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  • Securing our energy networks

    A state-of-the-art laboratory that will allow researchers to put the electricity grid through its paces – simulating events such as power cuts due to severe weather – is being launched today at Newcastle University.

    published on: 23 September 2014

  • Newcastle University sparks debate on energy policy at Labour Conference

    Newcastle University brought together policymakers, academics, industry representatives and campaign groups at its Labour Party Conference Fringe Event this week to discuss the reforms needed to establish an affordable, secure and sustainable energy market.

    published on: 29 September 2014

  • Fellowship for Professor Steve Bull

    Professor Steve Bull, Cookson Group Chair of Engineering materials, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

    published on: 3 October 2014

  • 3rd Global Multidisciplinary Academic Meeting, GAM 2015

    published on: 13 October 2014

  • Prof Phil Taylor Panel Member at LCNI Conference

    published on: 16 October 2014

  • Call for papers "European Environmental Sciences and Ecology Journal" (EES) 2014

    published on: 5 November 2014

  • RISe2015 Research Impact in SAgE 2015

    Award for Sustainability Impact, RISe2015 - 18th November 2015

    published on: 22 September 2015

  • A smarter way to power our future

    A reliable, affordable and dependable flow of electricity is vital to power society in the 21st Century.

    published on: 8 December 2014

  • Newcastle Sustainability Early-Career Researcher neTwork (NewSECRT)

    A network of early career researchers (ECRs) interested in any aspect of sustainability and open to all Research Associates at Newcastle University.

    published on: 12 December 2014

  • Stop-start driving in city centres creates higher pollution levels

    Traditional methods of modelling traffic pollution could be under-estimating emissions by as much as 60%, particularly in areas where congestion occurs for a large part of the day, a team at Newcastle University has concluded.

    published on: 12 December 2014

  • Professor Stephanie Glendinning awarded Fellowship from Institution of Civil Engineers North East

    published on: 17 December 2014

  • Newcastle University ranked 16th in UK for global research power

    An independent assessment of UK university research quality published today has confirmed Newcastle University’s position as one of the most powerful research universities in the country and the most powerful in the North East.

    published on: 18 December 2014

  • A beacon of urban innovation

    Initial plans for Newcastle University’s £58 million Urban Sciences Building are being unveiled today ahead of a public consultation this evening.

    published on: 14 January 2015

  • Premier League green ranking for Newcastle University

    Newcastle University is ranked in the Premier League of green universities, a new study reveals.

    published on: 20 January 2015

  • Call for Spring School Scholarship Applications

    The Institute for Sustainability and the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research are offering two Early Career Researcher Scholarships to attend the RENKEI Spring School on District Energy Supply within Cities.

    published on: 28 January 2015

  • New Associate Director Dr Philip McGowan

    The Institute for Sustainability welcomes Dr Philip McGowan from the School of Biology who has joined the Institute as an Associate Director.

    published on: 20 February 2015

  • Announcing early career researcher grant awardees

    published on: 24 February 2015

  • Reconsidering Localism

    A new book co-edited by Institute Associate Director Prof Simin Davoudi addresses the significance of localism for a range of policy issues, including sustainability.

    published on: 25 February 2015

  • Enviresearch Foundation Awards 2016 Launch Day

    Date/Time: Wednesday 2 March 2016, 09:30 - 11:30

    Venue: Room G21/22, Devonshire Building

  • Academic's Sustainable Research Showcased

    Dr Libby Gibson supported the Royal Society’s celebrations as it marked the 350th anniversary of Philosophical Transactions; the world's first science journal.

    published on: 20 March 2015

  • Experts call for devolved infrastructure powers and funding for local authorities

    Newcastle University’s iBUILD team launched their 2015 Manifesto report at an event hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 

    published on: 30 March 2015

  • Prof. Mark Robinson is the new ECTRI President

    ECTRI, the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes, whose membership is made up of major transport research institutes from 19 European countries, accounting for more than 4000 European scientific and research staff in the field of transport.

    published on: 3 March 2015

  • Brewing success on tap for enterprising students

    The first casks of ale from Europe’s first student-run microbrewery are being rolled out at Newcastle University.

    published on: 9 March 2015

  • Chancellor announces £10 million for Science Central

    Newcastle University will be receiving £10 million of government funding for research in infrastructure and cities, as announced in today’s Budget.

    published on: 18 March 2015

  • Budget infrastructure measures are good first step but more work is needed

    Professor Richard Dawson, Professor of Earth Systems Engineering at Newcastle University and Director of the iBUILD Infrastructure Research Centre, responds to Budget 2015.

    published on: 19 March 2015

  • Science Central Community Open Day

    Join us on Wednesday 23 March at either of two drop-in sessions at 12-2pm and 6-8pm at Science Central to find out what’s happening on site now, and hear more about our plans for the future.

