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The Water Between Us - Scott Herrett on discovering deliberation

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'Paying attention' from Eabhal - Uibhist a Tuath by Scott Herrett

Deliberation is the long and careful consideration of a subject. - In this house nothing is there by chance: it is always the result of great deliberation. Collins Dictionary

Have you heard of the 'deliberative wave' sweeping around the globe? This describes the increase interest and practice in forms of deliberative democracy to tackle politically difficult issues, such as abortion and the climate and ecological crisis.

Scotland’s Climate Citizen Assembly has just concluded and I’ve been observing the assembly sessions where over a hundred members of the public have been meeting to hear evidence, deliberate and make recommendations in response to the question ‘how should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?’. This blog is about why I believe we need more deliberative forums at every level in society because the traditional ways of making decisions on a local, national or global scale are no longer fit for purpose.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this blog post are the views of the author, and not an official position of the institute or funder.

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The challenge of a ghastly future

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A forest fire (Image by Bernabe Colohua from Pixabay)
"The unique challenge facing scientists is exactly how to pitch our message for maximum impact and to find the best way of telling it like it is"

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What we don’t know can be surprising

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Image by Rob Brooker
"We need to keep a tight hold on, or to find space for our curiosity to work"

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You could have it so much better…

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Image by Adrian Kirby/Pixabay
"We need to integrate biodiversity hotspots and enhancement into the wider landscape, and this is an area where Hutton research can and is delivering, as we develop more sustainable and biodiverse land management options"

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Seminar on race within academia and the Hutton

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Orla Shortall, Carla Barlagne, Scott Herrett

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New research flavour combinations needed: marmite peanut butter, anyone?

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"As we develop ideas for new initiatives such as the Hutton’s Advanced Plant Growth Centre, we need to keep in mind the opportunity this brings for just such an interaction of disciplines, hopefully enabling us to develop some exciting new research flavour combinations."

I’ve always been something of a generalist, interested in topics including plant ecophysiology, landscape scale conservation management, and global biodiversity policy. What I enjoy is bringing some of these topics together to see whether this can spark new ideas. There is often something thought-provoking about a simple juxtaposition of concepts and approaches, much in the same way that odd food combinations can turn out to be delicious.

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What is it like to attend a ‘virtual’ conference? Reflections on IAPS 2020

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Quebec City

By Alice Hague, Christina Noble, Nazli Koseoglu, Kathryn Colley, Liz Dinnie, Tony Craig.

Academic conferences are an important part of an academic career, as key places for sharing ideas and engaging with others. With the global impacts of Covid-19 many conferences have been cancelled or moved online to become virtual conferences. But what is it like to attend a virtual conference? The authors of this blog, all social researchers at the James Hutton Institute, recently attended the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS). The organisers took the bold decision to go entirely virtual with its 2020 meeting, held from 22-26 June. In just three months, what had been planned as an in-person conference hosted in Quebec City became an entirely online conference, streamed to hundreds of living rooms/spare bedrooms/garden sheds across the globe. Thanks to a superhuman effort from the organising team, conference rooms became virtual conference rooms, keynote addresses became livestreamed presentations, and panel discussions were facilitated across different time-zones.

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Climate change and Covid 19 – making the connection

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Will flights remain empty as the lockdown eases? (Piqsels open use copyright)

Written by Dr Alice Hague

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Will the meadow maker work its magic?

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"It's been a pleasure looking at the young yellow rattle and enjoying the simple pleasure of having an unusual plant in the garden. To think about what this little plant is up to is a wee meditative act and a reminder of the amazing things plants can do."

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Remembering to nurture nature

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"I hope that, when it comes to dealing with the financial aftermath of Covid-19, we don’t forget the role that nature and the countryside is playing in helping us to stay healthy and happy during this difficult period. I also hope that we don’t decide, once again, that the conservation of these vital natural resources can wait until we have – according to the prevailing economic norms - put our economy back on its feet"

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.