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Westminster Talks 2016/17 kicks off with former Earthwatch International head Nigel Winser inspecting how we are getting on saving the planet

20 October 2016

Nigel Winser

The Westminster Talks 2016/17 series will kick off with a talk by Nigel Winser, environmental consultant and former Executive Vice President of Earthwatch International, from 6pm on 26 October.

In his Central London talk entitled ‘Understanding Nature: The Key to our Future’, the Westminster trained Life Scientist Nigel Winser will share his experiences as a manager of geographical research programmes, with suggestions for students and future leaders wishing to make a contribution to the study of the natural world.

This will include an introduction to those organisations and communities currently working hard to ensure a safe, sustainable planet. The goal is a higher level of environmental consciousness with voting citizens of the world to reverse the global trends of habitat loss, a warming world and too much plastic in the oceans.

Born in Kenya, early encounters with nature led Nigel Winser to a career in conservation as a field scientist. Nigel read Life Sciences at the Polytechnic of Central London – now the University of Westminster – where he undertook biological field surveys in the Sahara, West Ethiopia, and Kenya.

Working at the Royal Geographical Society for 29 years, joining as a volunteer studying the forests of the Sarawak and then going on to become its Deputy Director, Nigel helped establish the Society’s Expedition Advisory Centre. The Centre helped to encourage and fund young scientists to study the natural world, and Nigel was later selected to develop the Society’s geographical research programmes in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Indian Ocean. As Head of the Expeditions and Fieldwork division, Nigel was involved in developing standards and training for safe fieldwork and promoting the value of outdoor learning.

Nigel went on to be appointed Executive Vice President of Earthwatch International, with a global programme of over 50 international projects worldwide, focussing on biodiversity and climate change studies and working closely with volunteers, business leaders and pioneering international scientists.

The Westminster Talks 2016/17 lecture series is free and open to the public. Featuring talks by an outstanding array of Westminster alumni, Professors, Honorary Doctors and Friends of Westminster, the lectures underpin the University’s mission of excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of the wider society.

The Nigel Winser: Understanding Nature: The Key to our Future lecture will take place at the University of Westminster’s Regent Campus between 6-7pm on 26 October 2016.

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