UN Coordinator Gerda Verburg visits the Grantham Centre

The Grantham Centre Annual Symposium was organised around the theme of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are also key to the new Grantham research agenda.

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

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

Gerda gave an inspiring talk, asking Grantham Scholars to, “go the extra mile, shoulder to shoulder, and bring the solutions to scale. Research on the shelf is a research wasted, it needs to be implemented. Real impact is of crucial importance.’

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