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41st T B Macaulay Lecture - The challenge of sustainable development: from global UN policy to local community survival in the face of climate change

The 41st TB Macaulay Lecture focussed on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Professor McGlade discussed the lives and experiences of those facing the day-to-day challenges associated with climate change. She also shared insights from her work in Kenya, and drew on her experience at the UN, sharing lessons learned during the development and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as their practical impact.

Speaker Details

Professor Jacqueline McGlade, former UN Chief Scientist and Director of the UN Environmental Programme
Professor Jacqueline McGlade

Professor Jacqueline McGlade is a British-born Canadian marine biologist and environmental informatics professor whose work on open access information, citizen science and big data has transformed the way many of the institutions to which she is affiliated access and share information.

As former Chief Scientist at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she was also the Director of the Division for Early Warning and Assessment, Prof. McGlade's work at UNEP focused on keeping the state of the environment under review through live open data monitoring with focus on air pollution, climate change, health and the development of the UN Sustainable Development Goals' environmental indicators.

You can watch a video recording of the 41st TB Macaulay Lecture here:


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About the Lecture

Dr Thomas Bassett MacaulayThe annual T.B. Macaulay Lecture is held to honour the vision of Dr Thomas Bassett Macaulay, President and Chairman of the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, whose benefaction founded the original Macaulay Institute for Soil Research in 1930. He was a descendant of the Macaulays from the Island of Lewis and his aim was to improve the productivity of Scottish agriculture. This vision continues today in its successor the James Hutton Institute, a world leader in land, crop, water, environmental and socio-economic science.