The BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change, has been ranked second place in the Climate Think Tank Ranking, ahead of 293 public and private organisations working in the field of climate change economics and policy.
BC3 es un centro de investigación multidisciplinar que fue creado en 2008 en el marco del programa BERC del Gobierno Vasco y apoyado por la Universidad del País Vasco, con el objetivo de fomentar la excelencia en la investigación a largo plazo de las causas y consecuencias del cambio climático.
Singapore is pushing towards becoming the world’s first Smart Nation; one that is able to use technology to enhance transport, healthcare and other public services – that will improve the quality of life for individuals; productivity for businesses; and, enhanced Government services to better serve and empower citizens. The use of data sciences and analytics is at the heart of the Smart Nation. As Singapore moves to become a Smart Nation, data sciences and analytics professionals are needed by businesses, government and ICT companies to leverage exponential data growth for productivity, competitiveness and growth.
To complement the development of Singapore manpower for Data Sciences & Analytics, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) will be piloting a Data Sciences training course with Coursera, a leader in providing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with high-quality learning content and accessibility to international participants. The pilot will tap on Coursera’s Data Sciences specialisation track that is provided by Johns Hopkins University.
...I hasten to disclose that as the principal inventor of the NuVal system...
But even among good systems, NuVal is a stand-out. A study conducted at McGill University, and now in press, shows how much more efficiently NuVal, using a single number, reliably informs more nutritious choices as compared to the confusing profile offered by a traffic light system. The higher the number, the more nutritious the food is hard to beat for simplicity.
The data backing up the NuVal system are unique as well. It is the first and to date only nutrient profiling system shown to correlate directly with both the rate of total chronic disease, and all-cause mortality. In a Harvard study of over 100,000 people, higher average NuVal scores meant a lower likelihood of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, or dying prematurely from any cause over a 20-year period of observation.
NuVal does not penalize total fat. Rather, it scores particular fats on their particular merits. Monounsaturated fats and omega-3 polyunsaturates are rewarded. Trans fat is penalized quite harshly, as it deserves. And saturated fat is handled based not on the currently prevailing hype, but on the basis of the weight of scientific evidence.
June 2, 2014
Around 60 University of Oxford academics have used an open letter to demand the institution stops investing in fossil fuel companies.
Among the 64 signatories so far are Lord May of Oxford, former chief scientific adviser to the UK government and Gordon Clark, current director of the Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
Henry Shue, professor of politics and international relations at Oxford, and one of the letter’s signatories, said: “We at Oxford like to claim the mantle of intellectual leadership…here is our opportunity to display genuine leadership when it counts.”
“We know about housing bubbles. Now we have a carbon bubble, a bubble of unreal value. It is too risky to own shares in this bubble..."
In an open letter to the university’s vice chancellor, the academics urge the world-renowned institution to join the fight to stop climate change by "ridding its £3.8 billion endowment of investments in fossil fuel companies".
The letter says that Oxford has a “responsibility to show leadership in tackling one of the greatest challenges we as a society currently face”.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent report concluded that carbon-intensive energy production was the single biggest contributor to global warming.
Energy companies continue to search for new fossil fuels reserves, despite warnings from the IPCC that 80% of the reserves such companies have already claimed must never be used if dangerous climate tipping points are to be avoided.
Recent analysis by the thinktank Carbon Tracker warned that as much as $1.1 trillion (£650 billion) of investors’ money is currently at risk as a result of this.
May 6, 2014
The Fed study looked at the monetary value of a college degree, not its cost, which has soared in recent years. But the value certainly adds up. What’s the bottom line? Fed researchers write:
1.2 Focus of this project This project reviews national government- funded outward mobility scholarship schemes in eleven countries (Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam) with the goal of better understanding why governments sponsor these programmes; how they are designed, administered, and funded; who participates and where they study; and what impact the programmes are having...
Bill Campbell '62 captained Columbia's Ivy League football champions and coached the Lions for six seasons before beginning a successful career in high-tech industry.
Throughout his journey, he has never forgotten his roots — or his alma mater...
Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (July 26, 2011), 512 pages
Harvard has become the first American university to sign on to a United Nations-backed code of responsible investment – in a move to assuage a carbon divestment campaign.
Six months after explicitly rejecting calls to divest from fossil fuels, managers of Harvard's $33bn endowment will now be guided by a set of investment principles taking into account environmental and social factors such as water and human rights, the university announced on Monday.
The new guidelines, set by the Principles of Responsible Investment organisation, do not commit Harvard to selling existing holdings in fossil fuels...
