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Public events mark 50 years of Environmental Sciences at UEA

The University of East Anglia is celebrating 50 years of its highly-respected School of Environmental Sciences this September, and invites people to two flagship events to mark the occasion.

The road from Paris to Norwich:

On Friday 15 September a free public panel discussion called “The road from Paris to Norwich” will address the implementation of the Paris Agreement – the global agreement dealing with greenhouse gas emissions from which US President Donald Trump controversially withdrew.

The panel will be chaired by John Selwyn Gummer, Lord Deben, chairman of the UK's independent Committee on Climate Change. Scientists Prof Sir Bob Watson and Prof Corinne Le Quéré (Tyndall Centre, UEA), CEO of Norwich City Council Laura McGillivray and Andy Brown, Head of Sustainability at Anglian Water, will also be on the panel.

They will outline their views on the opportunities and risks arising from the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and discuss how UEA influences and informs government policy, and how leaders draw on scientific evidence in their decision-making.

Date: 15 September

Time: 6.30pm

Location: The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Tickets: Free

Booking: Essential, via www.uea.ac.uk/events    

'Sustainability: Can society save itself?

On 20-21 September, a Social Sustainability Summit at UEA will build on work by the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Research Group of the School of Environmental Science to produce a set of principles for promoting social engagement with sustainability with ten leading thinkers and practitioners from business, government, and civil society.

Organisations involved in the summit include The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Scottish Government, Norfolk County Council, Anglian Water, Accenture, Adnams Brewery, Forum for the Future, the Sustainability Literature Project, Green Alliance, Wild Anglia, the New Economics Foundation, Liftshare, and Involve.

As part of the programme a ‘Question Time’ style public debate entitled 'Sustainability: Can society save itself?’ will take place on the evening of 21 September. During the debate, five panellists will explore the great contemporary challenge of making more sustainable ways of living – discussing the relative merits of science and society in developing solutions to sustainability challenges, and addressing questions from the audience.

The panel will be chaired by Jason Chilvers, chair of the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Research Group. Panellists include: Sara Parkin OBE (Sustainability Literature Project, Forum for the Future), Richard Powell OBE (Wild Anglia, Institute of Environmental Managers and Assessors), Rebecca Willis (Climate Leadership Programme – Green Alliance), Kate Cooper (Liftshare), and Steve Waters (Playwright/screenwriter, UEA).

Date: 21 September

Time: 7-8.30pm

Location: The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Tickets: Free

Booking: Strongly recommended, via www.3Sdebate.eventbrite.co.uk

For further information and to post questions in advance, visit www.3Sresearch.org/3Sdebate or follow #3Sdebate on Twitter and Facebook

Since its foundation in 1967, UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences has become one of the largest and most fully developed interdisciplinary institutions of its kind in Europe, providing a stimulating, innovative and active research environment for the study of natural and human environments.

Research in the school addresses climate, ocean and atmospheric interactions; the governance of resources and sustainability; and geosciences and natural hazards.  It houses international centres of excellence and research groups such as the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; the Climatic Research Unit (CRU); the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change; CSERGE – the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment; and the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Research Group.

In the next 50 years, the School has dedicated itself to pursuing fundamental interdisciplinary environmental science research that directly addresses the grand environmental challenges of the 21st century.