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Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment


This year, we are bringing people together from across and beyond Cambridge to draw connections between food security, biodiversity, bioenergy by looking at the drivers of land use change and the research pathways which will help to prepare for and address the challenges we will face in the future.

Each month, a panel of three expert 'witnesses' join the Forum.  One of the aims of holding these witness sessions is to bring people together who would not usually meet each other but who are working in areas which overlap enough to stimulate an interesting discussion. They are therefore a rich mixture of policy- and decision-makers from governments and businesses as well as technical experts and researchers, all of whom are interested in different aspects of this fascinating area.

Use the 'Meetings' menu to find out more about what they each talked about.

Profiles of the witnesses so far

Professor Ian  Bateman
Professor of Environmental Sciences,
School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
Dr Alan  Belward
Head of the Land Resource Management Unit,
Institute for Environment and Sustainability,
European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) in Ispra, Italy
Dr Chris  Brown
Sustainable Business Director,
 Ariel  Brunner
Head of EU Policy,
BirdLife International, based in Brussels
Dr Tinashe  Chiurugwi
Research Associate
National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), Cambridge
Dr Helen  Crowley
Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation,
Professor Paul  Dupree
Professor of Biochemistry,
Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge
Professor Peter  Freer-Smith
Chief Scientist,
Forest Research and Forestry Commission
Dr Toby  Gardner
Research Fellow,
Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
Professor Charles  Godfray
Hope Professor and Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food,
Oxford University
Dr Jon  Hutton
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge
Dr Lucas  Joppa
Head the Conservation Science Research Unit and a scientist in the eScience Group
Microsoft Research, based at the Microsoft Redmond Campus, USA
Dr Jon  Kirkpatrick
Head of Sustainability, Europe
Lend Lease
Professor Georgina  Mace
Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER),
University College London (UCL)
Professor Theresa  Marteau
Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit,
Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge
 Alison  Mollon
Senior Programme Manager, West & Central Africa,
Acting Regional Manager, Africa
Fauna and Flora International (FFI)
Dr David  Nally
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography,
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
 Michael  Ramage
Senior University Lecturer,
Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
Dame Barbara  Stocking
President of Murray Edwards College,
University of Cambridge
Dr Liz  Watson
Senior Lecturer and Pybus Fellow of Newnham College,
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Professor Tim  Wheeler
Professor of Crop Science at the University of Reading
Formerly Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development
Now, he is the