School of Earth and Environment, at The University of Western Australia, which is a member of www.go8.edu.au. The Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of leading Australian universities, intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education.
Australia’s current policy settings and institutions hold out prospects for doing its fair share - Lord Nicolas Stern (Wikipedia: Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and 2010 Professor of Collège de France. Since 2013, he has been President of the British Academy.)
Reimagining the future of the planet collaborating to tackle the biggest challenge facing us all http://t.co/ijIIYissuH— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) April 3, 2014
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt took a not-so-subtle swipe at tech critics who say that college is overrated. “There are various people who run around and make claims that higher education is not a good use of your time: they’re just wrong,” he told the audience at the SXSW conference, where he was on stage promoting his book The New Digital Age...
Published 1st March 2014
IE University - 25th (92 points)
ESADE Business School - 88th (59 points)
A Journey Through Digital Society - www.netexplo.org/media/netexplobookinteractif.pdf (PDF, 212 pages, French/English)
Special thanks to Professor Juzar Motiwalla from National University of Singapore (Singapore), Professor Dave Duarte from Cape Town Graduate Business School (South Africa), Professor Jean-Claude Jouret, Mr. Damien Van Achter from IHECS (Belgium) and Professor Julien Levy from HEC Paris (France) for their contribution in helping us find these world-class projects.
The study has opened the door to further DCA trials. Michelakis’ team plans to conduct joint studies of DCA in breast, lung and brain cancer and PAH with several international centers, including UCLA medical school, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Imperial College in London, UK.
January 2014 (PDF, 28 pages) with the participation of several professors.
(See also 24th January, "Boardroom Strategies to Optimise IP Portfolios" of The Economist, Executive Roundtable Discussion, one day conference, London)
YouTube 7 Feb, 2013, Dr Roya Ghafele, Oxfirst Ltd. and Oxford University, will present a Webinar on how to extract value from IP Assets.
While few deny the contribution of intellectual property (IP) to business performance in modern economies, conventional paradigms of IP have led to the under-management of valuable assets. Companies often generate revenue from third parties through the use of licensing arrangements and other monetization techniques, yet patent rights are frequently, and unfortunately, identified solely with the preclusive aspects of patent law. However, despite common perceptions of them as a defensive tool that serves in litigation, patent rights hold the potential to be proactively managed to stimulate cash flow. IP is a pivotal intangible asset that impacts bottom line firm performance in a variety of ways. This Webinar discusses its role in corporate strategy.
The bimonthly WIPO Magazine (available in English, French and Spanish) shows intellectual property, creativity and innovation in action across the world, and highlights WIPO activities which support them.
Subscribe to receive the print edition (free of charge).
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is one of the 17 specialized agencies of the United Nations. WIPO was created in 1967 "to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world." WIPO currently has 186 member states, administers 26 international treaties, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland...
The seminar series features economists from around the world, presenting their latest research to a policy-oriented audience. It seeks to stimulate an informed discourse on the effects of IP policies on economic performance.
Videos of the seminars and relevant background material are available on this webpage. The views expressed by the seminar speakers are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of WIPO...
Does your design already exist? Search over 30,000 industrial designs through the Hague Express Database: http://t.co/jkaZWOAR7z— WIPO (@WIPO) January 2, 2014
...In fact, since copyright used to come in renewable terms of 28 years, and 85% of authors did not renew, 85% of the works from 1985 might be entering the public domain!...
January 1st is Public Domain Day! The Center observes the day with information on what it means in the United States. http://t.co/iXUidKGZlY— Public Domain Center (@DukeCSPD) December 31, 2013
NAI & IPO Release List of Top 100 Universities Receiving Patents in 2012 http://t.co/1kTySHN9s6— Donald Zuhn (@PatentDocs) January 8, 2014
By Donald Zuhn --
Last month, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) published a list of the top 100 worldwide universities that received the most U.S. utility patents in 2012. The groups did not provide a detailed discussion regarding the compilation of the list, stating only that the list was based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. A comparison of the top spots on the list, however, indicates that the data is identical to that found in the IPO's annual list of the top 300 organizations receiving U.S. patents (see "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2012"). The top 20 universities on the NAI/IPO listing are as follows:
The complete list of 100 universities can be found here.
