Why should we take science to the City?

Following last month’s inaugural Science in the City event, Alyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute, reflects on why it is important to take academia beyond the walls of the universities. Last month, I went to ING Bank’s London offices with Dr Tamaryn Napp, Research Mitigation Associate at the Grantham Institute. Dr Napp, pictured above, was giving a lecture to a … Continue reading Why should we take science to the City?

Earth’s love-hate relationship with carbon dioxide

At last month’s international Pint of Science Festival, the Grantham Institute co-sponsored three events themed around Planet Earth. SSCP DTP student Rachel Bertram, who organised several of the talks, summarises some of the discussions about carbon dioxide, the most well-known greenhouse gas. Over a few nights each May, Pint of Science brings scientists out of their universities and research environments to the local pub where they … Continue reading Earth’s love-hate relationship with carbon dioxide

Inside the minds of Trump voters: do they really all believe climate change was invented by China?

Republican rhetoric, communist hoax and voter psychology; Geraldine Satre Buisson, a PhD student on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership at Imperial College London, looks across the pond at the United States’ attitudes towards climate change. We’ve all seen the tweets. Donald Trump thinks that climate change is a hoax created by China. It is often cited by those who are … Continue reading Inside the minds of Trump voters: do they really all believe climate change was invented by China?

Climate change communication: Taking a leaf from the Brexit book

The upcoming referendum on the UK’s European Union (EU) membership has sparked a fiery debate among politicians, the media and the general public. Simon Bushell asks what climate change communicators can learn from the Brexit campaign. Whether pushing for the UK to leave the EU (“Brexit”) or stay, EU referendum campaigners are urging the British public to take action based on an uncertain future. In this respect, … Continue reading Climate change communication: Taking a leaf from the Brexit book

A trip to the cutting edge of Saudi science

Grantham Institute Co-Director Prof Joanna Haigh shares her impressions on the Saudi science scene following a recent visit to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. I am sitting in the lounge at Jeddah airport, waiting for a flight to London and reflecting on my visit to the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Five days … Continue reading A trip to the cutting edge of Saudi science

Climate change education: filling the gaps

Grantham Institute Education Manager Sophie Smith explains why we need to nurture postgraduates with a broad perspective and a solid skills base. “Climate change education, training and public awareness are essential to achieving the Global Goals.” [targets to tackle poverty and climate change] This quote from the Director-General of UNESCO at COP21 last week sums up my thoughts exactly. Solving any of the major challenges … Continue reading Climate change education: filling the gaps

World leaders are not the only champions for low-carbon living

Grantham Institute co-director Professor Martin Siegert on the inspiring role for innovation and entrepreneurship, and a new public exhibition of practical solutions for a climate change world, showing in central Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21). Reaching an international agreement about the future of carbon emissions is the central aim of around 1,000 officials meeting behind closed doors at COP21. Amongst the aims … Continue reading World leaders are not the only champions for low-carbon living