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Published

6 May 2015

Researchers’ workshop on how IT can solve environmental problems

Do you play computer games and know a lot about the gaming world? Are you also interested in how IT can help to solve environmental problems? In June Mistra is holding a workshop for young researchers on how to combine the two interests.

‘The IT sector has developed enormously. These days it’s possible, for example, to use computer games to carry out powerful simulations of such things as future climate or ecological scenarios,’ says Christopher Folkeson Welch.

He has taken the initiative for the workshop to be held in Stockholm on 9 June, How can ICT and computer gaming help us to solve environmental problems? This is open to young researchers (aged under 35), both those who have just embarked on their postgraduate studies and recent PhD graduates. No special IT background is necessary and everyone interested in IT and environmental issues is welcome, Folkeson Welch explains.

‘I’d like to see attendees with a background in both humanities and science, and also engineers. Young people have grown up with mobile phones, computers and the Internet. The interesting thing is to bring them together and get them talking to one another.’

Interesting lecturers

The day will start with two interesting invited lecturers. One is Molly Webb of The Smart Group and Zennström Philanthropies in London. She has long worked at the interface of IT, innovation and climate. Her achievements include running global projects on how IT can contribute to making energy and resource use more efficient, and serving as an advisor to the US Congress. The other lecturer is Jan Bosch, originally from the Netherlands, who has been active for decades in the IT industry as a business leader and consultant, and in academia. Bosch is currently a professor of software engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, and in recent years has developed IT solutions in cooperation with the transport sector.

‘They’re both tremendously inspiring lecturers. After their presentations, we’ll collect the attendees in small groups to discuss various issues and then report on their conclusions. Then the procedure will be repeated in new groups with new issues.’

Springboard for the future

The discussions and conclusions will be compiled and become part of Mistra’s monitoring of its external operating environment.

‘The hope is that the workshop can give us documentation on which we base a call for proposals for a new research programme in due course. What’s more, it will be a good opportunity for Mistra to reach younger researchers,’ says Folkeson Welch.

REGISTRATION

Register your interest with Christopher Folkeson Welch on phone 0707-323074 or by email at chris.welch@mistra.org.

The number of attendees is limited to a maximum of 15.

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