Join our free sustainability webinars. Put on by the Grantham Scholars every year, they cover cutting edge sustainability issues, including agriculture, construction, water and transport.
Every year the Grantham Scholars put on a series of free sustainability events with Festival of Debate (the largest annual politics festival in the UK).
Here you can find out about each event and links to get your free tickets or watch recordings of our events.
Keep reading to find links to videos of previous events.
For 2023 the Grantham Scholars have created a series of online events with Festival of Debate.
May 2, 13:00 – 14:30 BST. Online. Watch recording here
A discussion from different viewpoints and knowledge levels about what needs to change in our current way of working with the land.
The focus of the discussion was how advancements in science and technology can contribute to the shape of modern global agriculture and integrate with traditional farming approaches.
Organised by: Gareth Owen, Anajoyce Katabalwa, Ghada Sasi, Sophia van Mourik, Charlotte Curry, Toby Evans.
May 10, 11:30 – 13:00 BST. Online. Watch recording here
Denser cities and reduction in urban sprawl can have a positive impact on carbon emissions – due to a more efficient use of existing infrastructure and reduction in private car use.
However, does increasing urban density provide a good quality of life? Is this strategy socially sustainable? The event looked at these questions and more with a diverse panel of experts from industry and academia.
Organised by: Abhishek Bhutoria, Mahdi Divandari, Omid Ebrahimbaysalami, Zeyi Jiang, Danielle Abbey.
May 16, 14:00 – 15:30 BST. Online. Watch recording here
It is estimated that globally we build the equivalent of a city the size of Paris every single week.
And currently the construction industry is responsible for almost 40% of global carbon emissions. Of this, 70% is from energy consumption and the remainder from construction materials. The strive for net-zero emissions requires these emissions to fall by 50% by 2030.
Experts in construction from industry and academia highlighted the priorities and challenges for decarbonising infrastructure at this event.
Organised by: Madeline Rihner, Natasha Mohamad, Kyle O’Donoghue, Ella Cliff, Tom Cowley.
May 18, 17:00 – 18:00 BST. Online. Watch recording here
The creation of urban greenspaces is in conflict with other land uses.
But with an increasing urban population they are seen by many as being necessary for mental and physical health, as well as supporting biodiversity. Are urban greenspaces a good use of limited land space? And do the services they provide outweigh the need for more housing?
The event brought together a panel of cross disciplinary speakers, whose work focuses on the multiple benefits of greenspaces to people.
Organised by: Raoul Blackman, Bethany Leake, Tom Siddall, Miles Bate-Weldon, Hanyu Qi.
In 2022 the Grantham Scholars created events on water, rewilding and corrosion. Here you can find out about each event, and links to the videos on YouTube.
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: Jiangtian Tan, Amal Sarfraz, Tete’ Mausse, Veysel Yildiz and Zongting Cai.
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: Ella Ruth Challen Hubbard, Simone Farris, Benedict Smith, Hannah Ronan-Brown and Jenny Hughes.
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: Derick Liew, Bettina Zenz and Francis Gurman.
Featuring experts from around the world, 2021’s webinars explore the cutting edge of sustainability. Here you can find out a bit more about each event and links to the videos on YouTube.
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.
This webinar explores innovation in housing provision. Topics covered include community-led housing, finances and carbon in construction.
Speakers: 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
Join Anton Rosenfeld from Garden Organic to learn about organic growing.
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.
At this event, we 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 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).
Organised by: Mary Eliza, Oscar Morton, Dharma Sapkota, Jocelyn Sze, and Mengyuan Qian
At this event we 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. 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 (University of Leeds) who has extensive industrial experience.
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