SAGES Bulletin February 2017
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SAGES Bulletin
Connecting the Network
February 2017
Dear SAGES Member,

Welcome to the January edition of the SAGES Bulletin. This month we launch a new ‘Industry News’ digest – a one page summary of news items gathered into environmental ‘cluster’ areas. One cluster, ‘Water and Water Governance’, has direct relevance to the newest SAGES Forum “Integrated Water Cycle Management” – introduced below by the Forum leader David Blackwood (Abertay).

Also this month we properly introduce Massimo Bollasina (Edinburgh) as the new Centre for Earth System Dynamic (CESD) leader, and note that a CESD workshop will be organised in late spring.

Radio 4 listeners may have recently heard Pete Nienow’s (Edinburgh) early morning interview. Congratulations to Pete on his Polar Medal! 
Prof. Mark Inall FInstP, SAGES Director

Introducing two more Fora leaders …

David Blackwood, Integrated Water Cycle Management Forum

David told us: "The aim of the forum is to provide a network to facilitate and support high impact multidisciplinary research in water cycle management, linking natural science research, applied research in water quality and quantity management in rural and urban areas and research end users.  The forum will arrange a workshop and then establish working groups to produce integrating work of high scientific quality which can  facilitate SAGES community responses to future RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund calls or similar opportunities.  It is open to all.  I look forward to meeting you early in the new year."

Massimo Bollasina, CESD Leader

As mentioned briefly last month, Massimo Bollasina (Edinburgh) takes over from Simon Tett as leader of the Centre for Earth System Dynamics theme. A warm welcome to him!

Massimo researches into mechanisms and physical processes controlling changes in regional hydroclimate at seasonal to interdecadal time scales (and beyond). The aims are to both to reduce the current uncertainty related to anthropogenic aerosol forcing, and to comprehensively investigate the complex relationships with other anthropogenic forcing agents (e.g., greenhouse gases, land-use changes) and with the underlying natural climate variability. 

Massimo is interested in conducting studies in a multidisciplinary framework, in which the interactions between climate and other disciplines (e.g., air quality, ecosystems and environment, water and energy management) are also investigated. An excellent fit with SAGES! Massimo will be hosting a spring/early summer workshop for SAGES members to find out more about the opportunities we can put in place for better engagement with CESD.

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New opportunities - SAGES

SAGES is accepting new academic and research members and postgraduate members. We have changed the criteria for PhD members, you can become an associated member with one SAGES partner supervisor, only SAGES funded members require 2 supervisors from partner institutes. The membership criteria and online application can be found on the website.
Our recent call for PEER & PECRE funds has closed wuith funding approved for 9 applications;
Dr Ramon Ondicol (Aberdeen) = £2061
Damon Davies (Edinburgh) = £3000
Penelope How (Edinburgh) = £2100
Leo Peskett (Edinburgh) = £2270
Dr Georgios Maniatis (Glasgow) = £1500
Dr Richard Williams (Glasgow) = £2599
Neil Fraser (SAMS) = £530
Loic Houpert (SAMS) = £3000
Dr John Hughes (UWS) = £1500
 A further call will be made in Spring 2017.

We now have 4 approved SAGES Research Fora (details to follow on the website) and another 2 awaiting approval. This opportunity to propose SAGES Research Fora - focused special interest groups which, on approval, will receive financial support from SAGES, is still open. Refer to the announcement of opportunity on our website for details.

Our recent call for the SAGES Small Grants Scheme is now closed with funding approved for 18 applications. Another call will be announced soon.

SAGES held a joint Executive Committee and Research & Innovation Committee meeting at the University of Glasgow on 8 November 2016. The next meeting is scheduled for May 2017 at ECCI.

New opportunities - External

Competition Briefing and Brokerage Events for Innovation in Infrastructure Systems (round 2)

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in projects to stimulate innovation that creates UK business growth in infrastructure systems. KTN is hosting briefing and brokerage events to support this competition. The event will benefit businesses, academics, researchers and local authorities involved in energy systems, resilient urban systems, connected transport systems
Tue, 24 Jan, London - Competition briefing (also available as a webcast)
Thu, 26 Jan, Liverpool - Brokerage Event
Tue, 31 Jan, Belfast - Brokerage Event
Tue 31 Jan, Coventry - Brokerage Event on Connected Transport
Thu, 2 Feb, Edinburgh - Brokerage Event
Tue, 7 Feb, Cardiff - Brokerage Event
The morning session of 'The Local Innovation Landscape; Innovate UK in the West Midlands' event on Thu, 19 Jan in Birmingham will focus on this competition.
More info: 

India Focus Group

The GIAN (Global Initiative of Academic Networks) in India is *now open for applications*. GIAN funds visits of foreign faculty to Indian universities to deliver teaching and, “create avenues for possible collaborative research”. Both the short (two week) and GIAN Plus (two months up to one semester) are open for submission. More information is available on the website:
The deadline is 28th February for activity between spring 2017 and end of 2017. 

