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At MDPI we don’t think that Open Access is enough. Genuine accessibility is more than simply putting the work out there. We want to go beyond providing a space for groundbreaking research but there are no shortcuts to innovation, and there’s no replacement for the knowledge of those behind the progress that we publish. So, to provide a tangible, understandable insight into cutting-edge science that comes straight from the mouth of the researcher, we’ll be sitting down with an author or researcher and talking through their MDPI paper with a focus on what it means for them, and more broadly what it could mean for all of us. This is Insight Faster, a podcast by MDPI.
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At MDPI we don’t think that Open Access is enough. Genuine accessibility is more than simply putting the work out there. We want to go beyond providing a space for groundbreaking research but there are no shortcuts to innovation, and there’s no replacement for the knowledge of those behind the progress that we publish. So, to provide a tangible, understandable insight into cutting-edge science that comes straight from the mouth of the researcher, we’ll be sitting down with an author or researcher and talking through their MDPI paper with a focus on what it means for them, and more broadly what it could mean for all of us. This is Insight Faster, a podcast by MDPI.
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    Peer Review Week 2022

    Peer Review Week 2022

    This year for Peer Review Week 2022 we were delighted to have an opportunity to sit down the Jayashree Rajagopalan (Senior Manager of Global Community Engagement for CACTUS) and Danielle Padula (Head of Marketing and Community Development at Scholastica), co-chairs of the Peer Review Week committee. In this fascinating and at-times meta conversation, Stefan Tochev and Unai Vicario ask questions about our guests, the state of peer review, and where things might be heading.
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    • 39 min
    Nodes of Persisting Complexity with Professor Aled Jones and Nick King

    Nodes of Persisting Complexity with Professor Aled Jones and Nick King

    We catch up with Nick King and Professor Aled Jones from the Global Sustainability Institute to think about some of the consequences of pushing our planet and societies beyond their limits, how the world might look when the dust settles, and whether we can prevent the collapse of our increasingly complex systems. As we discuss their 2020 article in Sustainability, An Analysis of the Potential for Formation of ‘Nodes of Persisting Complexity’. You can find the link here and I really encourage you to read it—it’s fascinating, accessible and engaging.
    While it’s easy to jump straight to the end to find the winners and losers from Aled and Nick’s research, it’s important that we focus on the system behaviours that they discuss and begin to recognise the complexity of our societies and the long-term impacts of this complexity. It might not grab the headlines, but it might just be the difference between a future we can manage and one that we can’t.
    Here are some links to some of the press coverage of their article from around the world:
    The New York Times
    Norway Today
    The Guardian
    Here’s a link to Greta Thunberg’s Twitter, who a lot of our Nick, Aled and a lot of our guests talk about on Insight Faster: https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg
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    To find out more about this subject (or pretty much anything else), or to submit a paper to any of MDPI’s journals, head over to the MDPI website: https://www.mdpi.com/
    If there’s anything in particular you’d like to hear about on the MDPI Podcast, email me at: jasper.clow@mdpi.com
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    • 38 min
    World Sustainability Award Winner John Elkington

    World Sustainability Award Winner John Elkington

    Today on Insight Faster we’re back at the afterparty for the 2021 Global Sustainability Awards. This time it’s with Professor John Elkington. Creator of the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ and now founder and leader of thinktank sustainability thinktank Volans, Professor Elkington has been leading the sustainability for decades. We’ll dive deep into his work with both Volans and the brand new Green Swans Observatory and we’ll discuss his new book Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism. This episode made me really excited for the potential for real sustainable business!
     
    Here’s a few links to what John is doing with, Volans, the Green Swans Observatory and details of his new book:
     
    Volans: https://volans.com/
    The Green Swans Observatory: https://theobservatory.volans.com/
    John Elkington’s Website: https://johnelkington.com/ (definitely worth a look!)
     
    To find out more about this subject (or pretty much anything else), or to submit a paper to any of MDPI’s journals, head over to the MDPI website: https://www.mdpi.com/
     
    Insight Faster is also now available on Apple and Google Podcasts, follow the links to find it or search Insight Faster!
     
    If there’s anything in particular you’d like to hear about on the MDPI Podcast, email me at: jasper.clow@mdpi.com

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    • 29 min
    Gestural Interfaces for Musical Composition with Chris Rhodes

    Gestural Interfaces for Musical Composition with Chris Rhodes

    In Episode 3 of Insight Faster, we welcome Chris Rhodes from the University of Manchester, who is redefining our relationship with computers, composition and music using gestural interfaces for musical composition. In our discussion we’ll explore exactly what that means, why it matters, and listen to some of the music he’s created during his research. It’s technology with wide-ranging and exciting implications, and its potential is only just beginning to be realized.
     
