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Free sustainability webinars

Watch our free sustainability webinars. They cover a range of cutting edge sustainability work, including soil, water, biodiversity, transport and housing.

Every year the Grantham Scholars put on a series of free sustainability webinars. Many of these are now online. So we have a brilliant YouTube playlist showcasing our peoples’ passion and expertise. Click on the video below to start the playlist.

Or keep reading for more information about individual webinars.


Festival of Debate 2022: rewilding, water and corrosion

Festival of Debate is the largest annual politics festival in the UK, taking place every spring across South Yorkshire.

For FOD2022 Grantham Scholars organised a series of events on sustainability.

Water For Everyone: Sustainability & Importance

When the SDGs were established, SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation was a base goal.

In order to explain why, our expert panel share knowledge from different fields to do with water.

Plus they discuss the challenges and opportunities of SDG 6.

Organised by Grantham Scholars Jiangtian Tan, Amal Sarfraz, Tete’ Mausse, Veysel Yildiz and Zongting Cai.


Rewilding: Plant it and They Will Come

Rewilding is a key tool against biodiversity loss.

But what is the best way to restore natural habitats? And what effect does reintroducing animals have? How do we combat invasive species?

And if we want rewilding, what policy and economic tools can incentivise it?

Watch an expert panel introduce and argue points around rewilding.

Organised by Grantham Scholars Ella Ruth Challen Hubbard, Simone Farris, Benedict Smith, Hannah Ronan-Brown and Jenny Hughes.


Corrosion: The 2.5 Trillion Dollar Problem

Corrosion of materials used in buildings, engineering projects and machinery can be dangerous. For example, corrosion caused the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Plus it causes a huge consumption of natural resources.

However, by understanding the causes of corrosion, steps can be taken to combat it.

Watch an expert panel discuss corrosion.

Organised by Grantham Scholars Derick Liew, Bettina Zenz and Francis Gurman.


Free sustainability webinars 2021: soil health, fast fashion, bikes & more

Featuring experts from around the world with a range of knowledge, 2021s webinars explore the cutting edge of sustainability.

Biking back to work: Progress towards cycle access for everyone

What are the barriers that different groups face to cycling to work? And what steps can be taken to address them?

Speakers: Darren Hardwick (Sustainable Travel Manager at the University of Sheffield).

Also, Pete Zanzottera (Active Travel Project Director for the Sheffield City Region). And Matt Cox and Beth Grylls (Birmingham Bike Foundry).

Grantham Scholars Peter Tuckett and Remy Veness organised this event.

How can we enable sustainable innovation in the UK housing supply?

This webinar will explores innovation in housing provision. Topics covered include community-led housing, finances and carbon in construction.

Speakers include  Claude Hendrickson (a community led housing adviser across Leeds and West Yorkshire). Also, Tim Crabtree (Raise the Roof). With them is Kat Quigley (Nationwide Building Society).

Organised by: Charles Gillott, Philippa Hughes, Will Mihkelson, and Abraham Mariech

Practical Organic Growing: Beyond not using chemicals

Join Anton Rosenfeld from Garden Organic to learn about growing organically.

Organic growing considers not just the plant you are growing, but also how it interacts with the soil, surroundings and the wider environment.

This event was organised by Jana Green and the Grantham Centre’s Green Impact SHEFF-Yield team.

What lies beneath? The hidden world in soil that feeds our planet

At this event, we’ll hear from a range of experts about the importance of soil biodiversity and its role in food security. Our speakers work across the globe on research, policy and implementation. They’ll cover the latest research, including how soil biodiversity-friendly agricultural techniques are already being used successfully.

Speakers include Rosa Cuevas Corona (FAO Global Soil Partnership). Joining her is Dr Sunita Sangar (Independent Research Consultant). Finally, Zachary Barton (Kamala Foundation).

If you want to find out about the Grantham Scholars who organised this event, then follow the links to their project pages. Mary Eliza, Oscar Morton, Dharma Sapkota, Jocelyn Sze, and Mengyuan Qian

Fast Fashion: Global Icon, Climate Killer

At this event we will focus on the climate impact of the fast fashion industry, the market value of which was $36 billion in 2019. Over 1 million tonnes of textiles and clothing are discarded annually, 70% of which end up in landfill when more than half is still reusable. Because of the size of the industry and the scope of its impact on sustainability, it is necessary to engage in proactive and meaningful conversation about this problem.

Speakers: Prof Sandy Black (University of the Arts London and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion). Also Dr Mark Sumner o(University of Leeds) who has extensive industrial experience.

More free sustainability webinars

If you want to find webinars we put on in 2016 on clean energy and climate activism then look here.

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