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Visions of Cambridge in 2065: report launch on 8 September 2015

CSaP and the Forum co-lead Cambridge Foresight 'Future of Cities' project What is your vision of Cambridge in 2065? This is the question being asked by 'Visions of Cambridge in 2065', one of 6 city case studies supported by the ...

Is there a place for the humanities in climate change policy?

A discussion on the multiple dimensions of climate change with a particular focus on the incorporation of the humanities featured three engaging speakers from backgrounds in both academia and the private sector. The session was chaired by Professor James Wilsdon, a lecturer in science policy at the University of Sussex.

Steven Chu delivers the 2014 S T Lee Lecture on energy and climate change

In November 2014, Professor Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize winner and former US Secretary of Energy under President Obama, visited the University of Cambridge to deliver the 2014 Dr S T Lee Public Policy Lecture on energy and climate change. ...

If you were planning a sustainable city, what would you include in it?

What will the impact of increasing numbers of people living in cities be on society, or biodiversity, or on food, water and energy security?

CSaP welcomes inaugural Visiting Research Fellow

You can listen to podcasts of Charles Kennel's lectures on adaptation to climate change here. CSaP is piloting a new programme for Visiting Research Fellows, which will bring internationally outstanding researchers to Cambridge for a residential programme. Visiting Research Fellows ...

Sir Mark Walport delivers CSaP lecture on climate change

“Science isn’t finished until it’s communicated”, said UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Mark Walport, as he delivered CSaP's distinguished lecture on 17 October.

Global Uncertainties Champion

Tristram Riley-Smith, who spent 2012 as CSaP Visiting Fellow, starts work at 10 Trumpington Street in a new capacity – as the External Champion to the Research Councils’ Global Uncertainties (GU) Programme. We share him with Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), where he has been appointed to a new, senior, post to support this Champion’s role.

Tales of the unexpected

This year’s Annual AAAS meeting in Boston saw much joint activity between AAAS and the EU. The highlight was a packed session organized by the EU Joint Research Centre on how science advisers deal with uncertainty in policy advice, in which the Commission’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Anne Glover, spoke alongside the Presidential Science Adviser, Dr. John Holdren, and CSaP’s Miles Parker. It attracted an audience of about 300 and active questioning.

David Mackay appointed Regius Professor of Engineering

Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, Professor David MacKay, has been appointed Regius Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Such Professorships are Royal academic titles, created by the monarch. The Engineering role, announced in 2011 was created to celebrate the Duke of Edinburgh’s 34 years as Chancellor of the University.

CRASSH Biodiversity Workshop

Report of the two day Biodiversity Knowledge Politics workshop jointly hosted by CSaP and CRASSH

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