Politicians meet at the climate summit at the end of November in Paris to discuss the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report.
Delft Outlook investigates which Delft scientists have contributed to this report, but also which research being conducted on campus could provide future protection from the elements stirred up by climate change. Is the engineer’s job done when the technology has been developed?
Thomas Stocker, Swiss scientist and at the moment of writing candidate for the chairmanship of the IPCC, said in an interview in September with the Science and Development Network (scidev.net) that one of his three priorities for the future is to improve communication between scientists and policymakers. He believes that everyone should be able to understand the communication that takes place on complex and interdisciplinary subjects such as climate change. ‘The best ambassadors for communicating scientific results are the scientists themselves’, he says. Prof. Patricia Osseweijer of Science Communication and head of the research group in Biotechnology and Society would agree, ‘The task of a university is more than simply acquiring knowledge. It is also about transferring that knowledge to where it is needed. In fact, I believe scientists are ideally placed to make that link.’