As we reported last month, the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution asserted in a paper that by relying on a technology transfer model based on patent licensing, only a few universities have been able to generate significant revenues, and in fact, most university technology transfer offices do not generate enough income to even cover their operating expenses (see "Brookings Paper Calls for Technology Transfer Model Based on University Start-ups"). That paper suggested that the highest earners among universities had become a select club with a stable membership, with only 37 universities having reached the top 20 of licensing revenue in any given year over the last decade. A comparison of the Brookings Institution's "select club" of 37 universities with the NAI/IPO list indicates that the following universities made both lists:
For additional information regarding this and other related topics, please see:
• "Brookings Paper Calls for Technology Transfer Model Based on University Start-ups," December 12, 2013
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2012," June 24, 2013
• "Another Look at IPO Top 300 and Life Sciences Top 53," June 11, 2012
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2011," June 7, 2012
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2010," June 30, 2011
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2009," May 26, 2010
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2008," May 14, 2009
• "IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders," May 22, 2008
• "IPO Posts List of Top 300 Patent Holders," April 20, 2007
Mapping Intellectual Property in Global Governance http://t.co/xPTNgColW4— Chidi Oguamanam (@Chidi_Oguamanam) January 10, 2014
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Routledge (April 13, 2013)
In this interview, Intellectual Property Watch’s William New sat down with Prof. Chidi Oguamanam, a professor in the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, to talk about his recent book, “Intellectual Property in Global Governance: A Development Question.” The book, published by Routledge, covers issues of the knowledge economy, structures and regime dynamics, human rights, agriculture, traditional/indigenous knowledge, traditional cultural expressions/folklore, and management of intellectual property in global governance.
Intellectual Property Watch (IPW): Could you please tell us about the book?
Chidi Oguamanam (CO): The first thing that will strike you is how the work brings the concept of global governance into IP analytical framework. Normally, when you talk about global governance, it resonates with the social and political scientists, administrators, development and international relations practitioners and miscellaneous actors at the global level, but hardly with those involved in IP law and policy. So, this work adds to the new trend in interdisciplinary exploration and understanding of IP.
IPW: How does the book address international organisations and IP policy?
CO: Most discussions about IP have been about regimes and institutions, such as WIPO, WTO, UNESCO, FAO, WHO, UNCTAD, etc. These include core IP regimes and institutions as well as those that are peripheral in regard to the subject of IP. But rarely has there been an attempt to weave the operational dynamics of these actors and institutions within the framework of global governance with a dedicated focus on IP.
The book explores how has IP has increasingly become ubiquitous in almost all critical sites of international law and policy, including trade, development, health, agriculture, environment, climate change, biotechnology and ICTs and their ramifications for north-south relations which constitute an integral aspect of global governance dynamic...
"Intellectual-property rights are rules that we create – and that are supposed to improve social well-being." http://t.co/yWz9HFzTFa— Project Syndicate (@ProSyn) December 13, 2013
Keynote address, (Word Doc, 4 pages and a bit).
"How do these ideas translate into precepts for business policy? I want to put forward three ideas. The first is a simple idea, a variant of the..."
Prof. Hugenholtz is a member of the Dutch Copyright Committee that advises the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands, and has acted as a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the European Commission, and several national governments. He has been on international missions representing WIPO in China and Indonesia, and is a regular speaker at international conferences.
Prof. Hugenholtz is General Editor of the Information Law Series,which is published by Kluwer Law International. In 2001 he was elected a finalist in the Law category of the World Technology Awards (Wikipedia - World Technology Award#Law)
www.ivir.nl/staff/hugenholtz.html (See Publications)
www.ivir.nl/publications/hugenholtz/Intellectual_Property_and%20Innovation_Lisbon_Council.pdf, "Intellectual property and innovation: A framework for 21st century growth and jobs" (4 pages).
Everyone agrees that copyright in the European Union is in a state of crisis. But there is disagreement on what caused it and what to do about it. Rights holders generally complain that copyright law has left them defenceless against mass-scale infringement over digital networks, and call for enhanced copyright enforcement mechanisms. Authors lament that the law does little to protect their right to receive fair compensation from the copyright industries and the users of their works alike. Users and consumers accuse the copyright industries of abusing copyright, and using it as an instrument to conserve monopoly power and sustain outdated business models.
NOV 26, 2013, Project Syndicate - George Soros
There are more than ten million Roma living in Europe, mostly concentrated in the Balkans and in the European Union’s newest member states
Indeed, its programs currently reach more than 100,000 students each year, including more than 1,600 university students who receive scholarships.
Together with the World Bank, we established the Roma Education Fund in 2005. The REF is ready to help national education authorities across the EU improve their performance in educating Roma children. Indeed, its programs currently reach more than 100,000 students each year, including more than 1,600 university students who receive scholarships.
