Evolution or Revolution? - Making research relevant in an uncertain world
The effects of Climate Change will be mankind’s most significant challenge in the next few decades. It will have an unprecedented impact on all our lives and new innovations, strategies and ways of thinking will all be required to successfully address it.
This innovative 3-day course contributes 21 hours towards the 90 hours of generic skills training required for your studies. Those who complete the 3 day course will also receive a certificate.
The Carbon Journey will consist of activities to explore the extent of the problem, the role of the media in promoting public understanding of climate science, the potential opportunities to address its consequences and the barriers that will need to be overcome to make a difference.
You will acquire a range of invaluable transferable skills which will be highly sought after by future employers. Whether you are planning careers in academia, the public sector or industry this course offers research students an exciting opportunity to enhance their profile.
Day 1: “The Climate Journey – It’s Not Weather, It’s How” – Monday 31st October 2016, The Genting Arena, Birmingham
This introductory event at sets the scene for researchers of the future to begin to explore the complex issues around global climate change. It will provide PhD students from a range of disciplines with the opportunity to examine adaptation and mitigation and to consider the potential impact on citizens if United Nations goals are to be met. Participants will consider the approaches taken to communicate messages about climate change to the general public, explore the barriers to promoting public understanding of climate science and consider potential opportunities for bringing about behaviour change
Day 2: “Challenges and Consequences” – Wednesday 25th January 2017, Aston University
You will have the opportunity to join a seminar led by Future Cities Catapult who are experts in Big Data visualisation. A multi-disciplinary workshop, using an innovative problem-based learning approach, will challenge participants to consider the likely structural changes which might be needed in Government, business and academia to address the adverse consequences of climate change.
Day 3: “The Next Steps” – Thursday 26th January 2017, Aston University
With the support of facilitators, the group work and research on the project initiated on day 2 will continue throughout the morning. There will be an opportunity in the afternoon for groups to present a summary of their future scenarios for a carbon critical world to a group of experts.
Pre-requisites: No previous knowledge or expertise is required and students from all disciplines are invited to attend. The course is offered to Aston University PhD students free of charge. Students will need to check with their supervisors that they are able to attend.
The closing date is Tuesday 31st May 2016 at 5pm. Please send any questions to: Dr Jeanette Lilley, Professional Development Advisor (Research) at: firstname.lastname@example.org