Climate Change and Carbon Management Workshop

1 March 2012, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen

Campbell Stokes Sunshine RecorderThe Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division supports a large programme of strategic research that aims to provide knowledge that can support the delivery of national policy outcomes.

Two multidisciplinary programmes cover Environmental Change and Food Land and People with the aim of informing policy on the major issues of climate change, land use and food security. 

SAC’s Carbon Management Centre has organised this workshop in conjunction with Programme and Theme leaders to explore the linkages between research on climate change and carbon management being undertaken across the two programmes.

The research is approaching the end of its first year, and for many it has involved a break with earlier work. Establishing linkages between the newly formed research groups is essential in order to support the Scottish Government’s strategic objectives. 

A series of stimulating brief presentations will provide an overview of planned research and summarise recent progress. Discussion sessions will be used to identify areas where greater synergy between themes could enhance the outcome of the programme and identify specific outcomes. The audience will be made up primarily of research staff from across the programme, along with key stakeholders and policy colleagues.


09.00 - Welcome - Professor Iain Gordon

09.10 - Introduction to the RESAS programme - Dr Phil Balls

09.20 - Climate change and carbon management - Dr Bob Rees

09.30 - Introduction to Environmental Change Programme - Professor Lorna Dawson

09.50 - Ecosystems services (Theme 1) - Dr Helaina Black

10.10 - Water and Renewable Energy (Theme 2) - Dr Marc Stutter

10.30 - Land Use (Theme 3) - Dr Allan Lilly

10.50 - Break 

11.20 - Economic adaptation (Theme 4) - Dr Alan Renwick

11.40 - Introduction to Food Land and People - Dr Charles Bestwick

11.50 - Food (Theme 5) - Dr Steve Hoad / Dr Andrew Barnes

12.10 - Health and welfare (Theme 6) - Professor Willie Donachie

12.30 - Lunch and posters 

13.45 - Diet and Health (Theme 7) - Professor Paul Haggarty

14.05 - Vibrant Communities (Theme 8) - Professor Bill Slee

14.25 - Discussion - Up to 6 groups

15.30 - Break 

16.00 - Knowledge Exchange and ClimateXchange - Mr Willie Towers

16.15 - Feedback 

16.30 - Conclusions 

16.45 - Finish

Discussion Sessions

Each breakout group will be asked to:

  • List research outcomes that are anticipated from each theme
  • Match these against the Scottish Governments Strategic Objectives (see below)
  • Identify areas where stronger links within the programme would help achieve the planned outcomes
  • Identify research gaps and potential funding sources

Scotland’s Strategic Objectives

Wealthier and Fairer: Enabling businesses and people to increase their wealth and more people to share fairly in that wealth

Healthier: Helping people to sustain and improve their health, especially in disadvantaged communities, ensuring better, local and faster access to health care

Safer and stronger: Helping communities to flourish, becoming stronger, safer places to live, offering improved opportunities and a better quality of life

Smarter: Expanding opportunities to succeed from nurture through to lifelong learning ensuring higher and more widely shared achievements

Greener: Improving Scotland's natural and built environment and the sustainable use and enjoyment of it.

If you wish to attend this workshop please contact:

Jane Lund
Events Coordinator
The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Tel: +44 (0) 1224 395072 (direct)
Tel: +44 (0) 844 928 5428 (switchboard)
Fax: +44 (0) 844 928 5429

Mobile 07969 361117

Published on 07 February 2012 in Climate, water and energy