A new think-tank is being launched at the University of Leicester bringing together expertise from different disciplines in order to tackle climate change and other environmental issues.
The Centre for Environmental Research (CERES) will provide access to world-class research into the way people affect the environment and how environmental change in turn affects the way we live.
Its formal launch on 18 October will occur during the University’s Big Green Week from 15-19 October 2007 and will feature a mini-conference, on 17 October, on Climate Change.
The conference aims to introduce University staff and students to the complex web of environmental issues and to present some case studies involving interdisciplinary approaches. The Centre will be led by two Co-directors with a physical and social sciences background: Professor Heiko Balzter and Dr. Jenny Pickerill.
The CERES launch events offer a window onto the rich diversity of environmental research at Leicester. One of the aims of the Centre, as Professor Balzter states, is “to provide a mechanism for bringing together research on human dimensions of environmental change in the Faculty of Social Sciences with expertise in biophysical and biogeochemical processes in the Faculty of Science”.
The Centre will set up a web site in the autumn, which will facilitate access to the broad environmental research expertise. Government agencies, companies and prospective and current students with environmental interests will be able to use the web site as a one-stop shop for finding out about researchers and their environmental research projects from all disciplines, research groups and smaller environmental research centres.
The Centre for Environmental Research will also be welcoming an invited keynote speaker, Professor David Western, chairman of the African Conservation Centre, Nairobi. Professor Western, an honorary graduate of the University of Leicester, will deliver a talk on the future of the African Savannas at the Centre’s formal launch event.
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