    published on: 11 March 2016

  • RENKEI UK-Japan Spring School Awardees

    Two early career researchers at Newcastle University have been awarded scholarships to attend the prestigious RENKEI Spring School on ‘District Energy Supply within Cities’. 

    published on: 27 March 2015

  • Energy storage project gives EV batteries a second life

    Research led by Myriam Neaimeh is pioneering new energy storage applications using recycled EV batteries.

    published on: 13 April 2015

  • Institute for Sustainability Annual Report Out Now

    Read about sustainability research highlights at Newcastle University in 2014.

    published on: 14 April 2015

  • Bees prefer nectar containing pesticides

    Bees are attracted to nectar containing common pesticides, scientists at Newcastle University and Trinity College Dublin have discovered. This could increase their chances of exposure to high levels of pesticides. 

    published on: 23 April 2015

  • Digging for data where coal was once hewn

    A virtual cloud of computing power now covers land in Newcastle where coal wagons once ran and factory lines bottled one of the world’s favourite beers.

    published on: 23 April 2015

  • New government must invest in and enable energy storage

    Prof Phil Taylor says the next government will be faced with major challenges that will impact the UK’s energy future.

    published on: 23 April 2015

  • Blog series on Sustainable Development Goals

    The Societal Challenge Theme Institutes are pleased to announce the launch of our blog series on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

    published on: 13 May 2015

  • Energy storage test bed is officially switched-on

    A unique energy storage test bed at Newcastle University is now online - storing energy from the local grid and testing innovative new technologies such as super-capacitors and long life, high performance batteries. 

    published on: 7 May 2015

  • PEALS hosts international workshop

    PEALS, in collaboration with Newcastle University's Institute for Social Renewal, the Institute for Sustainability, and theNuffield Council on Bioethics, hosted an international workshop entitled 'Science, ethics and citizenship: How might we improve the practice and governance of scientific research to enhance community benefit?'

    published on: 19 May 2015

  • Ferrybridge closure no surprise and shows need for new energy strategy

    Following the news that SSE’s Ferrybridge power station in West Yorkshire is to close, and as SSE announces flat profits for 2015, one of the country’s leading energy experts has called for a new national energy strategy to be put in place as a matter of urgency.

    published on: 21 May 2015

  • Enviresearch Foundation Awards 2016

    Enviresearch will be launching the Enviresearch Foundation Awards on Wednesday 2 March 2016.

    published on: 22 February 2016

  • Newcastle Professor named Chief Scientific Advisor on transport

    Newcastle University’s Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems, Phil Blythe, has today been named as the Government’s new Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department for Transport.

    published on: 2 June 2015

  • Siemens announces Newcastle University as its Global Principal Partner

    Newcastle University has been given Principal Partner Status by technology giant Siemens in recognition of the ongoing collaboration between the two organisations.

    published on: 5 June 2015

  • ICE Energy paper - Cooling water for Britain's future energy supply

    published on: 5 June 2015

  • Coal from Newcastle but what did the South give us in return? Mud!

    Flint, shells and sand found in the mud in the Tyne show it originated not from the North East but from the Thames, brought to Newcastle in ships’ ballast.

    published on: 11 June 2015

  • Making urban rainwater harvesting mainstream

    An international team of researchers dedicated to sustainable rainwater harvesting in cities.

    published on: 11 June 2015

  • Judging research quality to support evidence-informed environmental policy

    The value of interdisciplinary contributions to evidence for policy.

    published on: 12 June 2015

  • Newcastle as a future smart city

    Read about our sustainability vision for Newcastle and Science Central

    published on: 22 June 2015

  • Environmental Award Winners

    Congratulations to two of our Demonstration Projects, Smartfusion and NUFEB, who each won an award at the University's Celebrating Success event.

    published on: 2 July 2015

  • Jack Jeffrey Sustainability Lecture

    We are very pleased to welcome James Syvitski, Professor of Geological Sciences and Fellow of The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

    published on: 20 June 2016

  • Ideas bubble over at Science Central

    Work has begun on a revolutionary ‘soap bubble’ building that will house the first research labs on Science Central.

    published on: 15 July 2015

  • Toasting the success of student brewers

    Student brewers from Newcastle University have a reason to cheer after winning the 2015 National Union of Students (NUS) Enterprise Award.

    published on: 15 July 2015

  • Democratisation of water and sanitation governance

    The DESAFIO (Democratisation of Water and Sanitation Governance by Means of Socio-Technical Innovation) project coordinated by Prof Esteban Castro from the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.

    published on: 24 July 2015

  • New flood action team launched to investigate flash flooding across the UK

    A band of ‘storm chasers’ has been set up by Newcastle University to help collect data about flash flooding.