...The Fund’s annual budget is only €12 million ($16.3 million)
To break the negative stereotypes, Roma children must be educated to celebrate and take pride in their Roma heritage.
Miss yesterday's campaign enews? Get inspired this morning & read about enterprise news, competitions & more! http://t.co/xawb4pumWX— StartUp Britain (@StartUpBritain) November 20, 2013
Failing to equip young people properly has an estimated £28 billion loss to the economy. Young people 'Not in Employment Education or Training' (NEET) cost £4.6 billion per year.
However, as the report's authors conclude, if we get it right then the rewards are significant. The CBI estimates that better education could add £8 trillion to the UK's GDP over the lifetime of a child born today – the equivalent of 1% to GDP each year.
Those schools reporting higher levels of enterprise education embedded into the curriculum feel that it improves the retention of pupils at risk of disengagement
*Report refers to another "Changing the Pace" report by CBI/Pearson
Raising ambition for all in schools
The most important factors employers weigh up when recruiting school and college leavers are their attitudes to work (78%), their general aptitudes (57%)….
these rank well ahead of academic results alone (37%)
United Nations, Ireland 7th in the world on the Human Development Index
Read "Six reasons your startup should be in Ireland" (PDF, 10 pages)
The inventors were researchers from Higher Education Institutes who have used public-funding to develop innovative technologies.
Big Ideas 2013 Presenters Pitches on YouTube
Always handy to have a Doctor on the staff in case anyone gets injured:). pic.twitter.com/o6pFi7USCz— Ray Nolan (@RayNolan) November 13, 2013
5 reasons to study in Ireland http://t.co/Z1QXXFwpK1— Education in Ireland (@EduIreland) November 14, 2013
Facebook's landmark building will have a capacity for 1,000 employees giving room for Facebook in Dublin to grow to twice its current size— IDA Ireland (@IDAIRELAND) November 7, 2013
Ireland Quarterly Update Q4 - http://t.co/W7i6SGsN2O— IDA Ireland (@IDAIRELAND) November 7, 2013
Minister of State for Human Resource Development, India. MP for Thiruvananthapuram. Author of 13 books.Former USG,United Nations. RTs do not imply endorsement
New Delhi & Thiruvananthapuram · tharoor.in
DURHAM, NC 2007 Duke University Shashi Tharoor, the U.N.'s under-secretary-general for communications and public information, will discuss "Does the United Nations Have a Future?"
Published on Jun 17, 2013
The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture - Shashi Tharoor, Indian politician and human rights activist - Talk given 03/01/2007
I will give a talk titled ‘The role of social media in research and career building’ at the forthcoming Seminar on Theories & Concepts and Skills Training organised by the University of Luxembourg in the framework of INCOOP.
This multi-disciplinary Initial Training Network (ITN) on Inter-institutional Cooperation in the EU (INCOOP) brings together Universities, professional organisations and high-level officials that all share a long-term interest in a better understanding of the functioning of institutions in the European system of multi-level governance.
A copy of the provisional program is available here
The university made no upfront payment for the project and has secured a below-market electricity rate. The university expects to save up to $2.3 million over the 20-year contract.
My foreword to "Writing My Wrongs" by Shaka Senghor, Feb 7, 2013
...On July 1, 2012, the MIT Media Lab announced that we would be creating an Innovators Guild-a team of scholars, executives, and designers that would go to communities around the world using the power of innovation to help people. Our first focus for this was Detroit...
01 February 2013, World University News.
A new university ranking system, U-Multirank, was officially launched by the European Union (EU) in Dublin on Wednesday, bringing a new and broader approach to the assessment of universities throughout the world.
Some 500 universities worldwide are expected to sign up to U-Multirank, and the first results will be published in early 2014.
U-Multirank will rate universities in five separate areas: reputation for research, quality of teaching and learning, international orientation, success in knowledge transfer – such as partnerships with businesses, and start-ups – and contribution to regional growth.
The aim, said Androulla Vassiliou, the European commissioner for education, is to give students and institutions a clear picture of their performance across a range of important areas.
Until now university rankings have placed “disproportionate” weight on research excellence, she said.
Brussels has proposed a funding allocation of €2 million (US$2.7 million) from the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme in 2013-14, with the possibility of a further two years of seed funding in 2015-16
...In Ireland we see the success of Hibernia (YouTube), which operates a blended approach with mostly online lectures and some on the ground practical instruction in required areas...
...Despite the doom that is poured out that we have no university in the top 100, every single Irish university is in the top 5% of the THES rankings. Every one is world class. We have a world-class industry here. Within disciplines we have world-class researchers and teachers, in pretty much ever-single discipline.
