Communicating contested environmental science
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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Join the Sustainable Earth Institute (SEI) for an evening with Defra Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Ian Boyd.

Professor Boyd will be drawing upon his own experience of communicating environmental science, and discussing the trials and tribulations of sharing challenging and often contested science with the public.

In his role as Defra Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Boyd provides ministerial advice on evidence base to support policy decisions, ensures quality and fit-for-purpose science, helps to raise the profile of Defra science and manage interface with the public.

Biography: Professor Ian Boyd

Professor Ian Boyd is the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He is currently a Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

He has been a Physiological Ecologist with the Natural Environment Research Council Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Science Programme Director with the British Antarctic Survey, Director at the Natural Environment Research Council’s Sea Mammal Research Unit where he was responsible for advising Defra and the Scottish Government about policy related to marine mammals.

He has also been the Chief Scientist to the Behavioural Response Study for the US Navy and Director for the Scottish Oceans Institute and acting Director and Chairman with the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland.

Professor Boyd has received the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London, and the Bruce Medal (awarded once every four years) for his research in polar science, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Society of Biology.

  • Registration and arrival: from 18:15
  • Lecture with Q&A: 18:30 - 20:00

This event is free and open to all, please register attendance via the above link.

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