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Institute of Advanced Study

David Miliband visits Durham's IAS

(16 May 2007)

David Miliband

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, David Miliband MP, visited the Institute of Advanced Study on Friday 11th May, to meet with its Directors and its Fellows.

David Miliband MP, escorted by Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, spent the morning in Durham to learn more about the University's flagship Institute.

He met the distinguished IAS Fellows currently in Durham working on the Institute's 2006/07 theme, the legacy of Charles Darwin, and learnt more about the Institute's 2007/08 theme on Modelling.

The Modelling theme encompasses seven or eight different sub-themes, one of which is called Climate Change: Ice and Oceans which will look at how models and modelling are helping us to understand the complex processes and interactions involved in climate change.

Mr Miliband also learnt about an IAS-sponsored Carbon Trading workshop that will take place in Durham on 7th November 2007, under the Modelling Markets sub-theme. This workshop will bring together experts in the sociology of finance with specialists in climate change to explore the problems and prospects associated with the trading of carbon emissions. The commentator at this workshop will be the most influential figure in economic sociology in Europe, Michel Callon.

Whilst at the Institute Mr Miliband also unveiled a plaque marking the complete refurbishment Cosin's Hall, a Grade I listed building on Durham's World Heritage Site, Palace Green, that is now the home of the IAS.

Mr Miliband then moved on to Durham Castle where he delivered a lecture, chaired by the IAS Executive Director Ash Amin, on the importance of research and technology in tackling climate change. This exciting lecture was delivered to over 300 guests, which included staff, students and a number of important key figures from the region.

Before leaving Durham, Mr Miliband also took the time to launch a new ‘green’ scheme to encourage Durham University students to recycle more of their rubbish.