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Improving societal impact of University research: the case of the low carbon transition

October 1 2012


Seminar Room 1.06, Old Surgeons' Hall, High School Yards, University of Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ

All welcome, no need to register

Organised by: Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh


Universities are coming under increasing pressure from public funding agencies to translate their research knowledge and expertise into tangible economic, technological and cultural benefits for society.
Yet the necessary processes, incentives and cultures to support this translation have struggled to keep up with this evolving agenda. This talk will use the rapid transition to a low carbon economy, agreed politically within the UK and Scotland, and the experiences of the nascent Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation as a case study for how new institutional structures and processes are emerging to meet this impact agenda.


Dr Andy Kerr is a leading figure in the areas of low carbon policy and implementation, and became Executive Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation in 2010. His public policy work has focused on developing effective national and regional policy frameworks that support the reduction in dependence on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Kerr’s recent projects include contribution to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Inquiry Facing up to Climate Change: Breaking the barriers to a low carbon Scotland; and the Scottish Government's Climate Change Delivery Plan to meet statutory emission reduction targets of 42% by 2020 against a 1990 baseline and 80% by 2050.,26286,en.t4.html