Research on changes to climate gets new ‘space’

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A CAMBRIDGE-based “space agency” is helping to launch a new internet programme to tackle climate change.

Announced yesterday (Tuesday), on the 30th anniversary of the world wide web, aims to unite researchers from around the world to address the issue of climate change.

The programme is partly developed by Concept Space Agency, and aims to be the scientific research equivalent of your average social media platform.

Co-designed by gluoNNet, a not for profit association, the programme is an information “space” that will let information travel quickly.

The “space” aims to be a unique way to inspire research, with a user interface that lets people see the latest research from across the world, and promote collaboration between the users.

Speaking to the News, co-founder Stefan Haselwimmer said: “The inspiration came last October, when I attended the Port Hackathon at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research).

“I had the idea to apply the collaborative ethos from the Hackathon into a new model where researchers could collaborate and tackle climate change.

“We’re launching it now as it ties in with the 30th anniversary of the world wide web, and the collaborative ethos it was founded on. This is a new version of the web where people can easily find all climate change research, and a place where people can say they’re all working on the same project together.

“The programme aims to bring a collective focus on climate change research in the same way activists like Extinction Rebellion and the student protesters have collectively taken to the streets to get people to pay attention.

“If all goes to plan, this will be used by researchers in the same way people use Facebook or Twitter – a platform you can log on to and find all the research taking place around the world at your fingertips.”

Daniel Dobos, former CERN physicist and co-founder of gluoNNet and THE Port, said: “In my 15 years working at CERN, I have been impressed with how purpose-driven international col- laboration can change the world.

“I am confident this same spirit can accelerate global actions on climate change. Collaboration-fostering tools like are essential to empowering global, cross-organisational and cross-sector collaboration.”