Open Science Map: Charting the development of Open Science practices in Latin America

Open Science represents a new approach in scientific knowledge based on collaborative work and new ways of spreading information using digital technologies. There are many benefits that come with open science practices such as different forms of participation, a more efficient production of knowledge and alternative trajectories of social and technological development. In Latin America,…

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How do we ‘co-produce’ transformative knowledge?

by Andy Stirling, Adrian Ely and Fiona Marshall This is one in a series of four blog posts exploring ideas and case studies on ‘transformations’, drawing on research carried out in 2017 and looking forward to the STEPS Centre’s work in 2018. For background and links to the other posts, read the introduction. There is…

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Facts vs truth: Brexit and sustainability in turbulent times

Today the UK’s Article 50 letter will be delivered, formally marking the UK’s intention to leave the European Union. Two weeks ago a conference on ‘Sustainability in Turbulent Times’ was held in London to discuss the uncertainties around Brexit and other momentous political developments in the global North, which seem to be driven by a…

Landmarks: how to get up close and personal with nature

I’ve just finished reading Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane, and it’s a must-read for anyone interested in sustainability and language. Each chapter focuses on one or two authors who’ve made deep impressions on Macfarlane through their writing about the natural world – including Nan Shepherd’s deep explorations of the Cairngorms, Roger Deakin’s explorations of wild swimming,…

Knowledge is power: towards Low Carbon Energy in Africa

The G7 have promised to phase out fossil fuel emissions by the end of the century. Though a long-term target, it’s the first time a proper date has been set for a decarbonised economy for this group of industrialised nations. It will affect the tone of the negotiations at the UN climate talks in Paris…

From Knowledge Economy to Innovation Democracy

The ESRC STEPS Centre’s Co-Director Professor Andy Stirling recently gave a keynote speech at the European Commission’s ‘FTA 2014: future oriented technology analysis’ conference. Prof. Stirling’s address, From Knowledge Economy to Innovation Democracy: collective action in the shaping of scientific and technological futures, was based on his extensive work on technocratic transitions and opening up…

PLANET UNDER PRESSURE: BEYOND SCIENCE?

Planet Under Pressure, which ends today, is a big conference – not only in terms of the crowds of people here, but in the grand scale of the problems we’re here to tackle. Global changes in populations, weather patterns and food systems create complex, interrelated problems. A bewildering array of answers to these problems is…

DIVERSITY, DISTRIBUTION AND DEVELOPMENT THROUGH KNOWLEDGE, NETWORKS AND NATIONS

By Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director A new report by the Royal Society surveys the global scientific landscape in 2011, noting the shift to an increasingly multipolar world underpinned by the rise of new scientific powers such as China, India and Brazil. Melissa Leach was on the Advisory Group for the report. The Royal Society’s…

ANDY STIRLING ON SCIENCE & SCEPTICISM

After the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, John Beddington, called for scientists to be “grossly intolerant” of pseudo-science The point is that the basic aspirational principles of science offer the best means to challenge the ubiquitously human distorting pressures of self-serving privilege, hubris, prejudice and power. Among these principles are exactly the scepticism and tolerance…

ADRIAN ELY AT BRIGHTON CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE, 15 APRIL

April’s Café Scientifique is on “Scientific progress and the economic impact fallacy” with an introductory talk by Philip Moriarty. Our very own Adrian Ely will be hosting. It’s on 15 April at 7.30pm, at The Latest Music Bar in Manchester St. Quote: In these financially straitened times, shouldn’t scientific research in universities be focussed on…