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ARCC news for September 2014

ARCC network news & events

New job at ARCC – Senior Scientific & Knowledge Exchange Officer, Oxford

The Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) network is seeking an experienced Senior Scientific & Knowledge Exchange Officer who can fill a new role to provide strategic guidance and practical input into the development and delivery of the network. Building on their experience in key areas of adaptation in the built environment and infrastructure sectors (e.g. smart adapting cities, buildings and extreme events), this new post will ensure that evidence from research continues to inform policy and other decision-making processes. This is a two-year appointment and the deadline for applications is 12noon, 17 October 2014.

New in the OpenARCC blog

EPSRC expects that every research organisation it funds will publish metadata describing the data projects have produced within 12 months of the data being created. To help projects fulfil this requirement, OpenARCC now includes the beginnings of an ARCC data list. We are starting from a low base, with few organisations having published metadata so far; so OpenARCC has set up a simple 5 point list to get the ball rolling. To start the process of adding your data, please contact When we have a clearer picture of what there is out there, we will start to design a system that makes it possible to share and re-use the data where appropriate.

ROS is dead, long live Researchfish – OpenARCC can help

Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators should have received emails inviting them to register with the new Research Council reporting system, Researchfish, which replaces ROS (Research Outcomes System). The first thing to do is check that your projects have been migrated successfully. As part of the OpenARCC project, Fiona Hewer is keen to help PIs make the checks (no really!). From 16 October, Researchfish will be the only way to notify your funder about publications and other achievements. New outputs can be added to Researchfish at any time, but these can only be submitted by PIs during the annual submission round. The first submission round will close at 4pm on 13th November. For more information visit OpenARCC, or contact Fiona.

Project news & events

iBUILD stakeholder meeting, 12 November 2014, Leeds

The forthcoming stakeholder meeting from iBUILD (Infrastructure BUsiness models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery) will include an update on latest progress, a choice of workshops and a panel discussion on infrastructure financing. Workshops include: alternative infrastructure business models; and discussion on a network of charging points for electric vehicles.

Other news

Final call for comment on draft adaptation indicators

The deadline for comments on the proposed indicator set to be used in the forthcoming National Adaptation Programme is approaching. Expert views on the indicator set, prepared by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Committee on Climate Change, are welcome until the closing date of 30 September 2014.

National Infrastructure Client Leadership Group – new initiative from CIRIA

CIRIA – the construction industry research and information association – has launched the National Infrastructure Client Leadership Group, bringing together large UK infrastructure providers from the transport and utilities sectors. The group aims to work across these sectors to: identify common challenges & opportunities, find ways to transform current practice, provide a shared platform for engagement in industry leadership activities; and identify the need for further infrastructure-focussed activities. Founding members include: Crossrail, Environment Agency, Gatwick Airport, Highways Agency, London Underground, Northumbrian Water and Thames Water.

New Climate Economy makes the economic case for addressing climate change

group of global institutions, including the UN and the OECD, have concluded that addressing the challenges of climate change can boost economic growth as well as improving key areas such as public health and air pollution. Co-authored by Nicholas Stern, ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ argues that misplaced assumptions about our current economic system are masking the many benefits of a transition to a lower-carbon, more sustainable global economy.

Innovate UK call for integrated future cities

Innovate UK (formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board) is inviting applications for funding of up to £6m to develop innovative solutions that can help cities plan more successfully for the future. ‘An integrated future for cities’ is part of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) aims to improve understanding of how infrastructures interact, so that they can be better integrated. Registration is open until 7 January 2015, and applications must be submitted by 14 January 2015.

Call for ERA-NET on Smart Urban Futures

Under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme of funding comes a sub-call on smart urban futures, with the aim of developing more sustainable, open, innovative and inclusive urban areas. The call is due to open on 10 December 2014.

Reflections on the impact of the UK government’s infrastructure routemap

Researchers from Leeds University have assessed the early impact of the government’s ‘infrastructure routemap’. The routemap, launched in 2013, aims to help  infrastructure providers to improve delivery and to save money. Findings from the assessment include the need for a clear project vision, shared across the organisation, and also an indication that the past experiences were not necessarily informing and updating subsequent practice. Assessment of the infrastructure routemap will continue as part of the work of the iBuild research centre – one of the projects that makes up the ARCC network.

Standards for overheating on wards

The NHS Sustainable Development Unit is seeking information and advice on establishing and monitoring thresholds for overheating in hospital wards in England. This is in response to the recent assessment by the Government’s scrutiny body, the Adaptation Sub-Committee, on climate risks to health and wellbeing.

Recruitment – Senior Policy Officer, ClimateXChange, Edinburgh

ClimateXChange is a consortium of 16 research and higher education institutions in Scotland. It provides advice, research and analysis to support the Scottish Government on adapting to the changing climate and the transition to a low carbon society. ClimateXChange is now seeking an experienced individual to undertake a leadership role within its Adaptation work programme. This is a one-year appointment in the first instance, and the deadline for applications is 5pm, 26 September 2014.

Other events

LWEC health conference 2014 – promoting health and wellbeing in our changing environment, 25 September 2014, Glasgow

Urban Big Data Workshop (workshop and launch event), 30 September 2014, Glasgow

International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI), 30 September –1 October 2014, Vienna – programme now online

Putting sustainability into practice – actions for sustainable health and social care systems, 1 October 2014, Reading

Understanding climate change policy, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, 6 October 2014

Academics v Practitioners: different approaches to emergency planning management,  8 October 2014 (evening event), York

Sustainability West Midlands Health and Climate Adaptation workshops and network launch, 4 November 2014, Birmingham