Keynote: Climate Change and how Universities can make a difference.

Keynote: Climate Change and how Universities can make a difference.

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Keynote session by Prof Judith Petts CBE

About this event

Professor Judith Petts CBE has led the development of a new set of climate commitments endorsed by 140 universities which support government aims to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035.

In this Keynote session, Prof Petts will discuss how Universities can make a difference to climate change by;

• advancing knowledge and delivering climate and sustainable development literacy and culture change

• managing their own operations and delivering institutional adaptation

• driving climate and sustainable development science and innovation,

• contributing to international collaboration and essential interdisciplinary research

• delivering and supporting local (including community), national, and international learning and action.

Please note that this session will be delivered via a Hyflex approach i.e. participants and/or facilitators can engage both online and face to face. Please refer to our Hyflex commitment.

Please only select a face to face ticket if you are sure you will be able to attend in person. Onsite tickets numbers will be limited due to social distancing requirements. The face to face session will take place in will take place in room Flex2 in 502 Teaching hub. Grid ref on campus map D6.

Presenter: Professor Judith Petts

Professor Judith Petts is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Plymouth, a post she has held since February 2016. She joined Plymouth from the University of Southampton where she had been Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise and previously the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (2010-13). Prior to this, she had spent 12 years at the University of Birmingham completing as Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Transfer (2007-10).

Over some 30 years, her research has particularly examined the interface between science and policy-making, and the effective use of evidence in decision-making. Currently she is a Director of the Heart of the South-West LEP and a Trustee of the Marine Biological Association. She is the UUK Commissioner on the Climate Commission for Higher and Further Education. Previous appointments have included as a member of the Council of BBSRC (2014-18); NERC's Innovation Board (2011-16); the Science Advisory Council of Defra (2011-16); Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (2006-11); the Council of NERC (2000-6); of EPSRC’s Societal Issues Panel and Strategic Advisory Network; the Royal Society’s Science in Society Consultative Committee; and the Advisory Board of Veolia Environmental Services.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year Honours, 2012, for services to Scientific Research.

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) attributes developed during this session are relevant to the following sub-domains:

Domain A: Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities

A1: Knowledge base

A2: Cognitive Abilities   

A3: Creativity    

Domain B: Personal Effectiveness

B1: Personal Qualities   

B2: Self-Management

B3: Professional and Career Development

Domain C: Research Governance and Organisation        

C1: Professional Conduct

C2: Research Management        

C3: Finance, Funding and Resources       

Domain D: Engagement, Influence and Impact

D1: Working with Others            

D2: Communication and Dissemination

D3: Engagement and Impact

Accessibility Adjustments and Alternative Format requests

If you require any accessibility reasonable adjustments or have any questions about this session, please contact the RSA at at least 7 days before the session date so that your requirements can be referred to the facilitator(s) who will make every effort to address them where possible.

Academy Researcher Development Inclusivity Statement

The Academy is committed to providing an environment which recognises and values people's differences, capitalises on the strengths that those differences bring to the institution and supports all staff and students in maximising their potential to succeed. In line with the Academy's firm commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, we offer all postdoctoral and research-related opportunities to develop and network irrespective of a researcher’s gender, ethnicity, age, self-identification, disability, religious affiliation, or any other criteria used to separate and define.

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