The 15th BIOECON in Cambridge has begun – and so begins my 3 week visit to the UK.
The conference is being held at King’s College, a truly dreadful venue with historic architecture, manicured lawns, ambient atmosphere and delicious food. Horrible.
Tomorrow I’ll be giving my presentation, which I’ve blogged about previously, but you can view the slides below:
BIOECON is proving to be a smashing conference so far – small, but a great mix of people and diverse presentations. A number of people have been surprised to hear I’ve traveled all the way from Australia for this conference (I’m one of two Australians present, the other being my supervisor Stuart Whitten). Well yes it is a long way – but – I’m making the most of it, and am visiting/have visited a number of places along the way:
- I was part of a meeting organised by the British Ecological Society on “what does the science say about biodiversity offsetting?”. BES is organising a submission to the green paper published by Defra on the UK’s proposed biodiversity offset policy
- I visited the Conservation Science Group, University of Cambridge (with my fellow former UQ colleague, Jessica Walsh)
- Next I’ll be heading off to DICE, at the University of Kent (and catching up with Bob Smith)
- The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the London School of Economics is holding a 2-day conference from 24-25 September, including a public lecture by Lord Nicholas Stern (!!!)
- Then off to Imperial College London to see Joe Bull
- and finally (I think) I’ll attend the Biodiversity Resilience Symposium at the University of Oxford 2-3 October
It’s going to be a crazy few weeks, but I’m excited about meeting new people and catching up with some colleagues I wouldn’t normally see (as well as doing a bit of sight seeing along the way).