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Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment

James Appleton: Bridges in St John's College

The Forum has around 20 members, drawn from departments across the University of Cambridge ranging from Zoology to Social Anthropology, Architecture, Engineering and History and Philosophy of Science to the British Antarctic Survey and cross-departmental initiatives working on biodiversity conservation, energy and global food security.

The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month and starting in October 2013, a selection of experts or ‘witnesses’ from inside and outside the University will be invited to each of the meetings to provide their perspective on sustainability and to answer questions about the greatest challenges they face in their area of expertise. 

To find out more information about the Chair and the Director the Forum members and the expert witnesses who are coming to meetings each month, please follow the links on the left.

A new Parallel Forum was also set up in October 2014 to bring together a cross-disciplinary group of post-docs, Masters and PhD students who are working on sustainability and the environment to explore gaps in what we know and future research questions and opportunities. This group runs in parallel with the original Forum and last academic year, they met four times, using the background papers from the three expert witnesses and their ideas about future research as a starting point for their discussion.  This year, there will be a series of meetings to explore the same themes as the main group.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Forum or the Parallel Forum as it develops and you would like to be involved, please e-mail Dr Rosamunde Almond ().

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Our topic this year will forge connections between health, wellbeing and sustainability and as in previous years, a panel of three expert 'witnesses' from across and beyond Cambridge will join us each month.

Find out more about their work