UN Coordinator Gerda Verburg visits the Grantham Centre

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were the theme of this year’s Annual Symposium. These goals are also central to our research agenda.

UN Coordinator Gerda Verburg delivered the key note lecture. This was entitled, ‘Using science to drive collaboration and impact across the Sustainable Development Goals’.

It was an inspiring lecture. Verburg encouraged Grantham Scholars “to go the extra mile, shoulder to shoulder. You must bring the solutions to scale. Because research on the shelf is wasted, it needs to be implemented. Real impact is of crucial importance.’

Gerda Verburg is UN Assistant Secretary General and Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. For this organisation, she works with 56 country governments that lead the SUN movement, united with UN agencies, civil society, business and donors. They are in a common mission to defeat malnutrition in all its forms.

Find out more about SDGs and the Grantham Centre here

Other speakers included:

James Bezzina – Chemical and Biological Engineering
Roger Doonan – Archaeology
Isabel Douterelo – Civil and Structural Engineering
Anna Krzywoszynska – Geography
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