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45th TB Macaulay Lecture: Valuing nature for transformation: innovations in policy, finance and practice around the world

The 45th TB Macaulay Lecture will be held on 10th September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).

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View last year’s lecture featuring Professor Johan Rockstrom.

Lecture Abstract: 

The Macaulay Development Trust is delighted to present the 45th TB Macaulay lecture which will be delivered by globally renowned environmental expert, Professor Gretchen C. Daily on 10th September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Presented in partnership with The James Hutton Institute; the event aims to connect scientific evidence with civic society around critical issues affecting land and people.

Professor Daily is co-founder and Faculty Director of the Stanford Natural Capital Project, Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University; and is also a member of the First Minister’s Environment Council in Scotland.

In her lecture, she will describe how important it is to understand human dependence on nature, from the material basics such as nutrition, health, climate security and economic security, to the more ethereal concepts of belonging, beauty, and spirit. She will argue that being able to access and action this understanding is crucial when it comes to making the necessary transformations in society and in taking the decisions required to secure the biosphere and our human future.

Speaking about the forthcoming lecture, Professor Daily said, “I am thrilled to be delivering this year’s TB Macaulay Lecture and to be sharing my research and experience working with decision-makers on the role of natural capital in transitioning towards a more sustainable economy and society. I have long been an admirer of Scotland’s reputation for public debate and willingness to learn from other countries when it comes to environmental issues and look forward to the lecture and ensuing discussion. I do hope you can join me.”

Joe Moore, Chair of the Macaulay Development Trust said, “Understanding our dependence on a thriving natural environment and our impact on it for good or ill is essential if we are to willingly embrace lifestyle change to protect it for our mutual welfare. We are truly fortunate to have Professor Gretchen Daily sharing her research findings with us on how we might better translate understanding into transformative action. I do hope you can join us.”

Professor Colin Campbell, CEO at The James Hutton Institute said, “Scotland’s natural capital is valued in the billions, and we need a collective approach between public, private and voluntary sector organisations to manage our natural environment in a sustainable way. Having a scientist with Gretchen’s reputation speak about their research is a huge coup for Scotland and I hope that as many people as possible will seize this opportunity to come along and learn more from this globally renowned speaker.”

The lecture will begin at 6pm, there will be a pre-lecture exhibition available to view from 5pm and all ticket holders will be invited to attend the post-lecture reception at 7.30pm.

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Speaker Details

Professor Gretchen C. Daily

Professor Gretchen C. Daily is the co-founder and Faculty Director of the Stanford Natural Capital Project, Bing Professor of Environmental Science; Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute; and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University.

She is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts, and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. She has received numerous international honors including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (2020), BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2019), Blue Planet Prize (2017), Volvo Environment Prize (2012), Midori Prize for Biodiversity (2010), and the International Cosmos Prize (2009).


Edinburgh International Conference Centre
150 Morrison Street
EH3 8EE Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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.