Lectures 2013

Sustainable partnerships for global food security

Ruben Echeverría is the the Director General of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

As humanity faces developmental challenges as never before (produce 60% more food with less water and land, changing climate and inadequate global public agriculture and environmental research funding) the presentation focused on the need to strengthen global partnerships to tackle such research for development challenges. Strong Universities such as the University of Copenhagen, the CGIAR and global, regional and national public and private partners should join efforts to address such challenges at a global scale.

This lectures is arranged in collaboration with the UCPH Working Group for Development. Niels Elers Koch, chair for the UCPH Working Group for Development, moderated the talk, which took place on 29 October.

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Prosperity and sustainability “after the crisis”

As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson challenged the established economic principles and explored a fundamental restructuring of our financial system so that we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future.

Tim Jackson is known worldwide for his report 'Prosperity without growth' and he has been called 'the greeen economist'. He is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE).

The lecture took place 23 October in the University Ceremonial Hall and was arranged together with Mandag Morgen, Merkur Andelskasse and kindly supported by the VILLUM FOUNDATION. It was followed by a closed seminar of 60 invited guests representing academia, NGO's and private enterprise.

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Making Sense of the role of media in shaping awareness and engagement with climate change

Mass media serve vital roles in communication processes between science, policy and the public, and often stitch together perceptions and actions regarding climate change. Many complex factors contribute to how media outlets portray climate change science, politics and policy.

Max T. Boykoff has concentrated his research on interactions between state and non-state actors at the interface of environmental science, policy and practice. His most recent book is called Who Speaks for Climate? Making sense of media reporting on climate change.

Editor-in-chief of Politiken Bo Lidegaard gave his response to this lecture which was moderated by the Prorector of Education Lykke Friis. It took place on 22 October.

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Can market forces rescue global forest governance?

Ben Cashore. professor at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University gave a talk on the potential pitfalls and strategies for increasing the use of market mechanisms, focusing on the related cases of forest certification systems.

Cashore argued that stakeholders and government officials must place greater attention not only on the “direct” effects of market mechanisms, but on their synergistic potential to interact with government efforts across multiple scales.

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Late lessons from early warnings

David Gee, Former Senior Advisor of the European Environment Agency presented highlights from the EEA report "Late lessons from early warnings volume II", which features more than 20 case studies of environmental problems and the interplay between science, problem understandings and public policy-making.

The ‘Late Lessons Project’ illustrates how damaging and costly the misuse or neglect of the precautionary principle can be, using case studies and a synthesis of the lessons to be learned and applied to maximising innovations whilst minimising harms. Deputy Director General Claus Torp from the Danish Ministery of the Environment and Professor Peter Pagh, Faculty of Law discussed the topics presented. It took place on 29 May.

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Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes: Approaches, Tools and Metrics

Tony Simons is the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and active in 24 countries in Africa, Asia and South America, the centre is one of the world´s leading research organisations working to reduce rural poverty and increase food security, by promoting the growth and use of trees on farms. He gave a talk on the 23 May. 

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Lidia Brito - Science for Global Sustainability: Challenges and opportunities

Lidia Brito, the Director for Science Policies and Capacity Building of UNESCO, argued for more engagement of research and scientific institutions at national, regional and global level in addressing developmental questions. This will require a more integrated and trans-disciplinary approach to science programmes and new models of governance and engagement with society. The lecture took place on 29 April. 

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Mohamed Nasheed - How can we build a carbon neutral world economy?

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed outlined the dangers climate change poses to his low-lying island nation, which stands just 1.5 meters above sea level.

Nasheed argued that the world can choose to defeat climate change by building a carbon neutral global economy. He set out the opportunities clean technologies can bring, and discussed how we can overcome the fossil fuel interests trying to prevent progress. It took place on April 16th. There are no available slides from this lecture.


Jon Day - 'Ecosystem based management – is the Great Barrier Reef really the ‘gold standard?'
Jon Day from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority talked about the Great Barrier Reef as an example of ecosystem based management. Jon Day is Director of Planning, Heritage and Sustainable Funding at the Marine Park. It took place on 13 March.

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Dr. Pavel Kabat - Systems Science for Policy Support

The Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems
Analysis (IIASA), Dr. Pavel Kabat introduced the work carried out by IIASA and argued that narrowly focused, single-disciplinary science alone cannot adequately underpin policies and solutions to resolve major sustainability challenges. It took place on 11 January.

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