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Royal Society International Lecture


Royal Society International Lecture given by the Honourable Dr Jane Lubchenco ForMemRS

Can we use the ocean without using it up? The task is daunting given current trajectories in fisheries, plastics and other pollutants, and the increasingly serious impacts of climate change and ocean acidification. However, new scientific insights, tools, and partnerships are providing hope that it is not too late to transition to more sustainable practices and policies. Solutions exist, but they are not at the scale required. 

Dr Lubchenco will draw on her four years as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), her two years as the first US Science Envoy for the Ocean, and her decades of research around the world to summarise scientific knowledge about the importance of sustainable use of the ocean and approaches that are working. This lecture will bring a coupled message of urgency and hope.

The lecture will be webcast live and the video recording will be available shortly after the event. 

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors open from 18:00, and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • This event may be popular and entry cannot be guaranteed
  • Live subtitles will be available
  • British Sign Language interpretation will be available on request. Please let the Scientific Programmes team know if you plan to attend at least two weeks before the event
  • Travel and accessibility information 

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