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Globalising academics a physical scientist perspective paul valdes

Globalising Academics:

A physical scientist perspective

Paul Valdes

School of Geographical Sciences,

University of Bristol


Globalising academics a physical scientist perspective paul valdes

Background

  • Science is already very global (e.g. 50% of the world's top physicists no longer work in their native countries. 64% of US Engineering PhDs are foreign students).

  • Climate Change is an example of this global science

    • Big Science and a Big Issue (and a very public issue)!

  • Major part of an even bigger challenge on global change

    • Understanding how to create sustainable and resilient Earth system

  • Intrinsically global and interdisciplinary

    • Long history of working in global networks dating back to 1950’s


Globalising academics a physical scientist perspective paul valdes

Hugely Interdisciplinary

Hugely Interdisciplinary

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Pressures

Driving Forces in Society

State Change in Environment

Impacts on Society

KYOTO: Signed & ratifiedSigned, not ratifiedNeither

Find alternatives

Inform society about changed risks

Social prioritisation to halt/reverse warming?

Legislation to stop emissions

Response


Climate change is already a global network

Climate Change is already a Global Network

  • Lots of high level, strategic type, agencies (e.g. World Climate Research Programme, UN Environment Programme, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…..)

  • Networks of researchers, networks of disciplines, of research organisations, of universities, of funders, networks for information, for knowledge, networks for education, for dis-education (bloggers!)

  • Networks of networks!!!


Globalising academics some the challenges for big science

Globalising Academics: Some the challenges for “big science”

  • What are the best investments for knowledge production?

  • How can we strengthen the integration of information and knowledge across disciplines and across universities?

  • How can we better “match” university networks to academic networks?

  • What about funding for international “big science”?

  • And of course, how can we respond to this globalisation and reduce our carbon footprint !


Peering into the future the ultimate challenge

Peering into the Future The Ultimate Challenge!

"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." --Nils Bohr, Nobel laureate in Physics

"Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge. " --Lao Tzu, 6th Century BC Chinese Poet

"This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one. " --Arthur C. Clarke


Information chain v knowledge chain

Information Chain v Knowledge Chain

Slide courtesy of Bruce Hewitson Univ. of Cape Town


Climate change is already a global network1

Climate Change is already a Global Network

  • “There is a clear need for an internationally coordinated and holistic approach to Earth system science that integrates natural and social sciences from regional to the global scale.” (Earth System SciencePreview, 2008)


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