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Shifting Perspectives: The role of visual media in environmental debates

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Saturday 24th October, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Faculty of Law, Cambridge

Join a panel of leading visual media experts as they discuss the role of communicating conservation issues through visual media.

Toby Smith

Toby_Smith-017-Ratcliffe On Soar 1.jpgToby Smith, is a freelance photographer and works internationally on projects concerning environment, industrial and science stories. Toby is also the Artist in Residence at the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) for 2015/16. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust his residency will enable a new emphasis on UCCRI’s inter-disciplinary theme whilst seeking out new paths to tackle important conservation challenges. 

Susan McMillan 

Susan is a TV producer and writer. She has worked primarily for the BBC but also for big international co-producers such as Discovery, National Geographic, Animal Planet and independent film companies in Australia. Susan has w

orked on many BBC landmark series such as Human Planet, Natural World, Supernatural and Wildlife on One. She specialises in natural history, science and the environment. 

Patrick Di Nola

Patrick is Director of Photography, Getty Images. He is currently working in the photo assignments division of Getty Images, with specific focus on the Reportage by Getty Images roster of award-winning photojournalists, but also the broader Global Assignment network/service. Liaising with key clients in the UK & Europe (media/corporate/agency), building close relationships with NGOs/charities across the region, and communicating with local Getty Images sales offices/personnel. 

Cheryl Campbell

Cheryl is the Executive Director for Television for the Environment (TVE). TVE is a not-for-profit which works with filmmakers and partners worldwide to make and distribute films that put the environment and sustainability on the global agenda. Cheryl is an experienced journalist who has spent more than twenty years working for UK charities focusing on the environment and development.

Bhaskar Vira (Chair)

Bhaskar is the Director of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI). Trained as an economist, Bhaskar’s research interests centre on the changing political economy of development, especially in India; and on political ecology, focusing on forests, wildlife and land use change and the social and political context for biodiversity conservation.



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