The Sheffield Marine Research Forum will be hosting a special guest seminar on marine science-policy links entitled:
“Understanding Marine Stewardship & Potential Work Opportunities”
by Professor Paul Leonard
Marine Institute, Plymouth University & Former Head of Defra’s Marine Environment Science Unit
The seminar will take place in the ICOSS Conference room on Tuesday Nov 19th at 1:00pm.
The format will be a 30-minute talk with 30 minutes for group discussion.
We have planned to have lunch at 12:00 with Paul before the seminar.
Professor Leonard is a Founding Member of the Natural Capital Initiative. He was head of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Marine Environment Science Unit, where he supported a wide portfolio of research such as the instigation of the Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund, which included extensive biodiversity research in the English Channel as well as education & heritage components. Other work for Defra, included support for the development of marine diversity databases e.g. DASSH and support for government marine policies. His work has also included representing the UK internationally on the EU funded project COST – IMPACT which considered the valuation of ecosystem services in relation to fisheries. He has been a member of the NERC Peer Review College & Science Adviser to Department of Energy and Climate Change. Paul continues to work nationally and internationally and is especially interested in providing scientifically robust evidence to support environmental policy initiatives. He is a Professor at Plymouth University and an Honorary Professor at Brunel University.