The Sterling Lecture: Selling Planet Earth
  • Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

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Speaker: Professor Iain Stewart – UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society

In the first annual Sterling Lecture, and as an inaugural lecture for his UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society, Professor Iain Stewart will be discussing geoscience communication. After the lecture there will be the opportunity for questions, followed by light refreshments and networking.

This evening public lecture is free of charge and open to all, but registration is essential via the above link. This lecture is part of the Sustainable Earth 2018 conference. If you wish to attend the conference, separate booking is required via this registration form.


  • 18:30 Arrival and registration
  • 19:00 The Sterling Public Lecture: Selling Planet Earth
  • 20:30 End of lecture, networking and refreshments

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Speaker biography: Professor Iain Stewart MBE

Professor Iain Stewart is the Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at the University of Plymouth where he leads the communication of geoscience, particularly with regard to Earth science issues at the interface with the public, including natural hazards, climate change and geo-energy. In 2013 he was awarded an MBE from the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to geology and science communication, and in 2018 was awarded the position of UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society. As part of his geo-communication he regularly presents Earth science programmes for BBC television, including Earth: The Power of the Planet; How Earth Made Us, How To Grow A Planet, The Rise of the Continents, and Planet Oil.

The Sterling Lecture

The Sterling Lecture is named after Professor Stephen Sterling, Emeritus Professor of the University of Plymouth. Stephen is widely renowned nationally and internationally for his work over many years on what education’s response should be to the global issues of sustainability. During his time at the University, Stephen built a substantial reputation as one of the most outstanding thought leaders on the theory and practice of sustainability education through his work with UNESCO, the UK Higher Education Academy and WWF-UK. Stephen retired from the University in 2018, but still keeps in close contact through his Emeritus Professorship.

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