Climate, Oceans and Coastal Communities Conference (FREE event)

Thursday 10th October 2019 – 17.30 hours to 20.30 hours – Huxley Foyer and H300

Organised by: United Nations Association (London and South East), Centre for Aquatic Environments (University of Brighton) and Sussex Wildlife Trust 






The Paris Agreement, convened by the United Nations, marked a decisive global and historic event by calling for all governments to keep global temperature rise as close as possible to 1.5 C and therefore calling for a drastic reduction of greenhouse emissions.   However, global warming and Climate Change keep having disastrous consequences around the World and more is needed, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  In October 2018 the IPCC released a special report that highlighted the importance of limiting global warming to 1.5 C in order to prevent some of the worst-case scenarios.  The report was clear that greenhouse gas emissions need to come down by 45 per cent by 2030 and reach zero emissions by 2050 to keep the crucial target.


This important Conference on Climate, Oceans and Coastal Communities aims to help understanding the environmental, economic and social consequences of global warming and climate change among coastal communities, at global and local level. We will have experts in the fields of the Environment, Social Sciences and Economics, providing analysis, sharing their perspectives and offering crucial potential solutions, encompassing a holistic approach to climate action. The Programme will allow for the audience to raise questions to the Panellists in order to engage with the different topics.


We will aim to strengthen existing and new Climate Action Networks, enabling potential coordinated regional actions in our Coastal Communities.


The Conference will also include a networking session, wine and nibbles.


17.30       Registration and networking – Huxley Foyer
18.00       Opening of Conference – Huxley 300
Professor Chris Joyce
Rt Hon Stephen Lloyd MP
18.10       Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Church – Huxley 300
18.30       Film – Dr Corina Ciocan (including introduction) Huxley 300
18.45       Networking and nibbles – Huxley Foyer
19.30       Sussex Wildlife Trust film – Huxley 300
19.35       Keynote speaker: Dr Adriana Ford – Huxley 300
19.55       Panel discussion (4 panellists) – Huxley 300
20.30       End of conference

Keynote Speakers:




Professor Andrew Church, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)
University of Brighton

Professor Andrew Church is the Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Brighton. He is also Professor of Human Geography focusing on human-nature relations and especially water and cultural ecosystem services. Andrew works on international collaborative research projects and was a Coordinating Lead Author on the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

“How we damage nature and what we might do about it”

Since 2000 a number of major assessments of the state of the global environment have been undertaken by The United Nations. The latest assessment has focused on identifying recent changes in biodiversity and has revealed some major declines in a whole range of marine and terrestrial species. Climate change has been at the heart of these assessments that reveal how society is dependent on the benefits we get from nature whilst at the same time human activity is rapidly degrading key parts of the natural environment on which we depend. This lecture will outline the findings of the latest UN assessments completed by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2018 and 2019. It will consider what politicians, business and all of us might do to limit the damaging impacts of human society on nature.



Dr Adriana Ford
Centre Manager, Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society
Imperial College London/King’s College London


Adriana is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist and project manager who has worked on a variety of environmental issues, including fisheries and coastal communities, wetlands, invasive species, ecosystem services, environment and health, and community-based environmental management. In 2019 she joined Imperial College and King’s College to manage their new wildfires research centre. Prior to this, Adriana was coordinator of the Greenwich Maritime Centre at the University of Greenwich, and worked with Natural England and the Marine Conservation Society on the Living Coast project. She maintains a strong interest in marine social sciences and is on the committee of the RGS Coastal and Marine Research Group.

“Climate Change, the consequences for the Blue Economy ”

Dr Ford will discuss the above as her keynote presentation.

Stephen Anthony Christopher Lloyd (born 15 June 1957) is a British politician and current MP for the constituency of Eastbourne. He was elected as a Liberal Democrat. On 6 December 2018, Lloyd resigned the Liberal Democrat whip as his party’s position on Brexit was inconsistent with his pledge to his constituency that he would “respect the result” of the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum. Lloyd now sits in the House of Commons as an Independent, but remains a member of the Liberal Democrats party.

Born in Kenya, Lloyd was privately educated in Surrey, before working first as a commodity broker and then in business development roles. He moved to Eastbourne to launch a political career, becoming the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate and then MP for the town.

First elected in the 2010 general election, he served for all five years of the 2010–2015 UK parliament and supported the Cameron–Clegg coalition. Having lost his seat in the 2015 general election, Lloyd went on to regain it in 2017 and served as the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on matters concerning the Department for Work and Pensions.




We are very pleased that RS Aqua have agreed to sponsor our conference.   If you would like to become a sponsor please e-mail for further details.

Please register to attend the conference here

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