A MOOC or 10 would demonstrate that to the public and to the wider world. Every international student is an export — lets place ourselves in the world shop window
At least 87 people – most of them students – have been reported killed in two explosions at the Aleppo University campus in northern Syria and the death toll is expected to rise. ("are more than 150 people injured by the explosions, many of them severely")
A government-run university, it is Syria’s second-largest higher education institution after Damascus University.
According to the state news agency SANA, the blasts caused casualties both among students taking their first day of exams...
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement: “Such heinous attacks are unacceptable and must stop immediately. All combating parties in Syria must abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.
Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO, said: “It is truly shocking and distressing to see so many young people dedicated to pursuing their education in the midst of strife lose their life to senseless violence.” She called on all those involved in the fighting to respect the right to education.
On 3 May, Syrian forces raided student dormitories during anti-government protests, firing teargas and live rounds of ammunition, killing four students, wounding 28 and leaving part of the campus in flames. Around 50 students were arrested.
The local, Rhode Island and global Brown community gathered on October 27, 2012 to inaugurate Christina H. Paxson as 19th president. The ceremony included an academic procession; greetings from campus representatives; engagement of the office and presentation of presidential symbols; remarks by Mayor Angel Taveras, Gov. Lincoln Chafee '75, Sen. Jack Reed, Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman and others; and an Inaugural Address by President Paxson.
Banking Competition, Housing Prices and Macroeconomic Stability (with Oscar Arce). The Economic Journal, (forthcoming, 2012)
Job Creation in Spain: Productivity Growth, Labour Market Reforms or both? (with J. Boscá, R. Doménech and J. Ferri). Chapter 3 in The Spanish Economy: A General Equilibrium Perspective. Boscá, J. E., Doménech, R., Ferri, J., y J. Varela (Eds.). Palgrave MacMillan (Londres, 2011).
Household Leverage and Fiscal Multipliers (with J. Boscá and J. Ferri) Banco de España, Documento de Trabajo 1215. 2012Price Rigidity and the Volatility of Vacancies and Unemployment (with R. Doménech and J. Ferri). New draft, 2011.
From AACSB's Biz Ed magazine Nov/Dec 2012 issue "Where Technology meets Business":
Earlier this year, Research Universities Futures Consortium, a group of 25 U.S. public and private research universities, released “The Current Health and Future Well-Being of the American University.” Funded by Elsevier, a global provider of science and health information, the report argues that U.S. research universities must adopt greater collaboration, communication, and productivity if they are to remain globally competitive...
From the report (Page 11, Executive Summary)
The unique process by which this study was conducted provides a rich collection of challenges and barriers to success, some that are institution specific and some that are cross cutting and more foundational. What is clear is that many of these are closely connected and co-dependent. At the highest level, the current fragmented approach and the absence of a coherent national plan or rational strategy to support university-based research creates uncertainty that casts a long and darkening shadow over the future of the American research university.
The key findings of this collective effort can be reduced to six overarching themes that provide a framework of understanding and appreciation of the current conditions and an outlook on the future. These also serve to focus our future efforts toward finding sustainable solutions.
Professor of Ocean Physics, and Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge.
Prof Peter Wadhams calls for “urgent” consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures.
As sea ice shrinks to record lows, Prof Peter Wadhams warns a 'global disaster' is now unfolding in northern latitudes
Winston Churchill: "The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is"“The extra radiation that’s absorbed is, from our calculations, the equivalent of about 20 years of additional CO2 being added by man,” Prof Wadhams said.
The Blue Planet Prize recognises outstanding efforts in scientific research or applications of science that contribute to solving global environmental problems. The prize was created by the Asahi Glass Foundation in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, and since then the foundation has awarded the prize to two winners every year. In 2012, twenty of the Blue Planet Prize winners collaborated on a joint paper that was launched at the UN Environment Programme's Governing Council meeting in Nairobi on 20 February
|Professor William E. Rees (Canada)
Professor, University of British Columbia,
FRSC (Royal Society of Canada)
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel (Switzerland) (right)
President, Global Footprint Network
Developing and advancing the Ecological Footprint, a comprehensive accounting system for comparing human demand on ecosystems to ecosystems' capacity to self-renew. Their approach measures human carrying capacity and helps assess the risks of overconsumption to planetary stability.
|Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy (USA)
Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
|Becoming the first person to clarify human caused habitat fragmentation damaged biodiversity and gave rise to environmental crisis. Since then, he has been influencing the world for environmental conservation.
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