Women in STEM and Changing Planet Seminars

23rd February 2022 at 4pm: (Hybrid) A Changing Planet Seminar: Social, ecological and climate tipping points, by Professor Tim Lenton, Director of the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter

In this seminar, Professor Tim Lenton, Director of the Global Systems Institute and Chair in Climate Change and Earth System Science at the University of Exeter, will outline how tipping points can occur in continuous dynamical systems and in networks, the causal interactions that can occur between tipping events across different types and scales of system – including the conditions required to trigger tipping cascades, the potential for early warning signals of tipping points, and how they could inform deliberate tipping of positive change.
In particular, the same methods that can provide early warning of damaging environmental tipping points can be used to detect when a socio-technical or socio-ecological system is most sensitive to being deliberately tipped in a desirable direction. He will provide some example targets for such deliberate tipping of positive change. The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception.


8th March 2022 at 4pm: (Women in Imperial Week event- Hybrid): Women & Climate Change: Leading the way to a more sustainable, equitable world

As part of Women in Imperial Week (7-11th March 2022), Grantham Institute is organising this panel discussion on International Women’s Day, as part of its Women in STEM series. Women’s vulnerability to climate change stems from a number of factors – social, economic and cultural. Recognising the important contributions of women as decision makers, stakeholders, educators, carers and experts across sectors and at all levels can lead to successful, long-term solutions to climate change. Across sectors, women’s innovations and expertise have transformed lives and livelihoods, and increased climate resilience and overall well-being. Global negotiations have increasingly reflected the growing understanding of gender considerations in climate decision making over the last few years.
Hear from our panel of Imperial researchers on their latest research, their diverse geographical regions of interests and their own experiences as women tackling climate change. They will discuss the social, economic and cultural implications, in relation to science, academia, governance, communications, business and innovation.


10th March 2022 at 4pm: (Women in Imperial Week event -Online): Women and sustainable food systems: different perspectives towards a healthier world

This event is also a Women in STEM seminar, organised as part of Women in Imperial Week (7-11th March 2022), Women in STEM series. Food production is a major driver of climate change and biodiversity loss. A key challenge we face nationally and globally is feeding a rapidly growing population with nutritious food from sustainable and resilient food systems. Transforming how we produce food and shifting our eating patterns can help to reverse environmental degradation whilst enhancing the health of the population. In this seminar, we will bring together speakers who work towards sustainable food systems across academia, industry and social entrepreneurship. Together, these inspiring women bring a unique insight to our food system and in establishing successful careers as women. This seminar will explore their past experiences and views for the future in cultivating sustainable food systems and how getting gender right is essential to achieve this. Speakers include Beth Hart, VP Supply Chain and Brand Trust at McDonalds.


23rd March 2022 at 4pm: (Hybrid) A Changing Planet Seminar by Professor Steve Fletcher

Steve Fletcher is a Professor of Ocean Policy and Economy, and Director of the Sustainability and the Environment research theme, at the University of Portsmouth. Hear from him on his latest work related to global ocean conservation and a sustainable future, that generates positive impact for people and the planet. As Theme Director for Sustainability and Environment research, he builds on existing successes in ocean research by encouraging interdisciplinary, cross-University working including growing agendas around sustainable food and sustainable fashion. He also leads the University’s Revolution Plastics initiative – driving interdisciplinary research and innovation to solve challenges in areas as diverse as recycling, packaging and wastewater treatment. He is one of the top 10 most-cited scientists in the field of Marine Policy. His expertise in ocean conservation has been recognised by his role as Ocean Lead of the International Resource Panel by UN Environment, and his former role as Chief Strategy Officer for the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre. He continues to work extensively with the UN family of ocean and biodiversity conventions, governments, agencies, businesses, universities and a wider network of international conservation organisations.

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