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Event: Green Futures Conference Day 1

11 June 2021 | 10.00-16.30

Published May 5, 2021

The University of Exeter is home to a wide range of environment, climate and sustainability experts working on solutions to address the environment and climate emergency.

Listen and engage with world-leading researchers and teachers as they host a series of talks and conversations about how we can build a fairer, greener future.

Speakers include our top UK climate scientists and topics such as building a circular economy, the role of space in supporting environmental intelligence, creating positive tipping points and food security.

G7 policy priorities linked to the day include: Tackling climate change and preserving the planet’s biodiversity and Promoting future prosperity by championing free and fair trade.

Watch a live stream of the event


10.00 - 10.05 Welcome to Green Futures
Professor Lisa Roberts – Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Exeter
10.05 - 10.20 Plenary Session - Our Plastic Future
Professor Tamara Galloway – Professor of Ecotoxicology
10.20 - 10.45 Plenary Session – Could the Amazon Forest Dieback under Climate Change
Professor Peter Cox – Professor of Climate System Dynamics
10.45 - 11.00 KEYNOTE – Understanding climate change
Professor Richard Betts – Chair in Climate Impacts at the University of Exeter and Head of Climate Impacts in the Met Office Hadley Centre
11.00 - 11.15 BREAK
11.15 -12.30 Special Interest Sessions – choose your event below

Option A

Space and Environmental Intelligence

This event will be recorded at Goonhilly Earth Station and provided on this website.

Option B

Linking the environment, economy and wellbeing into business and policy decision making

Unlocking the solutions that can truly deliver sustainable economic growth, social gains and environmental improvements.

  • Matt Heard, National Specialist, The National Trust
  • Ian Bateman, Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Exeter
  • Grace Twiston-Davies, Research and Impact Fellow, University of Exeter
  • Ben Balmford, PhD Student in Economics, University of Exeter
  • Dawn Scott, The South West Partnerships for Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP)

Option C

Accelerating energy transitions, governance and empowerment (Energy Policy Group)

How we can achieve a rapid and equitable transition of the energy system away from fossil fuels towards sustainable and renewable energy technologies with Dr Richard Lowes and Professor Catherine Mitchell

Option D

Clean Energy Futures

Exeter’s Clean Energy Group, including young researchers and students present the technologies and options to make green energy a reality including novel solar photovoltaic materials, floating offshore wind, energy storage and smart grid solutions. Featuring:

12.30 - 13.00 BREAK
13.00 - 13.15 Plenary - Creating Value from a Circular Economy
Professor Fiona Charnley – Associate Professor of Circular Economy and Co-Director Exeter Centre for the Circular Economy
13.15 - 13.35 Plenary – Positive tipping points to avoid climate tipping points
Professor Tim Lenton – Director, Global Systems Institute
13.35 - 13.45 Plenary – Free Trade or Fair Trade?
Professor Dan Bebber – Associate Professor (ER) in Biosciences
13.45 - 14.00 BREAK
14.00 - 16.30 Special interest sessions – choose your event

Option E: 14.00 - 16.00

The Circular Economy Hub: an introduction

Accelerating the transition to a UK Circular Economy through the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) Programme involving businesses, policymakers, consumers and society, and the third sector.

Option F: 15.20 - 16.00

Challenges Online Grand Finale Showcase

Between the 7th-11th June 2021, Challenges Online students will come up with projects to tackle global challenges based on the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals including the climate emergency, planetary health, sustainable food systems, social inequality and fake news. The winning student project presentations and their messages to G7 leaders will be recorded and provided on this website.

Option G: 15.00 - 16.30

Using the power of data to create solutions for a Green Future

Being able to fully exploit the power of data will be crucial in helping businesses, policy makers and citizens adapt to a rapidly changing planet and environment. Learn about how data science, big data and AI can be used to give actionable insights into the changing world around us and the solutions we need. Attendees will also get the chance to experiment with a cutting-edge AI-based tool and explore how climate change might affect their community, home, business and region.