Thursday evening Policy Seminars

As part of the MSc course, the Centre holds a regular series of Thursday evening Policy Seminars given by a range of speakers from areas including government, industry and non-government organisations who come to talk about their particular involvement in the environmental field. These seminars are of great value, as they provide a prime opportunity for informal socialising and networking.

External speakers range from international experts to course alumni, with their contribution ensuring coverage of current issues, the possibility of placement-style dissertation research and an invaluable source of job announcements. 

All students are expected to attend.

Autumn Term:

03/10/2019

"Heading for Extinction (and what to do about it)"
Clare Farrell and Paul John Nelson (Co-founder of Extinction Rebellion)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


10/10/2019

"The many faces of EU environmental and climate policy"
Andrea Illes (Senior Consultant, Environmental and Climate Policy, Ricardo Energy & Environment)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


17/10/2019

"Winning the change in the economy we need for the planet"
Angela Francis (Chief Advisor, Economics and Economic Development at WWF)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


24/10/2019
"Acid rain. Experiences of a parliamentary select committee advisor on environmental issues."
Nigel Bell (Emeritus Professor of Environmental Pollution)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


31/10/2019

"Planetary Health and the implications of the Planetary Health agenda for biodiversity conservation"
Sarah Whitmee (Ecologist, conservation biologist and researcher on planetary health)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


07/11/2019

"Sustainable diets - more than just food "
Dan Crossley (Executive Director of Food Ethics Council)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


14/11/2019

"Accelerating the global low carbon transition (a policy perspective)"
Simon Sharpe (Head of International Climate Change Strategy / Projects)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


21/11/2019

“Transport and climate change – a smooth journey ahead?”
Jameel Hayat and Rohit Sharma (Transport econ & policy of IPCC)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


28/11/2019

“Global water shortages: causes and solutions to avoiding a new world war”
Dave Barker (Climate Fiction author & Economist)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


05/12/2019

"How scientists can influence policy, and how policymakers can influence science"
Mark Burgman (Director of CEP, Chair in Risk Analysis & Environmental Policy)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


Spring Term:

09/01/2020

"The role of environmental consultants in building projects within the UK planning policy framework"
George Locke (Environmental Consultant role in UK engineering)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


16/01/2020

"Endocrine distribution: lost in translation?"
Olwenn Martin (Leader of the Planetary Health pathway of BASc Global Challenges)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


23/01/2020

“Funding Opportunities for Sustainability Research in Core Industries”
Nikzad Oraee (Chief Legal Officer Jovein Cement Plc)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


30/01/2020

Title TBC
Chris Hocknell (Director at Eight Associates)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


06/02/2020

"Accelerating sustainable innovation"
Georgia Parker (Innovation Manager at Fashion For Good)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


13/02/2020

"Achieving the UK's net-zero target"
Mike Helmsley (Senior Power Analyst at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC))
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


20/02/2020

"What’s in a name? The role of definitions and language in energy policy"
Pippa Palmer (SolarAid MD)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


27/02/2020

"Can business help to unlock systems transformation? What needs to change if we are to drive significant progress over the next 10 years"
Jules Hill-Landolt (Director of Sustainable Lifestyles programme)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


05/03/2020

Title TBC
Laurie Kell (Director, SEA++International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building


12/03/2020

"Applying The New to Capital Projects"
Jake Tudge (Management Consultant, Accenture)
Read Lecture Theatre, Sherfield Building