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"I really enjoyed it. It is great to see a place with such broad interdisciplianry reach, aimed at addressing today's challenges in environmental sustainabiltiy. And in such an mamazing location too!"

Professor Rich Fuller, University of Queensland

Our seminars

We host regular midweek seminars - usually on Wednesday, 1:00pm - to which everyone is invited.

Our idea is for these seminars to be led by a range of people, as broad as the scope of our work at the ESI. We will regularly update this page with new dates and talks, so please come back to find out more about the seminars (where applicable please find the links to summaries for the presentations) and our speakers from a wide range inside and outside academia.


2017 Seminars - Summer Term


Extra Seminar jointly hosted with Exeter Business School, Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 2:00-3:30pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Professor Scott Prudham, Professor at the University of Toronto's Department of Geography & Program in Planning and Centre for Environment, will talk about 'Midi Rouge or Midi Vert? Organic Wine, Metabolism, and Social Reproduction in Languedoc-Roussillon' - please do come and talk with Scott after the seminar. Host: Steffen Boehm (Exeter Business School).


Wednesday 3rd May 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Eric Dickson, Associate Professor of Politics and Psychology at New York University's Wilf Family Department of Politics, will talk about 'Art, Research, and How they Inform Each Other' - please do come and talk to Eric after the seminar. Host: Joanie Willett.


Wednesday 17th May 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Steve Chapman, Managing Director of SC Nutrition Limited, Truro, will talk about 'The Modern Dairy Industry and It’s Challenges to Farmer and Cow' - please do come and talk to Steve after the seminar. Host: Tapas Mallick.


Extra Seminar: Friday 19th May 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will talk about 'Rural lighting through Solar PV – A supply-side analysis of home lighting systems in Karnataka, India' - please do come and talk to Hippu after the seminar. Host: Tapas Mallick.


Wednesday 24th May 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Michael Sweet, Lecturer in Invertebrate Biology at the University of Derby, will talk about 'Introducing the coral holobiont and exploring the role microbes play in coral health and disease' - please do come and talk with Michael after the seminar. Host: Rachel Turner.


Wednesday 31st May 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Edze Westra, NERC Senior Research Fellow at the ESI, will give a talk on 'Evolutionary ecology of bacterial immune mechanisms' - please do come and talk with Edze after the seminar.


Extra Seminar jointly hosted with Exeter Business School, Tuesday 6th June 2017, 2:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Prof Juliane Reinecke, Professor of Organisation Studies at the Warwick Business School, Univeristy of Warwick, will give a talk on 'Experimental institution building: How innovative governance emerged in response to Rana Plaza'. Please do come and talk to Juliane after the seminar.


Wednesday 14th June 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Richard Smithers, Principal Consultant for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services at Ricardo Energy & Environment, will talk about 'Challenges for assessment and practical application of cultural ecosystem services in decision making' - please do come and talk with Richard after the seminar. Host: Grace Twiston-Davies.



2016/17 Seminars


Wednesday 5 October, 2016, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Professor Rob Beardmore, EPSRC Fellow and Professor in Mathematical Biosciences at Streatham Campus, Exeter, will talk about 'Laboratory Practice & Mathematical Theory of Antibiotic Resistance - relevance to the clinic?' - please do come and meet Rob after the talk. Host: Stuart Townley.


Extra Seminar joint with the Exeter Business School
- Monday 10th October, 2016, 10:30am, Trevithick Room, ESI

Professor Markus J. Milne, Professor in Accounting at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, will talk about 'Accounts of Nature and the Nature of Accounts' - please do come and meet Markus after the seminar. Host: Steffen Boehm (Business School).


Wednesday 12th October, 2016, 2:15pm, Trevithick Room, ESI (please note the changed time)

Dr Rich Fuller, A/Prof. in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Queensland, Australia, will talk about 'Conserving mobile species' - please do come and meet Rich after the seminar. Host: Kevin Gaston.


Wednesday 19th October, 2016, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Professor James Bullock, Professor in Ecology at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, will talk about 'Population spread and the velocity of climate change' ‌- please do come and meet James after the seminar. Host: Juliet Osborne/Kevin Gaston.


Wednesday 26th October, 2016, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Professor Dave Raffaelli, Professor in Environment at the University of York, will talk about 'Rewilding: sound ecology or popular movement?' - please do come and meet Dave after the seminar. Host: Kevin Gaston.


Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Steven White, Theoretical Ecologist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, will talk about 'Predicting species spread in heterogeneous landscapes' - please do come and meet Steven after the seminar. Host: Markus Mueller.


Wednesday 9th November 2016, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Karen Scott, Senior Lecturer in Politics, recently appointed to the ESI, will talk about 'Zombi Neoliberalism or a Zero Carbon Life?' ‌- please do come and welcome Karen to the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus.


Wednesday 16th November 2016, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Amber Griffiths and Dave Griffiths of FoAM Kernow join Dr Karen Anderson and Dr Stefano Casalegno, both at the ESI, to present ideas on 'Playing with voxels: a 3d journey through urban green space forms' - please do come and talk with Amber, Dave, Karen and Stefano after the seminar.


Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Steve Votier, Senior Lecturer in The Natural Environment at the ESI, will talk about '11 years on a guano-covered rock in the middle of the sea: What seabirds can tell us about the marine environment' - please do come and talk with Steve after the seminar.


Wednesday 30th November 2016, 1:00pm, DDM Lecture A

Rob Ogden, Director of TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network, will talk about 'Wildlife DNA Forensics: Genetic analysis for conservation law enforcement- please do come and meet Rob after the seminar. Host: Chris Bryan.


