Events

David Nutt on The Struggle For Evidence Based Policy - Maidstone Skeptics in the Pub

UIT - Author Photos - David NuttProfessor David Nutt came under the media spotlight when during his chairmanship of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) he refused to fudge the issue of perceived drug harm. He broadcasts widely both on radio and television including BBC science and public affairs programmes on therapeutic as well as illicit drugs, their harms and their classification. He will be talking about the issue of persuading politicians and other decision makers to define policy based on evidence.
Date: Tuesday 19th May 2015
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Nucleus Arts Maidstone Hub, Granada House, Gabriels Hill, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JR
Cost: £5 on the door to cover cost with all the extra going to Professor Nutt's organisation, Sense About Science

 

 

Steve Melia talks at Hay Festival

UIT - Author Photos - Steve MeliaAre governments trying to 'get us out of our cars'? Is better public transport the solution to congestion in cities? Does Britain have a shortage of family housing and what has that got to do with transport? This book dispels myths and presents a sustainable vision for the future.  Steve Melia from the University of the West of England talks to the Hay on Earth Director.

Date: Thursday 21st May 2015
Time: 5.30pm
Location: Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye
Cost: £5 - tickets can be purchased here.

Bristol launch of Urban Transport - without the hot air

UIT - Urban Transport Vol 1 CoverEveryone is a transport user, and most of us live in towns or cities, but how much of what we take for granted about transport is true? This book begins with ten questions, revealing some of the myths that have influenced politicians and transport planners as well as the general public. Are governments trying to 'get us out of our cars'? Is better public transport the solution to congestion in cities? Does Britain have a shortage of family housing? Some of the conclusions are surprising: improvements to roads or public transport make little difference to urban congestion and if we want to make our transport more sustainable we must save green fields and house more people in our cities.

The event will be chaired by Prof. Graham Parkhurst and will be followed by mingling and book signing with a glass of wine.

Date: 04 June 2015
Venue: Room 2B020, B Block, Frenchay campus
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Cost: Free, but registration is essential - click here for more details.

David MacKay talks Sustainable Energy at the Royal Institution

UIT - Author Photos - David MacKayIf you’ve ever wondered how much energy we use, and where it comes but are fed up with all the hot air and ‘greenwash’, this is the event for you. David Mackay will cut through all the statements from the media, government and lobbies of all sides to give you the numbers and the facts you need, in bite-sized chunks.

Date: Tuesday 9th June 2015
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Location: The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS
Cost: Standard £12, Concession £8, Associate £6, Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

For more information about the event, click here.

Urban Transport - without the hot air at Plymouth University

UIT - Urban Transport Vol 1 CoverWhy does road congestion never seem to get any better, despite all the money and know how aimed at it? Is it true that governments have been trying to get people out of their cars? Do people cycle more in European cities because it’s part of their culture? These are just a few of the questions Steve Melia tackles in this new book.  

Over three summers, Steve cycled over 5,000 miles across seven European countries, visiting cities which have been successful in taming motor traffic and improving their urban environments. The book draws on those insights and also some closer to home, interviewing people including Ken Livingstone and Sir Peter Hendy in telling the story of London’s transport decline and renaissance. 

In this talk, Steve will discuss myths spread by the media, believed by the general public and even by some transport specialists. And will go on to tackle the solutions. 

The talk will start with a quiz designed to explore the influence of the myth-makers on the audience and will conclude with an open discussion and an opportunity to buy the book at a discount.

Date: 18 June 2015
Venue: Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University
Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Email issr@plymouth.ac.uk for any queries.

David Nutt a Keynote Speaker at Circling the Square 2 conference

UIT - Author Photos - David NuttDavid Nutt is appearing as one of the keynote speakers at the Circling the Square 2 conference at Nottingham University.

Circling the square 2 will explore the role of knowledge in policy making, bringing together international scholars in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, practitioners at the science-policy interface, the public and the media. The conference will conclude with a public debate at the Council House, Nottingham.

Date: 22nd to 23rd June 2015
Location: Highfield House, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Cost: £60 (Student £40)

For more information about the conference and booking, please click here.

Steve Melia talks about Urban Transport at Oxford University

UIT - Author Photos - Steve Melia = 200 x 300Everyone is a transport user, and most of us live in towns or cities, but how much of what we take for granted about transport is true? This book begins with ten questions, revealing some of the myths that have influenced politicians and transport planners as well as the general public. Are governments trying to 'get us out of our cars'? Is better public transport the solution to congestion in cities? Does Britain have a shortage of family housing? Some of the conclusions are surprising: improvements to roads or public transport make little difference to urban congestion and if we want to make our transport more sustainable we must save green fields and house more people in our cities. 

The event will be chaired by Prof David Banister and will be followed by a wine reception and book signing.

Date: Thursday 25th June 2015
Time: 6pm
Location: Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford, J Gottmann Room, SoGE
Cost: This event is free, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

 

Waterstones Cambridge Presents Urban Transport - without the hot air

UIT - Resources - Waterstones FlyerJoin lecturer, campaigner and journalist Steve Melia as he discusses his new book, Urban Transport - without the hot air. Steve will dispel current myths about urban transport, discuss current problems and solutions, and tell us how Cambridge sets a sustainable example.

Date: Friday 3rd July
Time: 7pm
Location: Waterstones Cambridge, 22 Sidney Street, Cambridge, CB2 3HG
Price: £5 (tickets can be purchased from the ground floor desk)

For more information, please contact Waterstones Cambridge: cambridge@waterstones.com or phone: 01223 351 688

 

Peter Jefferson at Radio TImes Festival

See the voice of the Shipping Forecast for over 40 years, Peter Jefferson, at the Radio Times Festival this September! His book And Now the Shipping Forecast: a Tide of History Around Our Shores is both an affectionate memoir and a history of the science and BBC programming behind the forecast. Join Peter to find out more about what it’s like to become part of our cultural landscape.

Date: Friday 25th September 2015
Time: 12pm
Location: Hampton Court, London
Cost: £12 adult, £6 child

For more information, see www.radiotimesfestival.com