• FINDING PULSARS: RADIO ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE OUTREACH IN RURAL CHINA0

    Skip to content Alasdair Hamilton
    Head of Science and Innovation Team, British Embassy in Beijing
    Part of Global Science and Innovation Network
    28th November 2019 Beijing, China
    FINDING PULSARS: RADIO ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE OUTREACH IN RURAL CHINAThe FAST Radio Telescope“The greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown. There is no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”
    If you can identify this quote and who said it then you have done well. If not you may be surprised. I’ll come back with an answer to that at the end of this blog.
    There a lot to take way from these words, particularly the last three. Space does provide an irrational fear of the unknown, though mainly in the form of Sci-Fi in books, films and TV shows. It’s usually what gets children interested in space – I know I did through watching Star Wars and Star Trek. But children do have a wonderful curiosity about them and getting them intereste..

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  • Climate change and plastic free environments – we are all responsible to #ActGreen

    Climate change and plastic free environments – we are all responsible to #ActGreen0

    Skip to content UK in North Macedonia
    Part of #BeyondPlastic UK in North Macedonia
    18th November 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia
    Climate change and plastic free environments – we are all responsible to #ActGreen Introduction by Her Majesty’s Ambassador Rachel Galloway, British Embassy Skopje:
    Climate change presents an existential risk to global prosperity & security, and I am proud that the UK are leading in the fight to protect our environment. This year, we have become one of the first major economies to commit to ending our contribution to climate change altogether by reducing our emissions to net zero by 2050. This is consistent with the science of what is needed globally to avoid dangerous climate change. The next Climate Change Conference (COP25) will take place in December and we will post a series of environmental related blogs by some guest bloggers to share information & ideas. Next year, the UK has successfully bid to co-host with Italy the 2020 Climate Change Conference (COP..

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  • British education: major visa reform for post-study visas

    British education: major visa reform for post-study visas0

    Skip to content Leigh Turner
    Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna
    Part of UK in Austria
    4th November 2019 Vienna, Austria
    British education: major visa reform for post-study visas I commend a recent British Council blog, written by Education Director Maddalaine Ansell.
    Ms Ansell writes about the major reform to post-work study visas for international students which the UK Government has announced will enter into force from 2020. “From next year,” she writes, “students graduating from British higher education institutions with at least an undergraduate degree can apply to stay for two years to work or seek work. If they find skilled work, they can switch into the skilled workers immigration route, which can lead to permanent settlement in the UK.”
    The change will not directly affect Austrian students, who can already study in the UK for courses starting in the 2020-21 academic year on the same basis ..

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  • The Government Art Collection in Vienna

    The Government Art Collection in Vienna0

    Skip to content Leigh Turner
    Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna
    Part of UK in Austria
    31st October 2019 Vienna, Austria
    The Government Art Collection in Vienna The Duke of Wellington stares across the room towards a distant Queen Victoria, while Emperor Franz Josef – sash, ‘tache and all – observes impassively. Not the plot of a historical novel, but the paintings in the dining room at the ambassador’s residence in Vienna.

    Works from the Government Art Collection (GAC) are displayed in UK Government buildings in nearly every capital city, making it the most dispersed collection of British art in the world.
    The Collection promotes British art and plays a key role in British cultural diplomacy, delivering an expression of Britain’s culture and its values. Nowhere is this more relevant than in Vienna, a city where appreciation of art and culture flows through everyday life; and where our continuing ..

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  • Mostar deserves better

    Mostar deserves better0

    Skip to content Matt Field
    British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
    31st October 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Mostar deserves better The British Embassy recently moved its whole operation down to Mostar for a day. In addition to many other activities across the city, we set up a ‘pop-up’ reception in front of the Mepas Mall. This gave the chance for different teams to explain our work – defence cooperation, education, projects, scholarships, consular support, political work, and commercial – to people as they stopped by.

    Just as importantly, it gave us the chance to ask the citizens of Mostar about their priorities for themselves and the city, the kinds of things that they would like to see change. This is a question we as an Embassy have been asking ourselves and others since I arrived, to try to make sure that our priorities and assistance programmes properly match with the change people in this country want to see. The citizens of BiH are the best judges of how to imp..

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  • MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

    MIND YOUR LANGUAGE0

    Skip to content Paul Brummell
    Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Communication Directorate
    30th October 2019 London,UK
    MIND YOUR LANGUAGE The Indigenous Peoples’ Memorial is one of the many striking buildings in the Brazilian capital designed by the prolific modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer. Built in a spiral-shaped design around a central courtyard it was apparently inspired by a Yanomami house. In truth, the building is looking a little the worse for wear. The permanent collection was closed when I visited while on holiday in August, but it was still a worthwhile visit, thanks to a display in that central courtyard, installed to commemorate the UN designation of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
    Entitled “the Forest of Indigenous Languages”, from the sand-covered courtyard sprouted many wooden poles, each representing a different indigenous language. The poles were of varying heights, since to a standard-height base had been added an addition..

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