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ARCC news for May 2016

Latest from around the ARCC network…

Green Sky Thinking Week

To kick off Green Sky Thinking Week, ARCC and CIBSE hosted a high-energy and inspirational workshop at London South Bank University. With a series of green infrastructure expert speed talks, participants were given a comprehensive overview of how GI can integrate as a building management service – with energy efficiency gains possible for buildings as well as health benefits to occupants, and identified a range of knowledge gaps and barriers that need to be addressed to increase the mainstream application of GI.

Read the full review on the ARCC website.

Call for research: ARCC at UK Construction Week 2016

18–20 October 2016

We are coordinating a stand and seminars at this year’s UK Construction Week with a provisional focus on retrofit and sustainable materials. This event attracts over 24,000 industry professionals including architects, designers, contractors and planners. We would welcome additional research outputs to showcase – if you are interested in being involved, please provide a 200 word summary of your research and its relevance to UK Construction Week to ARCC communications manager, Tanya Wilkins.

Call for ARCC researchers: energy research data managers

14–15 June, Bath

Many research projects are looking to store, preserve and document data for future reference and to meet RCUK guidelines on data management. The D4MT project within Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation Network (TeddiNet) is working with those looking to implement data management within EPSRC-funded projects and invites interested projects to attend the second in their series of workshops on sharing practices, experiences and solutions.

The next generation of national infrastructure planning: job opportunities with new ITRC/MISTRAL research programme

The UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium is widely regarded for its innovative contributions in systems modelling, risk analysis and infrastructure policy. For this new phase of work four new posts are offered: Infrastructure Systems Modeller, Energy Demand Modeller, Software Technician, Infrastructure Network Analyst.

Infrastructure business models, valuation and innovation for local delivery (iBUILD) project: newsletter and next event

6 June, Leeds

… is now out, and includes information and registration details for their forthcoming event Building the Infrastructure for Regional Powerhouses (pdf, 2.4 MB). This will include keynote addresses from Cllr. James Lewis, Leeds City Council, Adrian Coy, Institution of Civil Engineers and Professor Peter McDermott, University of Salford plus presentations on recent iBUILD work on electric vehicles and public wealth of cities and regions.

Adaptation and Resilience of Coastal Energy Supply (ARCoES) project in the press

Flooded cities, submerged coastal areas and mass migrations, why flooding is the next big business riskARCoES website.

ARCC network blog – Our underground space shouldn’t be a ‘free for all’

Dr Nicole Metje from the Department of Engineering at University of Birmingham outlines the underground complexities facing our large infrastructure providers.

ARCC participation at Australian NCCARF conference

5–7 July 2016, Adelaide

Programme is out now (pdf, 640 KB), ARCC and UKCIP will be participating in a range of sessions.

ARCC Project announcements

Built environment & infrastructure news

Funding call: Evidence centre on UK Housing

The centre will focus on connectivity, accessibility and integration of evidence, and joining up different stakeholders and sectors to provide recommendations for housing policy and practice. Closing date for applications is 16.00pm 11 October 2016.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Delivery Plan 2016/17

ARCC encourages you to all engage with the Delivery Plan and to bring ideas forward that fulfil the ambitions outlined within the Outcomes Framework of a productive, connected, resilient and healthy nation.

Research Councils UK – Urban Regeneration Partnerships £3.9 million

With a ‘whole city’ approach, this funding will give the cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Gateshead and York the opportunity to improve their cities in facing the challenges of modern urban living, such as overheating, congestion, poor supply of water and waste removal.

Funding has been provided by seven of the UK Research Councils and the government’s innovation agency Innovative UK.

Launch – Energy Systems Catapult

The recently launched Energy Systems Catapult has been set up to help the UK clean up its energy system and to deliver it in a way that is secure and affordable for all. As part of their 5 year plan, they are looking at how innovators can access data and knowledge, new research and analysis.

£20m EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration

Led by Newcastle University and with expertise from the universities of Heriot-Watt, Sussex, Edinburgh and Durham, this will bring together energy experts from around the world to help unravel the energy network and understand future supply and demand.

New reports: Joseph Rowntree Foundation on care provision and public health in a changing climate

With hotter, drier summers and heatwaves of greater frequency and intensity, there are serious implications for the UK’s ageing population relating to provision of care and of public health more broadly. JRF have released two new reports on these areas:

Could you be the new Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee?

The Committee on Climate Change is seeking a new Chair to lead the work of its Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) from 1 February 2017. The new Chair will succeed Lord Krebs who has led the six-member Adaptation Sub-Committee since May 2009. Lord Krebs served a full five-year term, which was extended for a further two years in 2014.

New report: Living without electricity

How would daily life in the UK be impacted as a result of four days without electricity? This new report from Lancaster University, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) tells the story.

New European Commission report on research for environmental policymaking

Research for environmental policymaking: how to prioritise, communicate and measure impact (pdf, 790 KB)


Chartered Institute of Housing

28–30 June 2016

This event is a forum for professionals from all corners of housing to come together and talk about big issues across the sector. How can the UK build the houses this country needs to increase supply across all tenures?

Final Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk management (FCERM) network assembly

29 June 2016, Newcastle

The theme for the 2016 Annual Assembly will be Future-Thinking in FCERM – a call to the Flood Risk Management Community to consider the innovative approaches to building flood-resilient societies in a time of environmental change. More information and registration.

Feedback in energy demand reduction: Examining evidence and exploring opportunities

4–5 July, Edinburgh

With over 40 speakers from academia, industry and policy, this is the first ever energy feedback symposium.

Water and Impact Assessment: Investment, Infrastructure, Legacy

31 October–2 September 2016, Lincoln

This IAIA symposium aims to advance a multidisciplinary discussion about the challenges and opportunities associated with the management of water-related impacts across investment sectors

International Symposia for New Gen Infrastructure

1–2 September 2016, Wollongong Australia

A coordinated global infrastructure research programme about long term infrastructure and land use planning.

Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016

5–9 September 2016, Shanghai, China

Call for poster presentations: As we become a mainly urban species, we have significant challenges and exciting opportunities ahead of us, as we try to transition towards more. The deadline for submission of abstracts has passed however you can submit a poster presentation by 27 May 2016.