The Greenhouse Gas Exchange

This October ASCUS is delighted to be partnering with the Greenhouse gAs Uk and Global Emissions (GAUGE) project to bring you ASCUS Lab’s very first Greenhouse Gas Exchange event for creative practitioners.

The Greenhouse Gas Exchange is a day long interactive event for creative practitioners interested in meeting current researchers involved in the GAUGE project. This is an opportunity for those working in creative fields to get unique access to specialist knowledge of current understanding of greenhouse gas (GHG) cycles and to exchange and discuss the consequences of increasing GHG levels and their impact on and resonance within society today and in the future.

The day will give participants the opportunity to bring to the table their own interest in issues around climate change and to get realtime experience of the different biological responses and parameters that are involved in the cause and effect of GHG emissions. The day will culminate with the ‘Museums of the Future Now‘ a participatory workshop led by guest artists Jo Hodges and Robbie Colman. This will provide the platform for participants to create speculative scenarios designed to explore and reflect on the drivers and dynamics of climate change and how these might interrelate within the context of GHG emissions.

This is an exciting opportunity to join us in ASCUS Lab for a day of participatory conversations, scientific experiments, demos and creative exploration!

Scroll down to see how to apply…

Full details

Date/time of Event:
10:00am – 5:00pm 7th October or 10:00am – 5:00pm 14th October
Participation fee:
Participation in this event is free, with lunch included and we are able to offer reimbursement or a contribution towards travel expenses.
How to Apply:
Email us at stating in no more than 500 characters:

    • Why you are interested in attending and the relevance to your practice
    • What you would get out of this opportunity

Please also include:

  • A link to one relevant piece of work online
  • Your preferred date (7th or 14th)
  • Your anticipated travel expenses to participate

We are looking for applications from creative practitioners with a genuine interest in the topics being explored and discussed. Priority will be given to individuals who can demonstrate that this opportunity will be of benefit to them in the context of their creative practice.

Places available:
Ten places per workshop (7th and 14th October)
ASCUS Lab, Summerhall
Expressions of interest are welcomed from creative practitioners working in any creative discipline. This opportunity is open to individuals at any stage of their career
12:00pm Tuesday 2nd October 2017
Please note that the event on the 14th of October is now fully booked therefore this extension is for the event on the 7th only

More about Greenhouse gAs Uk and Global Emissions (GAUGE)

The main focus of GAUGE is to quantify the UK GHG budget in order to underpin the development of effective emission reduction policies, putting the UK GHG budget into a global context by providing extended analyses on European and global scales.

GAUGE addresses this by integrating inter- calibrated information from ground-based, airborne, ferry-borne, balloon-borne, and space-borne sensors, including new sensor technology, allowing us to lay the foundations of new measurement infrastructures that delivers beyond GAUGE incorporating world-class modelling expertise.

GAUGE is led by the University of Edinburgh and consists of researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Leicester, Leeds, Manchester, and Cambridge, the UK Met Office, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Understanding and quantifying Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions is central to international efforts to slow their growth rate in the atmosphere, in order to mitigate the humanitarian and economic impacts of climate change.

The overarching objective of the UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Feedback Programme is to deliver improved GHG inventories and predictions for the UK, and for the globe at a regional scale. We are addressing this by developing a comprehensive, multi-year and interlinked measurement and data analysis programme, focussing on the major GHGs carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O).

Participating Scientists and Engineers

Dr Stephan Matthiesen works at the University of Edinburgh as programme manager of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Feedback Programme, an interdisciplinary research programme that connects research organisations across the UK to measure and model the role of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, ocean and terrestrial biosphere.

Daniel Budinov is part of a team building a remote, laser based instruments for measuring Carbon Dioxide based in the School of Geosciences and has experience with optics, lasers and has some knowledge in infrared light absorption by atmospheric gases – mainly Carbon Dioxide and Methane. He has collaborated with the ASCUS lab on a few occasions most notably the CO2_Live installation.

Rūta Karolytėis is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh researching geological CO2 storage. Her work focuses on developing geochemical tools to monitor and trace injected CO2 migration to ensure safe geological CO2 disposal.

Dr Jiri Jirout works at the ASCUS Lab as lab technician. He has experiences in greenhouse gases research at the Institute of Soil Biology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His research was mainly focused on the role of microorganisms in greenhouse gases production and consumption in soils.

More about Jo Hodges and Robbie Coleman

Jo Hodges and Robbie Coleman’s current practice focuses on explorations of the human relationship to environment within an ecological and philosophical framework of global challenges and their local consequences. Jointly, their work is multi-disciplinary, context specific and research led. They are interested in developing ways of engaging audiences in new ideas around relationships, systems and change.

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