

Houses built after 1990, flats & London homes at higher risk of overheating @lborouniversity

Innovative new auto-shading to reduce overheating | @globalconreview

Health effects of home energy efficiency interventions – new study @BMJ_Open @uclnews

How cities are outgrowing the automobile | @guardian