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From oil wealth to green growth: Aberdeen’s challenge and opportunity

By on 12/10/2018 in ICS
From oil wealth to green growth: Aberdeen’s challenge and opportunity

The economy of Aberdeen has been heavily reliant on the North Sea oil and gas industry since the 1970s. Thanks to the oil wealth, for decades Aberdeen had seen rapid economic and population growth and a swell of prosperity. At the end of 2014, however, all was changed. Crude oil price plummeted from more than […]

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Timely government intervention can prevent environmental collapse in debt-based financial systems

By on 20/09/2018 in ICS
Timely government intervention can prevent environmental collapse in debt-based financial systems

The environment, as several news stories tell, faces a number of challenges from human activity. Besides climate change, there is an alarming rate of extinction of species, and concern about soil erosion, availability of fresh water, declines in populations of pollinators and songbirds, and loss of habitat for wildlife. It has been suggested that debt-driven […]

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Too much of a good thing?

By on 27/04/2018 in ICS
Too much of a good thing?

By Jiaqi Ge, Gary Polhill and Tony Craig Imagine you could choose to work at any of the workplaces in Aberdeen City and Shire, anywhere. How would that change your life? Would it make your life easier, now you don’t need to be stuck in the traffic for so long?  Would you still come to […]

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Towards an Agile Approach to Sustainability Science

By on 24/01/2018 in ICS
Towards an Agile Approach to Sustainability Science

The IT industry has been undergoing a revolution in the way software is developed. The traditional so-called ‘waterfall’ method, in which the customer is only really involved at the beginning and the end of the project, usually ends up several years later with the customer being dissatisfied with the result, costs out of control, and […]

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Mozilla Science Fellowship Application 2016

By on 30/01/2017 in ICS

Last summer I applied to the  Mozilla Fellows for Science 2016 call. Congratulations to the four 2016 fellows, selected from an impressive 483 submissions for only the second year of this innovative program. I was delighted to be short listed and interviewed, but also slightly relieved not to have made the final cut. This is due to the timing of […]

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Fridge Freezer

By on 20/06/2016 in ICS

Over Hogmanay our fridge packed in. It had lasted for ages; it was passed on to us from my in-laws, and was at least twenty years old when it died. So, we had to buy a new one. There’s a danger in writing about one’s purchases of creating the impression that one is carefully hiding […]

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Numbers

By on 04/11/2015 in ICS

I grew up with a love of numbers. The simple process of counting things leads, in a few short steps, to a fascinating world of complexity. Define a few operators, and numbers come alive, forming patterns, and then exceptions to the patterns that lead to new operators and new numbers. From the natural numbers (1, […]

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ICS Team Meeting – Thinking from Different Perspectives

By on 17/09/2015 in ICS
ICS Team Meeting – Thinking from Different Perspectives

On 27 August, 31 members of the Information and Computational Sciences (ICS) group made their way to Glensaugh. As the group is split between Aberdeen and Dundee sites, Glensaugh was identified as the ideal half-way meeting point. Although Glensaugh is one of the institute’s most picturesque research platforms, the majority of ICS group members had never […]

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