SciDev.Net Podcast: Climate change adaptation and more

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This month’s podcast considers how architecture and financial risk management figure in climate change adaptation. We also learn about Cuba’s scientific diaspora and the potential for transnational knowledge networks, and how astronomy and development can go hand in hand.
We begin with a special focus on adaptation to climate change following the release of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report. Irena Bauman, professor of sustainable urbanism at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, explains how architects will play an important role.
Next we hear from Rowan Douglas, chairman of the Willis Research Network, the world’s largest collaboration between public science and the finance sector. He thinks food security and financial risk management in the face of climate change will depend on feedback from farmers in the developing world as well as ideas from firms and the public sector.
Then we examine Cuba’s scientific diaspora as a model for how ‘brain drain’ might be transformed into ‘brain gain’ by using digital media to build knowledge networks between countries.

Finally, we hear about astronomy for development from George Miley, astronomy professor at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and Ian Jones, CEO at Goonhilly Earth Station, United Kingdom.