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

Welcome to the March edition of the SAGES Bulletin. February is too short for a Bulletin – maybe in a leap year...

This month we continue with the ‘Industry News’ digest – we would welcome any feedback on this summary – it can be tailored to suits your needs. (feedback to

SAGES PhD recruitment has been in full swing, interviewing of 23 excellent candidates took place last week – and offers have gone out. Thanks to the great work of John Howe and Carol, SAGES offers have been amongst the very first to go out in this year’s PhD recruitment cycle. We will introduce all the new students in the next Bulletin.

In June last year Professor Sheila Rowan took up the role of Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government. The roles of the CSAs is threefold; 1) to provide expert scientific advice to the Scottish Government about science-related issues, evidence and new developments that may have an impact on the Scottish Government's work, 2) to champion the use of science to inform policy development across the Scottish Government, and 3) to support Scotland's world-leading science base and its potential to benefit Scotland's economy, people and environment.

I had the pleasure to host Prof. Rowan during her visit to a SAGES partner [SAMS] last Friday. This gave an opportunity to present the SAGES network as the powerful research base in geo and environmental science. It was a timely and welcomed visit; the new CSA has acquired knowledge of the broad range of science within SAGES and how that research is relevant to government and society.

Prof. Rowan on far right, yours truly on left. (Mark Inall, Nick Owens, Keith Davidson, Sheila Heymans, Sheila Rowan)

Alongside Prof. Rowan (the CSA ‘without portfolio’ as it were) sit specialist CSAs.
Professor Louise Heathwaite has been Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs and Environment (CSA RAE) since September 2012.

Prof. Heathwaite has a keen interest in success of research pools, and naturally in SAGES. It’s a pleasure to announce that Prof. Heathwaite has agreed to Chair the SAGES Advisory Board. Our Advisory Board is a non-executive body which provides advice and strategic guidance on overall alliance implementation, direction and coherence of SAGES. We welcome Professor Heathwaite to SAGES Board.

Prof. Mark Inall FInstP, SAGES Director

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New opportunities - SAGES

SAGES PEER and PECRE schemes will open soon for a new funding round - keep on eye on the SAGES website for details. 

SAGES Mall Grant Scheme will also soon open for a second round, and a new scheme to support/sponsor international conference will be launched.

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. A further call will be made in Spring 2017.

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
2050 Climate Group - Join the Young Leaders Development Programme 2017
The 2050 Climate Group are looking for bright, passionate young professionals and recent graduates (aged ~ 20-30) working in any sector/industry across Scotland to join this year’s 2050 Young Leaders Development Programme (YLDP).
After the success of the 2016 Young Leaders Development Programme, 2050 are delighted to offer placement to a new cohort of young leaders in Scotland! The free training programme is open to young professionals and recent graduates (aged ~ 20 - 30)  who are looking for an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, understand the solutions to tackling climate change and realise their potential to help Scotland’s transition to a low carbon society.
Find out more: 

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:

SAGES MEET UP: A View Inside The Data Lab & ClimateXChange 

Wednesday 26th April 2017, 12.30 - 16.30, ECCI

Delivering real impact from NERC funded research requires effective engagement with Public Sector, Policy and Government organisations. 

In order to help forge valuable connections with these networks ECCI's Innovation team invites SAGES members to this first Meet up. This afternoon event is an opportunity to meet other SAGES members and find out about the work of Scotland’s Data Innovation Centre (based at the University of Edinburgh) and the role of ClimateXChange - Scotland's centre for expertise on climate change.


Datafest 2017
23 & 24 March 2017, The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh 

Focusing on #DataChangesEverything, the two day Data Summit will explore leading examples of successes and challenges of transformation using data, with a forward look to how this will develop across industry and social sectors in the future. 
Contact for more information:

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:

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.
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