    Here’s a link to some of Chris’ work at the Royal Northern College of Music (35:52 onwards): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3KqZ0z6CjA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBnZu3Ymjxs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3C3CFrtDHU
    And a link to his larger portfolio: http://www.chrisrhodesmusic.co.uk/portfolio.html
    This is his Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/crhodes1992
     
    Insight Faster is now available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts! Search Insight Faster or follow the links below:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/insight-faster/id1604819778
    https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5hY2FzdC5jb20vcHVibGljL3Nob3dzL2luc2lnaHQtZmFzdGVy?pli=1
     
    We’re recruiting for Season 2! If there’s something you’d like to hear about on the podcast, drop me an email at jasper.clow@mdpi.com
     
    To find out more about this subject (or pretty much anything else), or to submit a paper to any of MDPI’s journals, head over to the MDPI website: https://www.mdpi.com/ and follow us on social media!

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    • 29 min
    Emerging Sustainability Leader Dr. Lela Mélon

    Emerging Sustainability Leader Dr. Lela Mélon

    To kick off our World Sustainability Awards afterparty, we’ve been speaking to Emerging Sustainability Leader Dr Lela Mélon. Executive Director of the Planetary Wellbeing Project at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Dr Mélon has already begun to transform higher education and is setting her sights on business. We’ll talk about the Planetary Wellbeing Project, what it’s doing, why, as well as touching on some of the people and organisations who are leading the way in sustainability research and governance.
    Insight Faster is now available on Apple Podcasts! Search Insight Faster or follow the link below:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/insight-faster/id1604819778
    Here are a load of links to Dr Mélon’s wider work!
    Here are all the relevant links to the recent (In)Corporate Sustainability Conference—Loads to get your teeth into!
    Volume 1
    Information and Programme:
    Vol 1 Day 1.1
    Vol 1 Day 1.2
    Vol 1 Day 1.3
    Vol 1 Day 1.4
    Vol 1 Day 2.1
    Vol 1 Day 2.2
    Vol 1 Day 2.3
    Vol 1 Day 2.4
    Vol 1 Day 3.1
    Vol 1 Day 3.2
    Vol 1 Day 3.3
    Vol 1 Day 3.4
     
    Volume 2
    The second edition is still at the editing stage.
    Information and Programme:
     Postgraduate Course in Sustainability Transition Management and Climate Emergency

     
    Planetary Wellbeing Page:
    Dr Mélon’s Profile:
     Dr Mélon’s LinkedIn Profile:
     Dr Mélon’s most recent book: https://www.routledge.com/Shareholder-Primacy-and-Global-Business-Re-clothing-the-EU-Corporate-Law/Melon/p/book/9780367183981
     
    To find out more about this subject (or pretty much anything else), or to submit a paper to any of MDPI’s journals, head over to the MDPI website: https://www.mdpi.com/
     
    If there’s anything in particular you’d like to hear about on the MDPI Podcast, email me at: jasper.clow@mdpi.com
     
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    • 32 min
    Anxiety and The Ecological Crisis with Dr Panu Pihkala

    Anxiety and The Ecological Crisis with Dr Panu Pihkala

    Welcome to Insight Faster, a Podcast by MDPI. This is Episode 1—Anxiety and the Ecological Crisis with Dr Panu Pihkala. Sustainability will be the theme of the rest of our lives; it should’ve been the theme of our lives so far. It affects every single one of us in profoundly different ways. One of the more often inconspicuous and yet equally damaging impacts is the way that it affects everyone’s mental health. Anxiety regarding the ecological crisis is natural, it is after all a serious, global problem, but Eco-Anxiety is notoriously difficulty to characterize. We sat down with Dr Panu Pihkala, a leading interdisciplinary researcher on the topic from the University of Helsinki and author of Anxiety and the Ecological Crisis: An Analysis of Eco and Climate Anxiety in MDPI’s Sustainability journal. The article has since attracted more than 10,000 full-text reads and more than 30 citations. We’ll talk about what Eco-Anxiety is and why it can be both incredibly challenging but also provide opportunities for positive change, whilst touching on the psychology of COVID-19 and how its psychology relates to the psychology of Eco-Anxiety.
     
    Dr Pihkala’s article Anxiety and the Ecological Crisis An
    Analysis of Eco and Climate Anxiety can be found here: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/19/7836/htm#
     
    His more recent article Eco-Anxiety and Environmental Education,
    also published in Sustainability, can be found here: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/23/10149/htm
     
    In 2021, Dr Pihkala also co-authored a paper published in the Lancet on children and youth climate anxiety which Nature described as a “landmark study”. You can find it here:
     
    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(21)00278-3/fulltext#figures
     
    Along with some of the huge amount of media coverage that it
    received here:
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02582-8
    https://www.vice.com/en/article/88npnp/fifty-six-percent-of-young-people-think-humanity-is-doomed 
    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/14/young-people-say-climate-anxiety-is-affecting-their-daily-life.html
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-58549373 
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/14/four-in-10-young-people-fear-having-children-due-to-climate-crisis
    To find out more about this subject (or pretty much anything else), or to submit a paper to any of MDPI’s journals, head over to the MDPI website: https://www.mdpi.com/
     
    If there’s anything in particular you’d like to hear about on
    the MDPI Podcast, email me at: jasper.clow@mdpi.com
     
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    • 33 min

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