Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Welcome to the Walker Update, bringing you up to speed with the latest news and developments from the Walker Institute and the wider environmental field. This week, we’re explaining the links between climate change and gender issues, celebrating some recent successes, and drawing your attention to some great opportunities. Let’s get cracking.

One community:

  • Do you consider gender issues and climate change to be two separate concerns? Yesterday was International Women’s Day 2021 and, to mark this occasion, Walker researcher Luisa Ciampi made a 3-minute video explaining why it’s vital to consider gender issues when addressing climate challenges. Check out the video on the Walker Institute blog, HERE.

Committed to making a meaningful difference in people’s lives:

  • We have now received detailed feedback from the participants of the recent Assessing Livelihood Vulnerability to Extreme Shocks (ALiVE) course. We were thrilled to see that their experiences were overwhelmingly positive, with 100% of respondents reporting that they were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘extremely satisfied’ with this latest offering from the Walker Academy. Find out more about this unique and very practical course, HERE.
  • Our NIMFRU flood resilience project is proudly part of the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) programme. Check out the article Reducing impacts from natural hazard-related disasters: where are we?’ on the SHEAR blog highlighting some of the achievements of NIMFRU and the other SHEAR projects in 2020, and this video featuring many of the projects that we used as case studies in our Learning to Co-produce Walker Academy course.

By shaping a climate resilient future together:

  • Are you looking for a truly interdisciplinary journal in which to publish cross-cutting research? If so, check out the new CABI Agriculture and Bioscience. The journal is completely open-access and is edited by over 120 expert scholars, including Prof Ros Cornforth of the Walker Institute and Prof Chittur Srinivasan and Dr David Rose from the University of Reading’s School of Agriculture, Policy and Development. The journal is currently offering full waivers for Open Access Charges (APCs) and they also have a YouTube channel full of useful resources for authors, on everything from ‘How to Prepare a Well-Calculated Budget’, to ‘Writing Effective Cover Letters’.
  • We’d like to draw your attention to the European Climate Research Alliance’s (ECRA) 10-year anniversary event, which is being held tomorrow, Wednesday the 10th of March, at 13:30-16:00 GMT. The event is open to all and will include keynote presentations, panel discussions and Q&As from a variety of high-level speakers, including meteorologist, BBC broadcaster and Walker board member Peter Gibbs FRMetS. Registration details and a full programme of events are available HERE.
What happened across the world this week? Please click on this link to access the Global Hazard Weekly Bulletin produced by Prof Virginia Murray and her team at PHE. It contains a weekly summary of global hazards, including recent developments of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Last week’s bulletin can be found here.

With spring fast approaching, the whole Walker team are looking forward to sunnier days ahead, both metaphorically and meteorologically!

The Walker Institute Team