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Making the International Trade System Work for Climate Change

One source of potent greenhouse gas pinned down

Antarctic landscape insights keep ice loss forecasts on the radar

Slight climate shifts can affect optimum water use in plant communities

Strategies for feeding the world more sustainably with organic agriculture

A study to scope and develop urban natural capital accounts for the UK 

 REF2021: Where are we on interdisciplinary research?

The UK funding bodies have recently published initial decisions (REF2017/01) for the development of REF2021 and have now opened sub-panel nominations which include a specific role with duties related to IDR.

Managing your research data effectively

WHEN: Monday 20 November, 14.00 – 17.00

WHERE: 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room B


Full list of workshops in the University you can find here:

A new book on climate change and Indigenous and local communities might be of interest to you all.
"The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change” (Pegasus Books) is a new book by Dr. Gleb Raygorodetsky, exploring how the inextricable links between Indigenous cultures and their lands form the foundation for climate change resilience around the world.

Elsevier Publishing Campus - Training. Advice. Discussion. Networking.

Remember! Dedicated training takes time and effort on your part and Elsevier believes you should be recognized for this. For each interactive training module or online lecture you complete we will award you with an Elsevier certificate. You can store and download these direct from your Campus profile page.     

The new Global Challenges Initiative (GCI) will have its first Round Table on research relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and focussing on early career researchers on the 8th December. 14:00- 17:00, Rayleigh Seminar Room, Maxwell Centre.   

GCRF Round Tables for Early Career Researchers

The Round Tables, which will prioritise participation by early career researchers, will be informal and discursive. Speakers are encouraged to present on the progress of their research, and any difficulties they are facing working in developing countries. GCI will try to help with the latter where possible.    

 Please register here if you would like to contribute with a presentation about your research and/or to participate in the discussion. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.  

 Sara Serradas Duarte 

On behalf of the GCI Directorate


Please see application form for the 4th Data Study Group which will be held at the Alan Turing Institute from 11 to 15 December 2017.

Data Study Groups bring together researchers, data practitioners, and industry representatives from leading organisations to work together on data science challenges posed by partner organisations in multi-disciplinary teams, enabling researchers to build collaborations and work with real-world industry datasets.

 In December we will host the following challenges (along with one or two others who are still confirming their participation)

  • Can data science help identify potential drivers of engaging in extremism?
  • Can the news help us understand global instability?
  • Can we use time-series analyses to predict the geospatial demand for a global satellite communications network?
  • How do our food choices affect climate change?

We are looking for PhD students, postdocs and other early career researchers to participate.

Particularly relevant skills could be associated with the analysis of time-series and geospatial data, neural networks,  natural language processing (sentiment, topic and grammar), clinical studies, survey data, and web-scraping. The teams will also benefit from anyone with a background in sociology, psychology, political science, or computer science (compilers or static program analysis).

But this is not an exhaustive list and there are no specific prerequisites. The application form asks for your technical experience and your experience working in collaborative groups. We have a very wide definition of both, please be creative in your answers. If you think you can help our partners to answer these important questions, we want to hear from you!

For more information please see:

You can apply directly here: . The closing date is Sunday 19th November.

The Institute will cover travel and accommodation expenses, and provide food and drink throughout the week.

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to increasing the representation of female, black and minority ethnic, LGBTQ+, disabled and neuroatypical researchers in data science. We believe the best solutions to challenges result when a diverse team work together to share and benefit from the different facets of their experience. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Dr Kirstie Whitaker at, particularly if you are unsure about your qualifications or suitability for membership of the Data Study Group. 

Please share this announcement with any of your colleagues who might be interested in joining.

Best wishes,

Sebastian Vollmer on behalf of the Data Study Group executive team

Announcing the publication of a new book, "Building Sustainable Cities of the Future" available from Springer ( and flyer attached). This book draws upon the expertise of academic researchers, urban planners and architects to explore the challenge of building the sustainable cities of the future. It addresses this challenge by considering current cities and those of the near future, and creates a picture of the sustainable city from the bottom up. Individual chapters cover topics such as transport, energy supply, sustainable urbanism and promoting social equality in large infrastructure projects. Real-world examples are presented to illustrate how systems thinking is used to integrate different components of a city so as to ensure that the whole is more sustainable than its parts. Written in an accessible style, this book is intended for general readers as much as it is for students and researchers interested in sustainable cities and related topics. It is also ideal for urban planners seeking best-practice guidelines for sustainable urban development. Yours sincerely, -- Justin Bishop Editor, "Building Sustainable Cities of the Future"


Denman Lecture 2017: Urbanisation in Africa – The Challenge of Building Cities that Work

 Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing rapid population growth. Yet their economic growth has not kept pace. Tony Venables, BP Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford, will explore solutions to one of the most challenging problems in applied economics, bringing together his research on trade theory, economic geography, competition, and the theory of the firm. More information at:

 Please register for tickets via the link on the webpage. Sponsorship from the Howard Group, means tickets are free for students and staff.


The CONSORTIUM FOR THE GLOBAL SOUTH invites you to participate in the first of its Tricontinental Tea Seminars. This informal series is intended to connect researchers working in different departments and disciplines within the University departments, to share knowledge, and to explore the potential for future collaborative projects. THE POLITICS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH 4.00-6.30PM, FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER, ROOM S1, ALISON RICHARD BUILDING Postgraduate students and any others who would like to learn about the range of research being undertaken at Cambridge on this topic are welcome to attend. Please register by sending message to Julie Coimbra ( The event will take the following format: 4.00-5.30pm Brief presentations (5-10 minutes) by individual researchers on their areas of inter 5.30-6.00pm Tea and informal connections 6.00-6.30pm Roundtable discussion on emerging themes and potential collaborative projects The Consortium for the Global South is led by the Centre of African Studies, the Centre of Development Studies, the Centre of Latin American Studies, and the Centre of South Asian Studies. It exists to promote the interdisciplinary study of the Global South within the University of Cambridge and beyond







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