26 October 2018: Annual Symposium & keynote lecture by Gerda Verburg

Posted on September 17, 2018 in Events by . Share this article

*Please note that the event is open to The University of Sheffield students and staff only. You have to register separately for the Symposium and lecture (different ticket types available at registration stage). The whole event now takes place at INOX Dine, Level 5, Students’ Union Building, Durham Road, Sheffield S10 2TG.*

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The Symposium will showcase multidisciplinary sustainability research across every faculty. This will give researchers across the University of Sheffield the chance to network with Grantham Scholars and supervisors. Academics, researchers, research-related staff and postgraduate students are all welcome. Registration desk will be open from 9.00am until 9.30am.

‘Sustainable Development Goals’ are the theme of the Symposium this year and we are excited to confirm that our keynote lecture entitled ‘Using science to drive collaboration and impact across the Sustainable Development Goals’ will be delivered by the UN Assistant Secretary General and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator, Gerda Verburg. This part of the event starts at 4.30pm and will be preceded by refreshments.

Gerda Verburg from the Netherlands was appointed the Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement by the UN Secretary General in August 2016. She has extensive and broad experience from the fields of politics and international cooperation. Following her appointment as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands in 2007, she was in 2008 elected as Chair of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 17). From 2011, she served as Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture in Rome (FAO, WFP and IFAD). In 2013, she was elected as Chair of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS). In 2014 she was appointed as Chair of the Agenda Council for Food & Nutrition of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

We are excited to announce that our speakers also include:
James Bezzina – Chemical and Biological Engineering
Roger Doonan – Archaeology
Isabel Douterelo – Civil and Structural Engineering
Joe Llanos – Animal and Plant Sciences
Gloria Mensah – Politics
Gavin Milligan – William Jackson Food Group
Vanessa Speight – Civil and Structural Engineering
Shankar Venkateswaran- formerly Tata Sustainability Group

Full programme is available below: