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Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture

The good, the bad and the unexpected of interdisciplinary endeavour

This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture will be given by Dr Nicola Beaumont from Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Event details

Valuing Nature requires research that brings together a variety of disciplines, as recognised by the Valuing Nature Programme. However, the benefits, downfalls and challenges of interdisciplinary working are not always clear and often understated.

The VNP funded CoastWEB project brought together 8 different disciplines, coupled with a varied stakeholder network, to research the values and wellbeing benefits of saltmarshes, with an aim of providing tangible and useful outcomes. This interdisciplinary approach proved interesting, frustrating, challenging and rewarding. In this seminar the CoastWEB experience is shared including the unique research findings, the interdisciplinary processes used, lessons learned, and recommendations for the future.

Professor Nicola Beaumont has more than 20 years’ experience working at the interface between natural sciences and socio-economics, including extensive project and people management experience. Nicola specialises in the quantification and valuation of marine and coastal ecosystem services, and translating complex natural science into terms which are meaningful in a social and economic context.

She has experience across a variety of scales from local county councils to European and Global levels, and to a variety of marine management issues, including: renewable energy, ocean acidification, and marine planning and policy.

The 45 minute lecture will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session chaired by Professor Michael Winter with Brett Day (University of Exeter), Katrina Davis (University of Exeter) and Ece Ozdemiroglu (eftec).

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XFI Henderson Lecture Theatre