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23 April, 2018 - Mining, social conflict and alternatives in Peru and Colombia

Time: 18:00:00 - 20:30:00

The Peru Support Group, ABColombia, Cafod and UCL Institute of the Americas invite you to this panel discussion. Large-scale mining projects are strongly backed by the Colombian and Peruvian state as a source of revenue and jobs. However, they have a long record of damaging social and environmental impacts. They harm people’s health and disrupt food production. They contribute to biodiversity loss and pollute water sources. Local communities are frequently displaced, repressed and criminalised for protesting against these projects, triggered by the lack of effective channels of social participation into decisions affecting their livelihoods. This event will explore expert analysis on the current situation of human rights defenders in Colombia and Peru in relation to mining operations, and will also discuss alternatives to mining projects. *New venue: UCL Roberts Building Lecture Theatre 106, London WC1E 7JE

Location: Lecture Theatre 106, Roberts Building, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Contact: Oscar Martinez

Email: ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)2031089721

24 April, 2018 - Introduction to Research Support and Integrity: course for PhD students (Terms 2 & 3)

Time: 14:00:00 - 17:00:00

This course is coordinated by Library Services, OVPR and the Doctoral Skills Development Programme. It is open to all PhD students, regardless of their disciplines or stage reached in their research project. Dates: 7 February, 21 March and 24 April 2018. Each half-day sessions will focus on Research Integrity, Research Data Management, Data Protection, Research Ethics, Open Access, Copyright and Research IT. The course will highlight good practices in these areas, as well as explain the expectations of researchers and point to useful resources.

Location: G08 Sir David Davies LT, Roberts Building, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Contact: UCL Doc Skills - (Organisational Development)

Email: docskills@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: Please email

25 April, 2018 - STEaPP Seminar Series - Wicked Infrastructure: Wide-ranging solution or omnipresent problem?

Time: 15:30:00 - 17:00:00

From critical to digital to green, infrastructure is arguably the most defining feature of the organisation, functioning and wellbeing of modern societies. Despite its pervasiveness infrastructure lacks general visibility and public profile. Infrastructure is valued mainly for the revenues and profits it generates, rarely just for representing an array of the most ‘complex engineering feats in world history’ or for enabling and symbolising meaningful social relations or national and cultural identity. This STEaPP Seminar will explore the impact of infrastructure’s fuzzy and fragmented meanings on its design and performance. The panel will discuss the need for deeper, systematic consideration of “infrastructure” to re-establishes its relevance, purpose and value for modern societies.

Location: Executive Suite 103, Engineering Front Building, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Contact: Mark Johnson

Email: mark.a.johnson@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9047

30 April, 2018 - One-Day Workshop Exhibition

Time: 10:00:00 - 20:00:00

An interactive exhibition showing a series of workshops by STORE and UCL, which introduce young people to architecture at university. Come and see designs and templates for architecture workshops that took place with young people in East London. Photographs capture the young people’s work in progress and outcomes from the practical workshops. STORE is a London-based association of architects, artists and designers composed of three core elements: an educational programme of architecture and art courses, wide-ranging public events and exhibitions, and a socially engaged design practice. This series of workshops were run at state schools across London by Bartlett graduates, current Teaching Fellows, and undergraduate, Master's, and PhD students.

Location: G.01, The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB

Contact: Emily Stone

Email: e.stone@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 02031087337

2 May, 2018 - Deconstructing Energy Narratives and Futures in Africa

Time: 18:00:00 - 19:45:00

The inaugural lecture of Yacob Mulugetta, Professor of Energy and Development Policy, and Director of the MPA Programme at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London.

Location: UCL Bloomsbury Campus (room TBC), , , ,

Contact: Mark Johnson

Email: mark.a.johnson@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9047

3 May, 2018 - Borealism: In Search for the North. Public Lecture by Prof. Sylvain Briens

Time: 17:00:00 - 19:00:00

Organised by UCL Scandinavian Studies

Since antiquity the North has fascinated historians, geographers, philosophers and Southern writers, who have projected various forms of discourse onto it, from scientific observations or social and political considerations to dreams, fears and fantasies. This projection can be referred to as “borealism”, by analogy with the term “Orientalism”, as defined by Edward Saïd. Borealism describes the North as a discursive space, produced by and for the South. Unlike orientalism, which is exclusively produced by Occidental discourse, borealism is also sometimes reproduced in Nordic expressions of self-identity. Professor Briens will present aspects of “French borealism” with the example of the reception of Nordic Theater in Paris at the end of the 18th Century.

Location: IAS Common Ground, Wilkins Building, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

Email: j.stougaard-Nielsen@ucl.ac.uk

Phone:

10 May, 2018 - Rick Battarbee Lecture Series: Dame Professor Georgina Mace FRS

Time: 17:00:00 - 20:00:00

Organised by UCL Geography

Valuing nature in a human-dominated world Nature conservation has traditionally focused on preservation and protection. However, this approach is increasingly being challenged as the impact of human activities on land and in the sea continues to spread and intensify. At the same time, people depend on nature for material goods, as well as for many less tangible benefits that we have taken for granted but may now be at risk, including many ecosystem-based functions and services. I will show how the focus of conservation has shifted from preserving biodiversity (primarily species & habitats and their spatial patterns), to maintaining form and function, adaptability and resilience. Using examples from the UK and internationally I will then introduce some new techniques for measuring and prioritising natural systems and processes, especially relevant in a changing world.

Location: Lecture Theatre G22, Pearson Building, Dept. Geography, UCL, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Prof Anson W. Mackay

Email: a.mackay@ucl.ac.uk

Phone:

4 June, 2018 - SAVE THE DATE: “Global Opportunities for Early Careers Staff"

Time: 14:00:00 - 19:00:00

Come and find out about UCL funding opportunities and how to write for international journal publications. The (free) half day conference will end with a lively networking session with drinks reception. Do come along and meet fellow early career staff just like you! More details (and registration details) to follow very soon.

Location: TBC, , ,

Contact: Antonia Simon

Email: a.simon@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 7612 6250