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Programme of Events - Transitions towards Sustainability

Professor Pamela Matson, Stanford University, Tellus Mater Distinguished Fellow in Sustainability Studies 2019 

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The Practical Pursuit of Sustainability

Tuesday 26th February, 5pm
Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Cambridge, CB2 3QZ

Sustainability is a term widely used by many different groups – from corporations to the international development community to academic institutions and non-profits – sometimes with different meanings and different goals. In this talk, Pamela Matson will draw common threads among the different uses, and illustrate how systems thinking and a capital assets framework can be used by all of them to increase the likelihood of accomplishing sustainability goals.

Followed drinks reception in the David Attenborough Building

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Linking Knowledge to Action at Scales that Matter: Lessons from the past, thoughts about the future

Wednesday 27th February, 5pm
David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site, Cambridge, CB2 3QZ

Over the last two decades, scientific effort has begun to shift from research for fundamental understanding toward research that supports action. Dr. Pamela Matson will discuss how “science to action” has evolved in the context of current global environmental changes and sustainability challenges. While scientists and professional societies have recognized the need for science to help solve pressing societal problems, their engagement in problem solving has had only limited success, especially at the global scale.  Drawing on her own research and others’,  Dr. Matson will discuss some crucial characteristics of research that effectively  links “science to action,”  and practices for extending solutions to scales that matter.

Hosted by Cambridge Conservation Initiative  

Followed by a drinks reception in David Attenborough Building

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Final Symposium: Panel Discussion

Friday 1st March, 2pm
David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site, Cambridge, CB2 3Q

Symposium to discuss Professor Matson’s work, and some of the issues that she will have raised during the week. Chaired by Professor Bhaskar Vira

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Monday 25 February, 5pm

The inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture given by Lord Nick Stern on “Sustainability and Internationalism: Driving development in the 21st Century”. This is the first in the series of lectures on “Globalisation, Sustainability and the Power of Ideas”.


Show and Tell - World of Conservation 

Join us on a journey of discovery during some punchy presentations from some of the best science presenters at UCCRI and beyond – as they show off their favourite things from the world of conservation. It is part of the University of Cambridge's 2019 Science Festival.

All ages, drop in

16 March 2019 4 - 6 pm
DAB, Seminar room 

Insects and Wine Tasting Evening - Cambridge Science Festival

A unique opportunity to taste three different insect canapés, each paired with wine, in the company of experts who will speak briefly about environmental sustainability, insect foods, and wines. This is an adults only public event, hosted by UCCRI and Cambridge Global Food Security IRC. It is part of the University of Cambridge's 2019 Science Festival.

21 March 2019 6 - 8pm
Thirsty, Chesterton Road

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