Wednesday 7th December 2016, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Professor Robbie McDonald, Professor in Natural Environment at the ESI, will talk about 'Tackling the Reservoir Dogs: Eradicating Guinea worm' - please do come and talk with Robbie after the seminar.


Thursday 12th January 2017, 3:30 - 5:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Professor Beate Sjafjell, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, will give a talk on 'The role of law in integrating planetary boundaries into the circular economy'.  Host: The Business School & the ESI - please see David Monciardini if you have any questions beforehand.


Wednesday 18th January, 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Professor Brett Day, Professor of Environmental Economics, Director of the Land, Environment, Economic and Politics Institute (LEEP) is going to talk about 'The recreational value of the outdoors' - please do come and discuss the talk with Rob after. Host: Karen Scott & Kevin Gaston.


Wednesday 1st February, 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Angela Cassidy, Lecturer at LEEP, is going to talk on 'Contesting british badgers and bovine TB since c.1965: implications for reserach and policy' - please do come and meet Angela after the seminar Host: Robbie McDonald.


Wednesday 15th  February, 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Parag Acharya, Research Manager, Unilever, will give his talk: 'War on Waste - Challenges & Opportunities of Food Waste' - please do come and meet Parag after the seminar. Host: Tapas Mallick.


Wednesday 22 February 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Simone Schopf, Environmental Microbiologist from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, will give a talk 'Bioleaching for the winning of strategic elements – an academic view' - please do come and meet Simone after the seminar. The seminar is a jointly hosted by CSM and ESI. Host: Chris Bryan.


Wednesday 8th March 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Edvard Glücksman, Senior Environmental and Social Specialist at Wardell Armstrong LLP, will talk about 'Interdisciplinary approaches guide responsible mining in emerging economies' - please do come and meet Ed after the seminar. Host: Gail Eastaugh.


Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Beatrice Crona*, Associate Professor at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden, will talk about 'Governance in the context of ocean acidification: Global challenges and multi-level solutions' - please do come and meet Bea after the seminar. Host: Tom Chaigneau.


Wednesday 29th March 2017, 1:00pm, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Tim Daw*, researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden, will give a talk on 'Do the poor benefit more, from nature? Evidence on the relationship between ecosystem services, poverty and wellbeing in coastal Kenya and Mozambique' - please do come and talk with Tim after the seminar. Host: Tom Chaigneau.

*Beatrice and Tim are visiting Tom Chaigneau and the ESI from 16 March until 9 April 2017. Please contact Tom if you are interested in meeting them but are unable to attend the seminars.



2015/16 Seminars


Tuesday 21 June, 2016, 10:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

In a joint event with the University's Business School, Dr Giovanna Michelon will talk about Fighting Pollinator Extinction: An Examination of the Corporate Response to the US Pollinator Decline Policy. Please note the earlier start time for this seminar.


Monday 6 June, 2016, 2:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

Paolo Rapisarda, University of Southampton, will talk on 'Switched Linear Differential Systems: an introduction', work he conducts in collaboration with Prof. J.C. Mayo-Maldonado, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.


Monday 23 May, 2016, 12:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

Prof Ian Bateman OBE, FRSA, FSB, Professor & Director of the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment on the Streatham Campus, will talk about 'Developing Decision Support Tools to Bring the Natural Environment into Economic Decision-Making'.


Wednesday 27 April, 2016, 1:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

Commodore Steve Jermy RN, CMarTech FNI FIMarEST, Chartered Marine Technologist, will give a talk called 'Perfect Storm: Understanding the Structure of our Strategic Future'.


Wednesday 20 April, 2016, 1:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Timothée Cook, University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris), will talk about 'Heat-stress in endotherms: an under-estimated effect of climate change?'.


Thursday 17 March, 2016, 11:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

Prof Alok Kanti Deb, Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, will talk about 'Robo Soccer - a Real time Application of Computational Intelligence'.


Wednesday 9 March, 2016, 1:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

Professor Alan Champneys, Professor of Applied Nonlinear Mathematics at the University of Bristol, will talk about 'Bistability and the theory of life, rainforests and (almost) everything'.


Wednesday 2 March, 2016, 1:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

Centre for Smart Design – a team of Smart Design staff from Falmouth University will talk about 'New Product Development Opportunities – Research Equipment for Onsite & Field Studies'. You can read a PDF of the Smart Team's presentation and listen to the session's Q&A.

(Please note, not all questions are audible, but the answers are, and should be helpful and informative regardless.)


Wednesday 17 February, 2016, 1:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

We're delighted to announce that our new Senior Lecturer in Social Science and the Environment, Christopher Raymond, will give a presentation on 'New approaches for understanding and valuing human-environment relationships in an era of rapid environmental change'.


Wednesday 10 February, 2016, 1:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

Dr Elsbeth Elaine van der Vaart, from the University of Reading, will talk about 'Calibrating Individual-Based models (IBMs) using Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC)'.


Wednesday 20 January, 2016, 1:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

Janet Lister, Wildlife & Countryside Adviser, National Trust South West Region.

'Recreating wildflower-rich grassland on National Trust land'


Wednesday 16 December, 1:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

Morgan Phillips, Education Manager at Keep Britain Tidy. 'Don’t mention the environment'


Monday 9 November, 3:00, Trevithick Room, ESI

Prof Chris Budd (OBE), from the University of Bath. 'Climate Change - Does it all add up?'