    published on: 24 July 2015

  • Newcastle’s approach to envisioning the future can be blueprint for other cities

    A ground-breaking programme which considered Newcastle's future to 2065 could be a blueprint for cities around the world, according to a report published by Newcastle University in partnership with the Government’s Chief Scientist.

    published on: 20 July 2015

  • Sustem International Conference - July 2015

    The Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research recently organised an international conference and industrial forum on Thermal Energy Management in Newcastle.

    published on: 28 July 2015

  • Institute for Sustainability Conference

    Join us for the Institute for Sustainability Conference on Tuesday 10th November 2015.

    published on: 28 July 2015

  • Report card: Climate change impacts on UK infrastructure

    The Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) Infrastructure Climate Change Impacts Report Card has been published.

    published on: 12 August 2015

  • Consultation on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Submitting a combined response to relevant national and European level consultations.

    published on: 14 August 2015

  • Call for papers: First Conference on Sub-Saharan African Development

    Sub-Saharan Africa Research Society organises its first annual conference bringing together researchers and other stakeholders to tackle the challenges facing SSA countries.

    published on: 14 August 2015

  • NECA and Science Central present EV infrastructure demo event

    published on: 20 June 2016

  • Planning permission granted for Urban Sciences Building

    The planning application for the £58 million state-of-the-art Urban Sciences Building (USB) at Science Central has been approved by the Newcastle City Council planning committee.

    published on: 7 July 2015

  • UK must rise to the challenge of SDG implementation at home, not just abroad

    published on: 25 September 2015

  • Co-created research projects in sustainability awarded funding

    published on: 30 September 2015

  • Smoking in cars with children banned

    published on: 2 October 2015

  • Policy Note - Batteries included: Electrical energy storage for the grid

    published on: 2 October 2015

  • Materializing the right to water and basic sanitation services in Brazil

    published on: 7 October 2015

  • Funding partnerships for 'low carbon cities' in UK and China

    published on: 26 October 2015

  • How the UK could develop a real sustainable energy infrastructure

    published on: 20 November 2015

  • Call for contributions to the UN Global Sustainable Development Report 2016

    Bring your science issues and solutions to the attention of policymakers

    published on: 23 November 2015

  • Europe's first of a kind metal mine water treatment scheme

    published on: 23 November 2015

  • Policy Note: Working with Nature to ease floods and droughts

    published on: 7 December 2015

  • Stu Brew gets green light for project on sustainable brewing

    published on: 22 January 2016

  • Final reports released from the DESAFIO project on water and sanitation

    published on: 5 February 2016

  • New awarded projects for sustainability

    published on: 9 February 2016

  • Study finds clear differences between organic and non-organic products

    published on: 16 February 2016

  • Rapid Charge Network project final report

    published on: 30 March 2016

  • 'Seeing the whole' report sheds light on integrating Global Goals

    published on: 8 April 2016

  • Update on “anti-lobbying” clause for Government grants

    published on: 14 April 2016

  • Newcastle to lead national energy centre

    Government announces £20 million national centre that will allow experts to test the entire energy system in real time.

    published on: 11 May 2016

  • Effects of climate change greater than previously feared

    published on: 19 May 2016

  • Institute for Sustainability and Science Central NETA Pedometer Challenge

    published on: 25 May 2016

  • ‘Canaries’ of the ocean highlight threat to world’s ecosystems

    published on: 31 May 2016

  • ‘Canaries’ of the ocean highlight threat to world’s ecosystems

    published on: 31 May 2016

  • Audio - Feeding the people: Localising urban food production

    published on: 16 June 2016

  • Audio - Feeding the people: Localising urban food production

    published on: 16 June 2016

  • Newcastle Science Central secures multi-million pound deal with L&G

    published on: 17 June 2016

  • Newcastle Science Central secures multi-million pound deal with L&G

    published on: 17 June 2016

  • Urban Sciences Building receives BREEAM Innovation Credit

    published on: 17 June 2016

  • Urban Sciences Building receives BREEAM Innovation Credit

    published on: 17 June 2016

  • Revolutionary ‘building as a lab’ unlocked at Science Central

    Newcastle University’s The Key, a unique tensile fabric structure that has been built on the same principles as a soap bubble, is now open for business.

    published on: 24 June 2016

  • Weather radar gives unique picture of Newcastle

    The radar is the latest addition to the Urban Observatory that will bring greater understanding of the impact of intense weather events on the city’s infrastructure.

    published on: 30 June 2016

  • New research facility for sustainable wastewater treatment launched

    A major new research facility which will allow scientists to discover more sustainable and affordable ways to treat wastewater has been launched.

    published on: 5 July 2016

  • Science Central welcomes Marden School

    120 students from Marden School are visiting Science Central to learn about sustainable design, architecture and planning.

    published on: 13 July 2016