May 2014

May 2014

30 May 2014: Conference: CUSP2014: The Geoscience Context for Europe's Urban Sustainability - Lessons from Glasgow and beyond

Read the full conference report on The Geoscience Context for Europe's Urban Sustainability - Lessons from Glasgow and beyond by Dr Rachael Ellen, British Geological Survey.

29 May 2014: Early Stage Researchers' Workshop (CUSP-COST)

Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, is built along the upper Clyde estuary and lower River Clyde. In the heart of the city are the Clyde Gateway and Clyde Waterfront areas – the national urban regeneration priority for Scotland over the next 25 years. To underpin this regeneration, BGS has been developing integrated and attributed dynamic shallow-earth 3D models, in partnership with Glasgow City Council and other organisations. This transdisciplinary project - CUSP- aims to make geoscience information more accessible, relevant and understandable to the wide range of users involved in the sustainable regeneration and development of Glasgow and the Clyde Gateway.

These events showcased the work, and knowledge exchange (ASK and GSPEC) taking place, and its relevance to sustainable use of the urban sub-surface being promoted by the related European COST Action-Sub-Urban.

27 May 2014: Edinburgh Lecture 2014: Challenges and Opportunities in Future Cities

Speaker: Professor Jeremy Watson CBE FREng CEng DPhil FIET FICE
Professor of Engineering Systems, University College London and Director for Science and Technology at Arup.

Read the summary report of Professor Watson's Edinburgh lecture on Challenges and Opportunities in Future Cities

Future Cities face diverse challenges, not least mass-urbanisation, the need for resource efficiency and the aging demography. However they also offer many opportunities for economic and societal growth. Future Cities are therefore of key interest to government, and research is being encouraged by funding councils and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). TSB provided focus through the Future Cities competition (won by Glasgow in 2012) and the establishment of the Cities Catapult. The concept of a ‘smart future city’ brings enabling benefits of pervasive digital connections and open ‘big’ data to provide opportunities which can improve city services, citizen wellbeing and economic performance.

This was a joint event with National Museums Scotland and part of the Edinburgh Lectures 2014 series.

19 May 2014: 2013 Sir James Black Prize Lecture: The Cultures of Apes and Other Animals

Speaker: Professor Andrew Whiten FRSE FBA, Professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology and Wardlaw Professor of Psychology, University of St Andrews.

Read the summary report of Professor Whiten's lecture on The Cultures of apes and Other Animals

We humans acquire so much of our behaviour from the culture we are brought up in that one might suppose this separates us from the rest of nature. A rapidly growing array of animal studies shows instead that learning from other is widespread and in some species creates surprisingly rich local cultures. This lecture highlighted recent discoveries in primates and other species, revealing animal culture as a ‘second inheritance system’ in biology that complements the better known results of genetic inheritance.


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