16th Univ Annual Seminar – virtual
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
6.30 – 8pm
Join us online for the 16th Univ Annual Seminar. The title for this year’s seminar is: “The Green Agenda: Will COVID-19 Help or Hinder?” The panel will be chaired by Professor Gideon Henderson, Senior Research Fellow in Earth Sciences at Univ and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
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Professor Gideon Henderson is a Senior Research Fellow in Earth Sciences at Univ. For the last nine months Gideon has been the Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), tasked with offering advice on the environmental consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic, the continuation of food supply, and planning for a green recovery. His advice to ministers, at SAGE, and to government more broadly is based on his expertise as an environmental scientist and on interactions with many in the science community. He will explore what the future holds for environmental policy and the green agenda.
The confirmed panel speakers are:
Dr Arunabha Ghosh, a former Global Leaders Fellow at GEG, is Founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water and a member of the UN’s Committee for Development Policy. As policy adviser, author (of four books), columnist and institution builder, he has led CEEW to the top ranks as one of South Asia’s leading policy research institutions (seven years in a row); and among the world’s 20 best climate think-tanks in 2013, 2014 and 2016. He will speak about how to recover from the pandemic with a new social contract that focuses on jobs, growth and sustainability.
Dr Samantha Burgess, a former research scholar at Univ, is Deputy Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), working at the science-policy interface to improve understanding of climate related risks. C3S provides open access to climate data globally and works with partners across Europe to enable better decisions for industry, society and government. Sam has previously focused on environmental resilience, blue economy and ocean recovery in roles including chief scientific advisor, research director and head of policy in government, the private sector, NGOs and academia. Sam will address the importance of transparent climate data to inform decision making in the green recovery.
Sam Swire (1999, History) is an executive director of John Swire and Sons Ltd in London. He is chairman of The China Navigation Company, a shipping line based in Singapore; and is a non-executive director of Cathay Pacific Airways, a Hong Kong airline. He has worked for the Swire Group since leaving Univ, with postings in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, New York, and Sri Lanka. He has also worked in the oil services industry.
Sam Cornish (2012, DPhil Geology) is a DPhil student at Univ investigating the physical dynamics of the changing Arctic Ocean. Sam took part in the MOSAiC Expedition to the central Arctic last year, and has since produced articles and a podcast to animate the science of this groundbreaking campaign. Coupled with an academic interest in climate change, Sam co-founded Positive Investment Oxford, and has worked with several college bursars and student groups on investment practices fit for the just transition to a zero-carbon economy.
Dr Tara Shirvani (2009, DPhil Chemistry) is an Iranian-Austrian thought leader, speaker, scientific advisor and international activist on climate change, disruptive technologies and digital innovation. She is currently working for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and was previously at the World Bank in Washington DC. She is Aviva’s Women of the Future and a Forbes 30 under 30 Awardee.
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