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​​The Chancellor's Lecture 2020

Title/Speaker:

#futuregen: How to be a Good Ancestor
Dr Jane Davidson 

Date/time:

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 6pm

Details:

​The University of Gloucestershire is delighted to welcome Dr Jane Davidson as the speaker at this year's Chancellor's Lecture.

The Lecture

What needs to be in place to change the behaviour of governments or institutions to encourage long term thinking? This lecture will look at the long term strategic approach adopted in Wales – the introduction of a law to protect future generations – through the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. Despite global commitments to climate change and biodiversity from UN member states, passing this act in 2015 thrust Wales into the global spotlight as the only country in the world to have a legal mechanism to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. Jane Davidson, proposer of the Act and the author of #futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country will guide us through this journey before we consider whether this approach could transfer to the wider UK.

The lecture will be delivered via Zoom. The event will start with a 30 minute presentation by Dr Davidson, followed by a panel discussion, with guests including Dr Alex Ryan, Director of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire.

The Speaker

Jane is the author of #futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country and Chair of the Wales Inquiry of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission. She is Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

From 2007- 2011, she was Minister for Environment and Sustainability in Wales where she proposed legislation to make sustainability the central organising principle of government; the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act came into law in 2015.

She is a RSA Fellow and in 2017 was guest faculty in the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership programme at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.​​

Venue/tickets:

This event will stream live on Zoom.

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance. Please visit Eventbrite for more details and to book your place.


​​​​​​​​​​The Living ​Room Lectures​

​A series of sh​​​ort talks by University of Gloucestershire academics from and to our living rooms.  

In the spirit of social distancing, this series of short lectures will be streamed live on Facebook, each lasting for around half an hour including an opportunity to ask questions. The aim is to provide something of interest and curiosity to our varied community of students, staff, alumni, our local community and the general public.  

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​Topics are based on academic study and research appropriate to the current situation, although the subject areas are not necessarily d​irectly related to coronavirus or lockdown and will provide our audience with something of more general interest than academic paper.  


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The Living Roo​​​​​​m Lectures Season 2

Title/Speaker:

Watching Wildlife in Winter
Professor Anne Goodenough

Date/time:

Wednesday 2 December 2020, 1pm

Details:

Get outside and appreciate winter wildlife in Gloucestershire and beyond this month with help and inspiration in this short lunchtime presentation. 

Winter can sometimes seem a quiet time in the natural world but if you know where to go, and what to look out for, there are some amazing wildlife opportunities. Watching deer rutting, seeing new-born seal pups, finding new winter-visiting birds, seeking out overwintering butterflies, exploring the wonders of the world of fungi, and even simply taking the time to appreciate the majesty of bare trees – winter can be a truly rewarding time to watch wildlife.  

Professor Anne Goodenough has broad teaching and research interests, from the nesting ecology of birds to the role of citizen science, and the study of starling murmurations. 

​​Part of The​ Living Room Lectures Series. ​This short live online presentation will be followed by a live Q&A - please submit your questions during the lecture directly on facebook.

Venue/tickets:

Our Living Room Lectures are streamed live on Facebook​

Free, no booking or ticket required.​​

Title/Speaker:

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Heels
Professor Adam Hart

Date/time:

Wednesday 16 December 2020, 6pm

Details:

Chestnuts roasting on open fires, jack frost nipping at heels and Christmas jumpers - but how does the natural world deal with the onset of winter?  

In this winter-inspired Living Room Lecture, Professor Adam Hart will explore the many ways that animals deal with the challenges of a chilly festive season. 

Professor Adam Hart is a writer and broadcaster with a passion for all aspects of biology, and a particular interest in social insects such as ants and bees, and large-scale citizen science projects. 

​​Part of The​ Living Room Lectures Series. ​This short live online presentation will be followed by a live Q&A - please submit your questions during the lecture directly on facebook.

Venue/tickets:

Our Living Room Lectures are streamed live on Facebook​

Free, no booking or ticket required.​​​


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