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Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Online Lecture

Connected Knowledge

Professor Jacqueline McGlade

The interconnectivity of living organisms and the planet is brought to light through the development of digital intelligence of the planet. 

This lecture tells the story of how this started with early computing and chaos theory, and developed through models of how humans move around and inhabit different parts of the world, to open data systems. 

Stories from the voyages of Darwin and the first global explorers, to the new space science illustrate the different ways in which new knowledge is received by society.


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Professor Jacqueline McGlade is the Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment at Gresham College. She is also a Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at University College London and Professor at the Maasai Mara University in Kenya.

On leave from her role at UCL, Professor McGlade was Director of the Science Division and Chief Scientist and Statistician at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kenya. There she led many key global assessment activities including the Global Environment Outlook, UN Emissions Gap Report and Frontiers. She also led the creation of Environment Live, an intelligence system for environmental monitoring. Before moving to Kenya, she served as Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, where she introduced citizen science, systems for sharing environmental information for national reporting and delivered key assessments and analyses for all major European environmental policies.

For four decades Professor McGlade has worked at the interface of sustainable development, science, society and policy. Her research on biodiversity, climate change, ecosystems, oceans and social dynamics are known the world over. From developing innovative software for virtual gaming and decision-making in areas such as flood management to pioneering open access to data and information she has changed the way we look at and understand the environment.

Professor McGlade has given over 800 public lectures around the world showing her audiences how we can live sustainably on Earth while adapting to the changing nature of the environment. She has produced award-winning films, television series and radio programmes. In 2017 she gave a TEDx talk on Building Resilience to Climate Change.

With a background in marine biology and environmental informatics Professor McGlade has done fieldwork in Africa, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, North America, Europe, the Caucasus, and the Arctic. She is passionate about local communities and has trained and supported indigenous people to map their lands and sacred sites. She has been instrumental in helping indigenous people participate in local, national and international fora. She recently became a senior member of the Maasai tribe in Kenya, where she is helping to design and implement clean technologies and a green growth local economy in the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Professor McGlade was appointed the Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment in 2018.

The lectures will present the latest knowledge about emerging issues that affect us all. They will cover antimicrobial resistance, nanotechnology, cognitive development and childhood malnutrition, food security and climate adaptations in crops, the intertwined impacts of inequality and pollution on human health, and the exploration of earth from space.

Professor McGlade's lecture series are as follows:

2020/21 Our Connected World and How to Build a Just and Prosperous Planet

2019/20 Sustainable Planet

2018/19 Frontiers - Emerging Environmental Issues with Global Implications

All lectures by the Frank Jackson Foundation Professors of the Environment can be accessed here.

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