Wed, 27 Jan 2010

The Prince of Wales visited the University of East Anglia's world-renowned School of Environmental Sciences to be updated about its recent work.

The Prince, who became patron of the school in 1992, met some of the world's leading environmental researchers to receive presentations about their latest findings and developments, before meeting with students and staff from the school at a reception. 

Among those who presented their work to the Prince were Prof Phil Jones, of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU), who explained how the unit's data and analysis of the global temperature record is consistent with other independent sources. 

The Prince met and shook hands with all members of the unit and expressed his support for them during his visit on January 26.

Prof Andy Watson told him about important recent discoveries in physical sciences by himself and his colleagues Professors Corinne Le Quéré and Tim Lenton. 

The scale of the climate change challenge – and some solutions – were brought home to the Prince by Prof Bob Watson who, as well as being Professor of Environmental Sciences at the university, is also chief scientific adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 

Prof Kerry Turner highlighted the school's recent social science findings relating to social justice and the role and sustainability of forests.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Edward Acton said: "These are all subjects in which the Prince has keen interest and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to speak to him in person about the world-class research being undertaken by our School of Environmental Sciences."

Also meeting the Prince at the reception were staff and students representing other parts of the university, including: the Low Carbon Innovation Centre, the Norwich Business School, biologists working on new forms of energy and the school of International Development, which was recently awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of more than 40 years' sustained and highly respected responses to environmental change and poverty in some of the world's poorest countries.