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[Program updated] Special Seminar: Recent Developments in Future Earth
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[Program updated] Special Seminar: Recent Developments in Future Earth

Date: October 03, 2018

The Regional Centre for Future Earth in Asia based at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) will host a Future Earth Special Seminar inviting Dr. Amy Luers, the Executive Director of the Future Earth and Dr. Wendy Broadgate, the Director of the Future Earth Global Hub in Sweden.

The Special Seminar will take place from 1:30 to 3.30pm on Wednesday 3rd October at the RIHN Lecture Hall. No registration is required.

Updated Program:

1:30-2:15 ”Recent developments in Future Earth” Amy Luers, Future Earth Executive Director

2:15-2:45    “Future Earth evolution and highlights from the Future Earth Swedish hub”    Wendy Broadgate, Future Earth Global Hub Director, Sweden

2:45-3:15   “Future Design”   Tatsuyoshi Saijo, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

3:15-3:25 ”Study of behavior modification of public people by sharing daily activity and air quality information toward clean air and promoting public health”  Sachiko Hayashida,  Nara Women’s University

3:25-3:30   General discussion


Amy Leurs   Future Earth Executive Director

Amy Luers comes to Future Earth from the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF) where she was Director of Climate. Previously, she was the Assistant Director for Climate Resilience and Information at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Dr. Luers spent a number of years at Google as the Senior Environment Program Manager. Prior to Google she led the climate program at the Union of Concerned Sciences California office. Luers started her career in Latin America as co-founder and the first executive director of Agua Para La Vida (Water for Life), working with rural communities to enhance access to potable water.

She has published in both academic and the popular media on issues related to vulnerability to global environmental change, data, sustainability, climate policy, and science communication. A respected scientist and data innovator, Luers has been recognised as a PopTech fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, Heinz Environmental Scholar, and has advised the California state government, the White House, and the United Nations. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on committees of the National Academies of Sciences. Luers holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, from Stanford University; a B.S. and M.S. in environmental systems engineering from Humboldt State University; and a B.A. in philosophy from Middlebury College.

Wendy Broadgate   Future Earth Global Hub Director, Sweden

Wendy Broadgate leads the activities of the Swedish Hub, focusing on research enabling and communication. She was Deputy Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) for 15 years before being appointed director of the The Fisheries Secretariat, based in Stockholm, a non-profit working towards sustainable fisheries in Europe. She is a marine scientist by training but for the majority of her career she has been working in Earth system science, global-change research and at the science-policy interface.

At IGBP, Wendy played a key role in the strategic development of the programme, leading its portfolio of marine activities and building international networks in global change research. She was a strategic lead on projects such as ocean acidification, the IGBP great acceleration and the Planet Under Pressure Conference, making an impact in scientific synthesis, the Anthropocene concept and policy engagement. At the Fisheries Secretariat she advocated for a scientific basis for fisheries policies, conducted political analysis, published regular policy briefings and interacted with EU politicians and institutions.

Wendy has published scientific papers on the Anthropocene, Earth system science and ocean-atmosphere interactions. She holds a PhD in marine chemistry.