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DEFRA & University of Leeds Experts to Provide Insightful Talks at Annual Awards & Lectures

30 May 2018   (0 Comments)

The Society for the Environment confirm DEFRA’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Ian Boyd, has joined the expert line-up at their Annual Awards and Lectures on World Environment Day. 

To add to this, Chartered Waste Manager and Lecturer in Resource Efficiency Systems at the University of Leeds, Dr Costas Velis, is joining Professor Boyd and will be discussing marine litter, amongst other areas of expertise. 

Next week, on Tuesday 5th June, the Society for the Environment host their annual Awards and Lectures evening at Arup, London. Confirmed speakers had already included former CEO of the Environment Agency and current Professor of Environmental Assessment at Cranfield University, Paul Leinster CBE CEnv, and the first CEO of Natural Resources Wales, Dr Emyr Roberts. The Society have now confirmed two additional experts, creating an evening of invaluable knowledge sharing opportunities from a range of perspectives and backgrounds. 

Event Chair and Vice Chair of the Society, Dougal Driver CEnv said;

“It’s fantastic to be able to announce that Professor Boyd and Dr Velis are able to participate in our World Environment Day event. Both bring a wealth of national and international experience and knowledge. 

“It will be a privilege to hear their views, thoughts and ideas as we lift the lid on the global environmental threats and opportunities facing us today and into the future.”

Professor Boyd is an award-winning scientist with vast experience in ecology, polar science and biology. Alongside his role as Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), he is also Professor in Biology at the University of St Andrews. Professor Boyd’s expertise in environmental exploitation of marine ecosystems and ecological economics will make for a thought-provoking key note speech, titled "Plastics and the Environment".


Professor Ian Boyd BSc PhD DSc FSB FSRE (DSc)

Dr Velis conducts research at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, coordinating a cross-disciplinary network on Circular Economy & Resource Recovery (CERRY). He leads the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Marine Litter Task Force, working to establish how sound waste and resource management practices can prevent marine litter, solving this global challenge. This experience informs his insightful  talk around marine litter that links directly to the 2018 theme for the World Environment Day (a global UN initiative) – “Beat Plastic Pollution”. 


Dr Costas Velis BSc MSc DIC PhD MInstP MCIWM

The evening will also see the presentation of the prestigious Environmental Professional of the Year 2018 award, as well as recognising the exceptional contributions of three new Honorary Fellows of the Society for the Environment (HonFSE). 

Last minute registration for the Society’s Awards and Lectures on World Environment Day is still available! The event is free for Chartered Environmentalists (CEnv) or Registered Environmental Technicians (REnvTech), with a nominal fee for interested parties and aspiring registrants. Register your attendance at www.socenv.org.uk/event/WED2018.


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