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What can a Taxi Driver from New York do for the Planet? Forty Years of Ecol...
Mon 13 June 2016, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
Mark Nelson's forty years as a pioneer in ecological systems and space life support science, along with his natural skills as raconteur-- promise an evening of memorable tales and hard-won understanding.
Whether appearing in a satellite broadcast to one billion people worldwide when exiting the storied Biosphere 2 mini-world’s 2-year experiment, persistently pick-axing invasive species from 5,000 acres in the Kimberley, or designing an ecological waste treatment system in the marshes of war-torn Iraq-- this evening of Nelson’s unique history as Chairman of Institute of Ecotechnics (www.ecotechnics.edu) will be a very special event.
Nelson was a member of the first team of “biospherians” 1991-93 inside Biosphere 2, in Arizona. He is associate editor of Life Sciences in Space Research and organises sessions at COSPAR and other space science conferences. In 1987, he was an organiser of the first international conference on closed systems, held at the Royal Society. His books include: Space Biospheres (with John Allen), Life Under Glass: the Inside Story of Biosphere 2, and The Wastewater Gardener: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time.
Nelson is also head of the Biospheric Design division of Global Ecotechnics Corporation (www.globalecotechnics.com) and founder of Wastewater Gardens International (www.wastewatergardens.com), which has brought ecological approaches to projects in more than fourteen countries worldwide. He works on reversing desertification in the Kimberley, Australia, and in New Mexico. He received his MSc at the University of Arizona’s School of Renewable Natural Resources, and his Ph. D. with the legendary co-founder of systems ecology and ecological engineering, H.T. Odum, at the University of Florida.
In 1993, Nelson was awarded the Yuri Gagarin Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to international cooperation in space and the environment by the Russian Cosmonautics Federation. He is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is also an international speaker and has appeared in numerous documentaries about ecological issues and biospherics. His scientific papers may be found here: www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Nelson9/publications.
Institute of Ecotechnics is a UK Charity, #1081259.
Please arrive at 6.00 pm for a 6.30 pm start.
Advance ticket holders entitled to 1 free glass of wine or 1 free soft drink at the bar.
*Please note that this event takes place on the 2nd floor of the gallery, accessible by stairs only.