DSA DAY 3: STEPS PANEL 4 – BIOTECHNOLOGY ‘PRO-POOR CONSENSUS’

Examining the ‘pro-poor consensus’ on biotechnology: a moveable boundary between public and private is the subject for the final STEPS panel session. (Photo: Glover, Brooks, Ely) The three STEPS members taking part in the panel this morning span several aspects of Centre’s work: STEPS Research Officer and IDS DPhil student Sally Brooks, STEPS Research Fellow…

CHINA REPORT: “THREE GORGES DAM – TRULY GORGEOUS!”

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member Yes, that is a real quote from the official guidebook. China’s soaring energy demands require drastic measures if supply is to keep up with the demands of the country’s increasingly affluent population. On the way back from a meeting in Wuhan, I took the opportunity to visit the infamous…

ECOSUMMIT DAY 4: BEIJING DECLARATION

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member Finally, on the last day of the Ecosummit, the organisers presented a ‘Beijing declaration’, which called for more environmentally sensitive development and highlighted the important contribution that ecology could make in reaching this goal. Having greatly enjoyed his previous talks, I decided to attend Rusong Wang’s morning session on…

ECOSUMMIT DAY 3: TRADITION AND INNOVATION HAND-IN-HAND

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member From the role of ‘ancient wisdom’ in responding to climate change to the challenges of planning a sustainable Beijing to 2050, a recognition of the complementary importance of tradition and innovation permeated many of the talks on very busy and diverse day. At 8.30am sharp I went straight to…

ECOSUMMIT DAY 2: ECOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND NEOLITHIC PATHWAYS TO UNSUSTAINABILITY

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member The latest theory and practice in ecological science, topped the bill on Day 2 of the Ecosummit, as well as some “big picture” viewpoints looking at humankind’s place in ecosystems, from modern cities right back to the Neolithic age. Wolfgang Haber gave a fascinating picture of some highly significant,…

ECOSUMMIT DAY 1: DAVID, GOLIATH & THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF ECOLOGY

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member The first morning of the EcoSummit 2007 started with a plenary session of four “state of the art” keynotes, delivered to a packed hall of delegates. Each of the speakers highlighted the growth in interdisciplinarity and international collaboration as fundamental to the challenges posed by ecological complexity and sustainability….

ECOSUMMIT 2007: BRUSSELS TO BEIJING BY LAND ON THE TRANS-MONGOLIAN EXPRESS

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member I was keen to try and cut my carbon footprint in coming to Beijing for the Ecosummit and had been lucky enough to find the time and the resources necessary to travel to the conference by land, which allowed me the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating journey. I left…