Blueprint for a Green Future – digital Queen’s Lecture at the TU Berlin
Invitation to the digital Queen’s Lecture on 4 November 2020
The toll COVID-19 is wreaking on humanity is immense. “To emerge from this pandemic as strong as possible, we now have to face a triple challenge.” Emily Shuckburgh is convinced of this. “How are we to respond to the threat of growing social inequality, the destruction of nature, and climate change?” British meteorologist, climate expert, and mathematician Dr. Emily Shuckburgh will give this year’s traditional Queen’s Lecture at TU Berlin on 4 November. Due to current circumstances, this year’s lecture will be held as a livestream but promises to be highly interesting and provide insight into scientific expertise and innovation. Emily Shuckburgh will outline the economic case for an inclusive, green recovery from the pandemic and highlight the advances in artificial intelligence as well as nature-based solutions that can support a more sustainable and resilient future, offering a blueprint for a green future.
You are cordially invited to attend the
Digital Queen’s Lecture 2020: “A Blueprint for a Green Future“
Dr. Emily Shuckburgh, director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge’s climate change initiative, and fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society
The lecture will be held in English.
When: Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 17:00
Where: You will receive access to the digital event after registering.
Please register here: https://www.tu.berlin/go10746/
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On the morning of the Queen’s Lecture, the British Embassy invites journalists to a
digital press conference with Emily Shuckburgh
When: Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 11:00
Where: After registering you will receive a link to the video conference.
To register for the press conference, please send an email to the following email address by 2 November 2020: Anika.Stegemann@fco.gov.uk
The 2020 lecture: melting ice caps, social inequality, the destruction of biodiversity and COVID-19
It is thought that one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction over the coming decades. Moreover, extreme weather related to climate change – including heatwaves, floods and wildfires – is destroying lives and livelihoods around the world. The global population is approaching 8 billion, yet its wealth is unequally distributed. The world’s richest one percent have more than twice as much wealth as 6.9 billion people, and inequalities have been exacerbated by COVID-19. “But these inequalities can be addressed to create a fairer and more just society; nature can be valued and supported so we leave it in an improved and resilient state for future generations,” says Shuckburgh. In addition to other steps, the climate expert recommends implementing policies requiring technical adaptations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Shuckburgh will elaborate on other proposals for industry, natural protection, and infrastructure to make this hope for a better, greener future a reality. Following the lecture, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions in the chat function or on Twitter. (# QL2020).
Please find an exclusive interview with Emily Shuckburgh here: www.tu.berlin/go10943
About Emily Shuckburgh
Dr. Emily Shuckburgh is a mathematician and climate scientist. She is reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge and leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER). Dr. Shuckburgh is also director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge’s ambitious climate change initiative. Her past work has intensively focused on our oceans and until 2015 she served as head of the British Antarctic Survey’s Open Oceans group as well as deputy head of its Polar Oceans group until 2019. Within this role she was an advisor to the British government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council. Currently she is a fellow of numerous national institutions, including the Royal Meteorological Society. Dr. Shuckburgh also plays an active role in science communication. For example, she is co-chair of the Climate Science Communications group and in 2016 she was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to science and science communication. She is co-author with HRH Prince Charles and Tony Juniper of a book in the Ladybird Expert series on climate change.
For more information, see: https://www.cst.cam.ac.uk/people/efs20
Queen’s Lectures at TU Berlin – a tradition since 1965
Every year the president of TU Berlin invites members of the University and public to attend the Queen’s Lecture. Organized with the support of the British Embassy Berlin and the British Council, Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s international organization for cultural relations, the lecture series is a long-standing tradition in TU Berlin’s scientific and cultural program. Each lecture is given by a renowned British scientist and addresses current economic, cultural and scientific issues. The series of lectures was bestowed as a gift to the city of Berlin on the occasion of the visit of Queen Elisabeth II in 1965. TU Berlin personally welcomed Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II again in 2015 to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the lecture. Honorary guests included Federal President Joachim Gauck, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Michael Müller, governing mayor of Berlin.
Information and photos Queen’s Lecture 2015: www.tu-berlin.de/?id=160641
This year’s Queen’s Lecture will once again be held as part of the Berlin Science Week, an event which runs from 1 to 10 November and features more than 200 virtual discussion events, workshops, and exhibitions, bringing together the most innovative and leading science institutions and researchers.
More information about Berlin Science Week: berlinscienceweek.com
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