43rd TB Macaulay Lecture

02nov7:00 pm9:00 pm43rd TB Macaulay LectureIn Conversation with Christiana Figueres7:00 pm - 9:00 pm OrganiserJames Hutton Institue and Macaulay Development TrustEvent TypeWebinar & TalksThemeFood & Agriculture,Nature & Biodiversity

Event Details

43rd TB Macaulay Lecture – In conversation with Christiana Figueres

Each year the Macaulay Development Trust, in partnership with the James Hutton Institute, hosts a world-renowned guest speaker for its annual TB Macaulay Lecture. This year we are Honoured to welcome Christiana Figueres who is an internationally recognised leader credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.

Christiana Figueres was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2010-2016. Assuming responsibility for the international climate change negotiations and after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009, she was determined to lead the process to a universally agreed regulatory framework. Building toward that goal, she directed the successful Conferences of the Parties in Cancun 2010, Durban 2011, Doha 2012, Warsaw 2013, and Lima 2014, which culminated her efforts in the historical Paris Agreement of 2015.

Each year, the lecture gives an expert insight into the interplay between sustainable land use, science, the economy and communities to inspire debate at all levels, from policy makers to youth representatives. This year, at this make-or-break time, Christiana and our guest speakers will focus on the urgent need to shift from rhetoric to action in a bid to survive the climate crisis and shape the approach to our shared future. We expect an empowering, challenging and committed debate to follow.

The lecture, which is traditionally held in Edinburgh, will this year be held in Glasgow on November 2nd, coinciding with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). Supported by the Macaulay Development Trust and the James Hutton Institute, the lecture will be hosted by the BBC’s Laura Goodwin with an in-person audience (invitation only) from Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation Centre. It will simultaneously be streamed around the world.

As we finalise details of the event, please check the website regularly for updates and announcements of other special guests. You can also follow us on twitter @MacaulayDvTrust and @JamesHuttonInst and use the hashtag #TBMacLecture.

In conversation with – This year, we are also delighted to welcome our host BBC Broadcaster, Laura Goodwin. Laura has been a broadcast journalist for 15 years starting her broadcasting career at Moray Firth Radio in Inverness. Laura then moved to STV North in Aberdeen as a presenter and reporter covering the opening of the Queen’s Ferry crossing, the new V&A museum and the Scottish independence referendum.

She joined the BBC as Innovation Correspondent in 2018, a new role created through the BBC Channel. Since then Laura has covered a range of stories celebrating the creativity and ingenuity of Scotland’s business and academic community. Recent reports include an app being used to aid end of life care, what Scotland’s dinner plate might look like in 2050 and the designer making 3D printed wedding dresses.

Laura regularly presents live news programmes including The Nine, Reporting Scotland and recently anchored part of the political coverage ahead of the BBC Scotland leaders’ debate.

EVENT DETAILS The event is free to attend online – please register at https://tbmacaulaylecture.squarespace.com/

Attending the event in-person is by direct invitation only. If you do wish to register your interest to attend the in-person event, please email [email protected] If you have been successful in gaining a ticket someone from Hutton events will be in touch with you in due course.

Questions are being taken in advance of the evening. You can also submit a question to Christiana by emailing [email protected] by 12:00 GMT on 29th of October.

The programme is evolving daily so please check back for regular updates as we approach the event.

We look forward to welcoming you online to The 43rd TB Macaulay Lecture on Tuesday 2nd November 2021 at 19:00 GMT.

Background to the TB Macaulay lecture

The annual TB Macaulay lecture is held to honour the vision of Dr Thomas Bassett Macaulay, President and chairman of the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, whose benefaction founded the original Macaulay Institute for Soil Research in 1930. He was a descendant of the Macaulays from the Island of Lewis and his aim was to improve the productivity of Scottish Agriculture. This vision continues today in its successor the James Hutton Institute, a world-leader in land, crop, water, environmental and socio-economics science.


(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm