Researchers pick ‘breakthrough’ technologies for growth

Dr Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre head of impact and engagement was interviewed for a story about ‘breakthrough’ technologies by Aamna Mohdin for SciDev.net Desalination using renewable energy, vaccines to help eradicate HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and electronic textbooks that adapt to readers’ skills are among the 50 development-boosting technologies identified in a report published last…

Citizens and science in a greener China

As China and the UK seek to collaborate more closely in science and innovation, there are lessons they can share about how to govern and debate new technologies, write Adrian Ely and David Tyfield in the Guardian today. A visit to Bejing by UK Chancellor George Osborne and science minister David Willetts this week, bought…

Video: Adrian Ely on steps to sustainability (TEDx)

Adrian Ely talked about technology, innovation and the STEPS Centre’s ideas on pathways to sustainability earlier this year at TEDx Sussex University. The video’s just been made available, so here it is: Video linkAdrian Ely’s profile (STEPS Centre website)

Opening up Sustainable Development decision-making at the UN?

By Adrian Ely, in Rio de Janeiro The Rio+20 conference has been enriched by a process to engage civil society  the Rio+20 Dialogues forSustainable Development.  While innovative and pioneering approaches like this should be encouraged, there is much room for improvement in the future. The Rio Dialogues were initiated in April by the Government of…

INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT GLOBELICS

By Julia Day, STEPS Centre Communications Manager How can innovation contribute to social justice and sustainable development goals? Two of the STEPS Centre’s members will be debating this issue in Argentina next month at the 9th Globelics International Conference in Buenos Aires.Adrian Ely and Adrian Smith will be speaking on the panel of the “Innovation for Social Inclusion and Sustainable…

BELLAGIO: THE FUTURE OF PHILANTHROPY

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre researcher I was lucky enough to participate in a fascinating discussion on global governance and regulation, organised as part of the Bellagio Initiative last week. The Initiative involves a series of global consultations hoping to deliver a new framework for philanthropy and international development in pursuit of human wellbeing in…

ANOTHER WORLD IS INEVITABLE?

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member, reports from the Asia-Europe People’s Forum in Beijing Thirty years ago, the idea that the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) would be held in China would have been inconceivable, but the fact that civil society organisations from all across Europe, Asia and other areas of the world have come together…

ONGOING DISCUSSIONS AT COP-MOP 4

by ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member I am in Bonn this week for meetings around the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the United Nations’ agreement to regulate the trans-boundary movement of living (genetically) modified organisms. From sensitive political discussions over liability and redress to questions over how to incorporate socio-economic considerations into decision-making, the working procedures…

FOOD VS FUEL: CHINA’S BIOENERGY CHALLENGE

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member A recent spotlight on biofuels on the SciDev.net website gives a detailed overview of research issues, including risks and benefits for developing countries and an article by Siwa Msangi of IFPRI on potential food security impacts from the biofuels “revolution”. Msangi’s article points to the need for international policies…