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La Nuit des Idées : Together for the planet

Thursday 28 January 17:00-18:00




The pandemic underlines, even more, the emergency of the environmental crisis. It also questions our ability to come together in moments of need. How can we bring people together to build a better future, sustainable and balanced? How do today’s initiatives pave the way?




About Dr Emma Woodham: After completing her PhD in Cancer Research at Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in 2016, Emma moved to Glasgow Science Centre and gained experience in creating a delivering informative and relevant STEM engagement experience. Laterally, Emma moved on to manage the Science Learning team and has now taken up the role of Climate Change Programme Manager. She is working with key stakeholders to build a Climate Change Engagement programme to coincide with COP26, as well as securing a public engagement legacy from the conference.

About Glasgow Science Centre: Glasgow Science Centre is an educational charity that inspires and motivates people to engage with science. Their vision is a Scotland where all people feel empowered through learning and engagement with science to make positive differences in their lives, their communities and to society as a whole. They want to inspire everyone to explore and understand the world around them and to discover and enjoy science.

www.glasgowsciencecentre.org

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About Emily Benson: Emily Benson is the Director for Engagement for the Green Economy Coalition (GEC), the world’s largest alliance of organisations committed to accelerating the transition to green, fair economies. Her mission is to make the green transition feel irresistible. She leads on developing the narratives and stories for the GEC and it’s 50+ members around the opportunities of a green economy people as well as nature. She works across the major themes of a green economy transition including financial system reform; tackling inequality; valuing nature; economic sector reform and governance. Emily is also a Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) focusing on the social dimensions of green growth. Before deciding to save the planet, Emily was a television producer, making arts and factual documentaries for mainstream broadcast.

About Green Economy Coalition: The world’s largest alliance inspiring a transition to green and fair economies. They inspire a movement for change from the ground up. They are excited about the opportunities that a green economy offers everyone and insist that this transition benefits people and that it is guided by ecological limits. They are a new type of institution that wires together multiple organisations into shared positions and collective action.

www.greeneconomycoalition.org

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About Tessa Brock: Tessa Brock is the Global Ecovillage Network Ambassador Coordinator and a GEN Trainer. She has been a trainer in multiple transnational projects through the years, on the topics of social entrepreneurship, sustainable development, community building and ecovillage transition. Born in South Africa, during the final years of Apartheid, Tessa grew up well aware of collective trauma, social inequality and knowing the importance of community in healing people and nations. She now strives to showcase the importance of ecovillages in the world and how they can be a very practical but also appropriate solution to many global issues. Tessa has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development (Major in Renewable Energy). She’s travelled extensively in the last 5 years, visiting, training and learning in ecovillages internationally, and has been based in the Findhorn Ecovillage for the last 4 years.

About Global Ecovillage Network (GEN): GEN is a growing network of regenerative communities and initiatives that bridge cultures, countries, and continents. GEN builds bridges between policy-makers, governments, NGOs, academics, entrepreneurs, activists, community networks and ecologically-minded individuals across the globe in order to develop strategies for a global transition to resilient communities and cultures. An ecovillage is an intentional, traditional or urban community that is consciously designing its pathway through locally owned, participatory processes, and aims to address the Ecovillage Principles in the 4 Areas of Regeneration (social, culture, ecology, economy into a whole systems design). Ecovillages are living laboratories pioneering beautiful alternatives and innovative solutions. They are rural or urban settlements with vibrant social structures, vastly diverse, yet united in their actions towards low-impact, high-quality lifestyles. The network is made up of approximately 10,000 communities across the world and related projects where people are living together in greater ecological harmony.

www.ecovillage.org

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About Guillaume Latombe: Dr Guillaume Latombe is a Lecturer in Environmental Change Biology at the University of Edinburgh. He studies how different mechanisms interact to structure biodiversity in space and time, and the mechanisms leading to biological invasions and their relationships with biodiversity. Being originally trained as an Engineer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Électriciens de Grenoble (ENSIEG), France, and having a Masters in machine learning from the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal, Canada, he addresses ecological questions using mathematical and computer models. Following a year studying primates’ behaviours and cognition at the University of Barcelona, he decided to pursue an academic career in ecology, and obtained his PhD from the University of Montreal on the modelling of the effects of forestry activities on predator-prey interactions in Boreal forest. Before moving to Edinburgh in 2020, Guillaume has been a postdoctoral researcher at Monash University, Australia, in the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and at the University of Vienna, Austria. He is a collaborator on the AlienScenarios project, coordinated by the University of Vienna. This project is developing scenarios of biological invasions for the 21st century, to harmonise them with existing scenarios on climate and land use change, and better forecast future ecological changes.

Twitter @GLatombe

guillaumelatombe.wordpress.com

AlienScenarios website

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