Valuing Nature Placements 2017
Researchers are invited to apply to work for up to four months on Valuing Nature topics in a new disciplinary, institutional or applied setting. £130k is available to support the placements.
This scheme was first run in 2016 and was described by Placement Holders as a transformative experience. Summaries and videos from the 12 Placements funded in 2016 are available here<>.

All-Energy 2017 Call for papers

The annual Call for Papers for the UK’s largest conference devoted to renewable and low carbon energy solutions is live. The seventeenth All-Energy exhibition and conference will be held Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May 2017 at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). 
Further information:  and
The Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund

Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund is an opportunity for public, community and third sector organisations to apply for funding under the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Programme to facilitate the delivery of active travel and low carbon transport hubs. 
Organisations can bid for up to 40/50% of their total project costs, up to £2M, with the remainder of project costs provided through match funding from other non-European public sources.
The deadline for all applications is Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 4.00pm. 
Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2017: Nominations Open

Do you know someone who has achieved beyond all expectations? Who is pioneering new ideas? Or someone who has the drive and ambition to evolve the renewable energy industry for the better?
If so, nominate them today and give them the recognition they deserve.
Nominations are open to anyone who has been working in the industry for five years or fewer.
Deadline for entries: Friday 10 March at 5.00pm. 
Take action on climate change through entrepreneurship - Climate KIC Summer School 

Take action, join the Climate-KIC Journey: Europe’s largest summer school for climate innovation and entrepreneurship offers a unique combination of climate knowledge and hands-on business experience.
The Journey is the world’s largest climate innovation summer school. It brings together students and professionals from all over the world.
From validating an idea to understanding the market, structuring a business, and building a team, Climate-KIC gears you up for the world of climate entrepreneurship.
Get the tools to make an impact on the global effort to find solutions to climate change, and become an entrepreneur.
Find out more: 
Edinburgh conference 3rd to 5th July 2017
PLEA - Passive Low Energy Architecture - is a global network that has led a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through its conferences since 1982. It has a membership of thousands of professionals, academics, students and industry members from over 40 countries.
Please look at the website for PLEA2017 for more info about the call:

Understanding Research Impact - The Data Lab & ClimateXChange

Postponed until mid-March. Please look out for the rescheduled date and more information from us very soon.

Join SAGES & ECCI colleagues for an afternoon of discussions & site visits exploring ways in which The Data Lab and ClimateXChange  connect academic research with industry and policy partners.
Contact to register now.

ESIC - Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference
Monday 20 February 2017, 09:00 – 19:00, Dynamic Earth

The Buchanan Institute is proud to be hosting the Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference (ESIC) - which will be held on Monday 20th February 2017 with the aim to redraft the rhetoric surrounding sustainability into a language that everyone can understand. The event focus will be on empowering people to take action into their own hands, to stimulate greater cooperation between public, private and educational sectors to enact real change. Turning the rhetoric into performance.
More info and registration: 
Edinburgh conference 3rd to 5th July 2017

PLEA - Passive Low Energy Architecture - is a global network that has led a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through its conferences since 1982. It has a membership of thousands of professionals, academics, students and industry members from over 40 countries.
Please look at the website for PLEA2017 for more info about the call:

The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association Scottish National Conference 2017
Wednesday 15 February 2017, Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Programme Highlights
Strategy, drivers, opportunities and political landscape: Mike Berry, Senior Policy Adviser, Zero Waste Delivery/Scottish Government
Technical and operational innovations and best practice: Lidia Krzynowek, The Scottish Biofuel Programme &
Roger Kilburn, Bioeconomy Accelerator, IBioIC
Digestate quality and market: Alison Mckinnie, Zero Waste Scotland Andrew Bauer, NFU Scotland 

Transformations Conference 2017
Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience and Design in Action, University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute 
28-31st August and 1st September 2017 

Transformations 2017 is the third in a biennial series of international interdisciplinary conferences that focuses on transformations towards sustainability: addressing contemporary challenges and creating conditions for enhancing people’s wellbeing, today and in the future, while strengthening the Earth’s support system.
Read more:
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