Learning in the Anthropocene is the title of the lecture I will deliver at the opening of the academic year on 7 September in Leeuwarden.
Recent events have made us realise that we are part of a global system and living
under conditions often described as the Anthropocene—a label used to describe
human-induced changes to the climate. In her Gemma Frisius lecture, Prof. Anne
Beaulieu will share vital insights on what kind of learning is essential in order to
tackle the urgent problems we face.
What is the university without a physical campus? Since the spring, these variations on a meme have been putting forth an answer:
Why do some people think that this is what is left of the university, when stripped of its campus and shared physical space? The Data Research Centre reflected on the significance of infrastructure for higher education for the special issue on covid-19 of TH&MA, the journal for higher education management of the Dutch and Flemish institutions of higher learning. See the full edition here (in Dutch).
A nice question to sink your teeth into, thought Xiaoyao Han. Recently graduated from the Masters in Information Science from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Xiaoyao has joined Campus Fryslan and the Data Research Centre on 1 November. She will be working on a PhD project entitled Valuing Big Data. The project will be supervisied by Oskar Gstrein, Ronald Stolk and myself.
Imagine a group of people coming together around the shared project to produce energy locally, and who ways to benefit from more social connections, as well as cheaper and cleaner energy. That’s a recipe for a sustainable future!
This is the focus of a project for which funding has recently been announced, and entitled ‘Social entrepreneurship at the grid edge’.
Led by Charlotte Johnson (UCL), this project will explore how community groups can generate value through an energy system that is becoming more flexible and distributed. The project focuses specifically on demand side response and collective self-consumption opportunities.
Besides this great topic, another exciting aspect of this project is that it will connect critical infrastructure studies and place-based entrepreneurship theory, thereby linking two lines of work at Campus Fryslan on sustainable entrepreneurship (Emma Folmer) and on knowledge infrastructures for sustainability (Anne Beaulieu).
The project will include a comparative element between the UK and the Netherlands. This part of the project will be done by Esther van der Waal, who is just completing a PhD on Local energy innovators: collective experimentation for energy transition at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen.Dr Anna Rebmann (Kings College Business School) will also be involved.
A steering committee of stakeholders and academics will further support the project; UK Power Networks, Carbon Coop, Power2Change, Newham Council, Dr Sarah Darby (University of Oxford), Prof Sarah Bell (UCL IEDE), Prof David Shipworth (UCL Energy Institute) and Dr Anne Beaulieu (University of Groningen).
A brand new podcast from Campus Fryslan: Together with Sepideh Yousefzadeh and Saskia Rosendaal of Campus Fryslan, we discuss the need to reflect on our teaching practices and how we are reinventing them, the welfare of students and the prospects for incoming students and what their fresher year might look like.
We also consider how the pandemic changes not only how we teach, but also what we teach–this huge social mobilization is a weighty experience. How does it help us teach our students how to change the world?
Find the podcast here. More episodes from Campus Fryslan to come…
At long last, the debate about the kind of education we want to be providing is emerging. The Data Research Centre (DRC) has an opinion piece on Science Guide and we have produced a discussion guidefor the academic community on distance learning. A webinar hosted by ArtEZ University of the Arts addressed Crisis Education//Critical Education. I couldn’t join the live event, but the background videos were great!
Sometimes we realise that areas of life inform each other in unexpected ways. How does my passion for triathlon matter for my professional development? This is the topic of reflections I shared with the Campus Fryslan community. Curious about how endurance sports translates to academic life in the time of corona? The answer can be found on the CF blog.
Starting this week, Campus Fryslan will host a second a edition (2020) of the lecture series ‘Succesvol duurzaam ondernemen in een circulaire economie’. I will contribute a session on Technology and Sustainability and engage with this group of professionals who are committed to the transition to a circular economy in the Northern Netherlands.
Apply to become my new colleagues!
Two positions (assistant professor) are currently open at the University of Groningen. A background in STS is relevant for both positions, and both are located in the new faculty Campus Fryslan, an interdisciplinary and innovative setting.
Assistant Professor Data Science (0.8 fte)
Assistant Professor Earth & Energy (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)
Please note that the deadline for applications is 23 February 2020.