Lovelock Centenary conference outputs
Global Systems Institute seminar series
The GSI have a regular seminar slot on Wednesday afternoons to host internal and external academic speakers (Usually 16.30 Laver LT6, Streatham campus).
Autumn Term 2019
- 25 September 2019 "Community led ecosystem restoration in Kenya" Tom Powell
- 9 October 2019 "Laying the Foundations of Climate Justice: Exploring the potential of human rights claims" Alice Venn
- 23 October 2019 "The Polar Express" Michelle McCrystal
- 30 October 2019 "Abrupt transitions in Earth system dynamics" Niklas Boers
- 6 November 2019 "The past and future of the human climate niche" Tim Lenton
- 20 November 2019 "The role of modelling in assessing climate and energy policy: Experience from using the E3ME model" Hector Pollitt
- 2 December 2019 "Science and economics of cumulative emissions accounting through simple models", Ashwin Seshadri, Assistant Professor at Divecha Centre for Climate Change & Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 10.30am, Building: One Kolade Teaching Room, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter
- 11 December 2019 Molly McKay, Principle at Willdan Financial and Economic Consulting Services in Washington DC and alumna of University of Exeter
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in speaking or have speaker suggestions.
TIST: An innovative afforestation program
Seminar, Monday 25th November, 10.30am IAIS Building LT2
TIST is an innovative afforestation program that is run by and for its participants, and currently has networks in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and India involving more than 100,000 farmers. It is probably the only program in the world through which subsistence farmers in developing countries can sell carbon credits to international companies. By growing trees farmers are also building more resilient livelihoods by producing animal fodder and fruit crops, rebuilding eroded soils and reducing damage to natural forests by growing their own firewood. TIST's social network and information sharing mechanisms are just as important as its ecological impacts, providing mutual support and learning for developing sustainable farming practices, and leadership opportunities, particularly for women. We have been developing work with TIST to understand the landscape scale impacts of TIST activities, the impacts on soil health of conservation farming approaches and to understand how the underlying social networks in the program might help its success. TIST have collected a huge amount of data over 20 years of operation, primarily on tree growth but also a variety of social and economic information and other sustainability indicators. They are particularly interested in our help in interpreting that data.
5 members of TIST-Kenya's leadership council are visiting us, with 3 people from their American partner Clean Air Action Corporation, who were involved in founding the network and work closely with the TIST networks to verify and sell their carbon credits. We will have a short presentation on how TIST works and its overall aims, followed by personal accounts of the impacts of the program from the 5 Kenyan TIST members with plenty of time for questions and discussion. This will be a great opportunity to hear first hand about the transformative power of a grass-roots network.
The 11th International Conference on Complex Networks (Complenet) is coming to the University of Exeter on 31 March-3 April 2020. Of interest to researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines working on areas related to complex networks. For more information visit the conference website.
Agile Rabbit is a platform that provides special events for the South-West and beyond to focus on ideas, global affairs and the natural and scientific world. Please see their website for more information and forthcoming events.