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Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope in conversation with Dr Emily Shuckburgh

When Sep 26, 2020
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
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Professor Stephen J Toope
Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Theme: Cambridge Zero

To conclude our series, Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope will lead a discussion with Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero, and esteemed guests on the critical choices we need to make to address the challenge of climate change and achieve a resilient and zero-carbon future.

From food and lifestyle to energy and nature, there are choices we need to make – as individuals, organisations and businesses – if we are to tackle climate change. Over the past week, Cambridge Zero and the Alumni Festival have brought together different voices and disciplines to discuss and debate these choices.

The Vice-Chancellor will build on these discussions to explore the role of the University, and how it can best support the transition to a zero carbon future through the breadth of its capabilities and the knowledge and talent of its members.


Professor Stephen J Toope

Professor Stephen J Toope is the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University. He was Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and President, the University of British Columbia. A former Dean of Law, McGill University, Professor Toope was also Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.

He publishes in global journals on human rights, international dispute resolution, international environmental law, the use of force, and international legal theory, and has lectured at universities around the world.


Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero at the University of Cambridge and Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology. She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy and a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey.

Dr Shuckburgh leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER). Until April 2019 she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group at British Antarctic Survey.

In the past she has worked at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT. She is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and co-chair of their Climate Science Communications Group. She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.


Click here to register for the free event.

This event is a part of the Cambridge Alumni Festival.



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