# IPS Fellowship at the Library of Congress
14th July, 2014
We are delighted to announce that one of our PhD students, Ave Lauren, has been awarded a prestigious AHRC/ESRC IPS Fellowship at the Library of Congress.
# Geography PhD student in Nature Climate Change, July 2014
1st July, 2014
A new article published by PhD student, David Christian Rose, his first academic publication, discusses 'five ways' in which researchers might enhance the impact of climate science. In recognising that evidence is just one factor in a complex decision-making process, climate scientists would do well to 1) reject an evidence-based mindset to presenting knowledge, and 2) adopt an evidence-informed approach allowing knowledge to be persuasive after interaction with other factors. As part of this mindset, climate scientists should 3) not overrate certainty of evidence, 4) tell good news stories, and 5) re-frame climate science to be policy relevant whenever possible.
Rose, D.C. (2014) 'Five ways to enhance the impact of climate science', Nature Climate Change, 4 (7) (25 June 2014): 522–524.
# The Shrinking Commons Symposium
24th June, 2014
On 8-9 September 2014, the department will be hosting a major international Symposium, 'The Shrinking Commons', to debate the changing nature of the commons and the intellectual and political challenges posed by the changes. All are welcome to the public lectures that form part of the Symposium.
# Shane McCorristine collaborates on Antarctic Pavilion at Venice Biennale
17th June, 2014
Dr Shane McCorristine has collaborated with artists and architects on the Antarctic Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Commissioned by the Russian artist Alexander Ponomarev and curated by Nadim Samman, "Antarctopia" is the first time that Antarctica has been represented at this prestigious cultural event. The Pavilion interrogates the architectural relationship humans have with Antarctica, looking at heroic pasts, techno-scientific presents, and imagined futures. Shane contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue entitled "'What shall we call it?' Performing home in Antarctica". The Biennale runs from June 7 - November 23 2014.
# Cambridge Geography ranked best degree by the Guardian University Guide
14th June, 2014
The Department of Geography has once again been placed at the top for Geography and Environmental Science in the the Guardian newspaper 2015 Universities Guide.
Our online course guide has full details on the Geography Degree at Cambridge.
# Pan-Inuit Trails Atlas Launched at SPRI
10th June, 2014
A new digital resource brings together centuries of cultural knowledge for the first time, showing that networks of trails over snow and sea ice, seemingly unconnected to the untrained eye, in fact span a continent – and that the Inuit have long-occupied one of the most resource-rich and contested areas on the planet. The material has been digitised and organised geospatially, with trails mapped out over satellite imagery using global positioning systems. It constitutes the first attempt to map the ancient hubs and networks that have long-existed in a part of the world frequently and wrongly depicted as 'empty': as though an unclaimed stretch of vacant space.
"To the untutored eye, these trails may seem arbitrary and indistinguishable from surrounding landscapes. But for Inuit, the subtle features and contours are etched into their narratives and story-telling traditions with extraordinary precision," said Dr Michael Bravo from the Scott Polar Research Institute, part of the Department of Geography. "This atlas is a first step in making visible some of the most important tracks and trails spanning the North American continent from one end to the other. Essentially the trails and the atlas reduce the topology of the Arctic, revealing it to be a smaller, richer, and more intimate world."
# Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure: 50th Anniversary Conference
4th June, 2014
A conference, Population Histories in Context: Past achievements and future directions, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, will be held on 16th-18th September 2014 at Downing College, Cambridge, UK.
The conference will consist of six themed sessions, with invited speakers covering topics related to the Group's past work and to emerging issues: population and economy; mortality and the urban penalty; household formation systems; marital fertility and celibacy; ageing; and 'the West and the Rest'.
# Active groundwater reservoir found beneath the Antarctic ice sheet
3rd June, 2014
Glaciologists at SPRI have identified a large subglacial groundwater reservoir beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet. The reservoir was found to be connected with a hydrological network in five large drainage basins, and to feed nutrients to subglacial lakes where living organisms may exist. Poul Christoffersen, the lead author of the study, published recently in Geophysical Research Letters, talks to Planet Earth Online.
# Dr Charles Swithinbank
2nd June, 2014
The Institute is sorry to learn of the death of Dr Charles Swithinbank (Emeritus Associate of the SPRI). Charles died peacefully on the morning of 27th May 2014. Many will be familiar with Charles' exceptional achievements concerning science and exploration of the polar regions, especially in Antarctica, which spanned six decades. Charles was an excellent and supportive colleague and a friend to the Institute over many years. There will be a family funeral, followed by a memorial service in due course. An obituary has been published in the Telegraph. His funeral will be at 11.15 on Monday 16th June, in the West Chapel of Cambridge Crematorium.
# Royal Society Resilience event at Hay Festival
29th May, 2014
Dr Bhaskar Vira is participating in a panel discussion on Resilience to Disaster at the Hay Festival 2014, on Friday 30 May. The panel discussion has been organised by the Royal Society, and will be Chaired by Professor Georgina Mace, University College London. The other participants are Dr Camilla Toulmin, Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development, and Professor Katrina Brown, from the University of Exeter.
The event will draw on the work of the Royal Society Working Group on Human Resilience to Climate Change and Disasters, to which Dr Vira is contributing. The panel will discuss the evidence that is being analysed in order to inform the important decisions regarding adaptation and risk reduction that are being made at global, national and local levels. Questions to be address in this session include: How do we prepare ourselves for the impacts of weather-related disasters? What are our options and how do we decide which is the best approach to take? What is the contribution of ecosystem-based approaches to resilience? What are the roles of state, business and community responses in this context?