A discussion on science-policy interfaces with Sir Robert Watson

I am honoured to announce that on May 29th, starting from 8am EDT, I will moderate a webinar with Professor Sir Robert (Bob) Watson CMG FRS on the role of science-policy interfaces in the areas of biodiversity and climate change.

An atmospheric chemist by formation, Sir Bob Watson is rightly recognised as one of the most influential environmental scientists of the last few decades and is perhaps the world’s leading expert on the role of scientific assessments in environmental decision-making, having chaired both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Over the years, he has also led a range of other iconic initiatives, including the UNEP’s Global Biodiversity Assessment, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and several international scientific assessments of stratospheric ozone depletion. Throughout this time, he has held key positions at institutions including the UK Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the World Bank, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House.

For his outstanding achievements, Sir Bob Watson was knighted in 2003 and has later received international awards and prizes including the Asahi Glass Blue Planet Prize and the UN Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation.

The webinar is hosted by SDSN Youth, the global youth initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, and is part of the SDSN Youth Live! Webinar Series. I would like to thank the organisers for the prestigious opportunity that they offered me, and I look forward to chairing the discussion with Sir Bob Watson on May 29th.

The event will be livestreamed on SDSN Youth’s Facebook page.

Until May 26th, it will be possible to send questions for Sir Bob Watson at this link.

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