Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope in conversation with Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope in conversation with Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope in conversation with Dr Emily Shuckburgh
Saturday 26 September 2020, 4.00pm to 5.00pm BST
Past event
Past event
Saturday 26 September 2020, 4.00pm to 5.00pm BST
  • Sir David Attenborough
Cambridge Zero: Addressing the challenge of climate change
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Cambridge Zero

With a special message from Sir David Attenborough, join the Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope, Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero, and esteemed guests in a conversation on tackling the climate crisis at the closing plenary of the 2020 Alumni Festival.

From food and lifestyle to energy and nature, there are choices we need to make – as individuals, organisations and businesses – if we are to tackle climate change. Over the past week, Cambridge Zero and the Alumni Festival have brought together different voices and disciplines to discuss and debate these choices.

The Vice-Chancellor will build on these discussions to explore the role of the University, and how it can best support the transition to a zero carbon future through the breadth of its capabilities and the knowledge and talent of its members.

A recording of this session is now available to watch on YouTube.


Professor Stephen J Toope

Trinity 1983
Professor Stephen J Toope 2020

Professor Stephen J Toope is the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University. He was Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and President, the University of British Columbia. A former Dean of Law, McGill University, Professor Toope was also Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.

He publishes in global journals on human rights, international dispute resolution, international environmental law, the use of force, and international legal theory, and has lectured at universities around the world. 

Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Trinity 1994
Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero at the University of Cambridge and Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology. She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy and a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey.

Dr Shuckburgh leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER). Until April 2019 she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group at British Antarctic Survey.

In the past she has worked at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT. She is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and co-chair of their Climate Science Communications Group. She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

Helen Clarkson

Corpus Christi 1993
Helen Clarkson

Helen Clarkson joined The Climate Group in 2017 as its Chief Executive Officer. In addition to leading the growing Climate Group team, Helen sits on the board of the We Mean Business Coalition, chairs the Finance & Audit Committee for the Sustainable Development Capital Energy Efficiency Income Trust, and is on the Mission Council for Pukka Herbs.  

Prior to joining The Climate Group, Helen worked at Forum for the Future where she founded the organisation’s US office. At Forum, Helen led work with large US corporations such as Target, Walmart, Nike, Gap, and Levi Strauss & Co. to solve complex sustainability challenges at both the organisational and broader systemic level.   

Helen joined Forum from Médecins Sans Frontières where she worked on humanitarian missions in countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Pakistan and Nigeria. 

Helen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte, and has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a master’s degree from Birkbeck College, University of London. 

Professor Saleemul Huq

Professor Saleemul Huq

Professor Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD) since 2009. Professor Huq is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED), where he is involved in building negotiating capacity and supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in UNFCCC including negotiator training workshops for LDCs, policy briefings and support for the Adaptation Fund Board, as well as research into vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the least developed countries. Professor Huq has published numerous articles in scientific and popular journals, was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was one of the coordinating lead authors of Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007). Prior to this, he was at Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) where he was in charge of management and strategy of the organisation. In 2000 he became an Academic Visitor at the Huxley School of Environment at Imperial College in London.

Ella Palmer

Fitzwilliam 2017
Ella Palmer

Ella Palmer has recently graduated in English from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and is looking forward to beginning her MSc in Climate Change and Environmental Policy at the University of Leeds this autumn. She has an interdisciplinary interest in climate change and her final year dissertation focused on the ethics of climate change’s metaphorical representation in contemporary novels. 

This summer she has being working as the Research Strategy intern at Cambridge Zero and has previously interned elsewhere in Cambridge at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 

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