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Theme 3: Our changing world

Our topic is ‘connecting health, wellbeing and sustainability’ and in the final term of the academic year, we are focusing on 'our changing world'.

In May, we will build on some of the discussions we had during our first term when we talked about where we live and work, to discuss 'blue and green cities: from theory to reality'.  In the final meeting of the year, we are going to be talking about 'living and dying in a sustainable world'.

A panel of three witnesses will join us each month and to provide their perspective on gaps and future research questions, followed by an open question and answer session. 

From theory to reality

On the 16th May, a climate scientist joined a forest ecologist and the Director of Strategy and External Affairs at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew to generate new questions related to how green spaces can be designed to mitigate the effects of climate change in cities and bring benefits to our wellbeing, local economies and biodiversity, and city and national-level policies which could support them.

Inspired by nature

On the 27th June, the leader of the design team behind the 'supertrees' in Gardens by the Bay in Singapore joined a landscape horticulturalist and a professor of psychology who works on wellbeing to help us to think about how to design, engineer and create inspirational parks, gardens and other green spaces so that they benefit people's health, their wellbeing and the environment.

For more information about these meetings, please follow the links on the right or e-mail Dr Rosamunde Almond (r.almond@damtp.cam.ac.uk)

These reports contain key questions and 'wicked problems' raised during our meetings about 'places' and 'diets'.

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