Gresham College, London’s oldest Higher Education Institution, is delighted to announce the appointment of Jacqueline McGlade as Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment, one of only three new professorships created since the College was founded in 1597.
Professor McGlade is a renowned environmental scientist who has played key roles in academia and in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Environment Agency (EEA). Her first lecture series will explore environmental issues with global implications affecting us all.
Professor McGlade is Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at University College London and Professor at the Maasai Mara University in Kenya. Prior to taking up her role at UCL in 2017, Professor McGlade was Director of the Science Division and Chief Scientist and Statistician at United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kenya. She joined UNEP after serving as an Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA), where she introduced SEIS, the Shared Environmental Information System for national reporting on environmental statistics.
Jacqueline McGlade said: “Joining Gresham College is a very special honour for me. Not only has the College been home to some of the greatest thinkers over the past 400 years, but it has continued to keep at its heart the sharing of knowledge through free public lectures – something that I have always been passionate about.”
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.
With a background in marine biology and environmental informatics Professor McGlade has carried out 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 and participate in local, national and international fora.
As Professor of the Environment, Jacqueline McGlade will continue the 420-year-old tradition of delivering free lectures aimed at the public within the City of London and beyond. During the academic year, Gresham College puts on a total of 130 lectures at Barnard’s Inn Hall and the Museum of London.
All Gresham lectures are live streamed and made available on YouTube after the event. The College’s archive of past lectures is freely available on the College website and now totals more than 2,000 videos in a wide range of subjects in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.
Sir Richard Evans, Provost of Gresham College, said: “Jacqueline McGlade’s dedication to the environment and sustainable development over the past four decades means she brings a unique perspective to Gresham College. Over the past years, she has been Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, Professor of Environmental Informatics at University College London, and Chief Scientist and Director of the Science Division of the United Nations Environment Programme.
“As Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment, she will share not only her academic expertise with our audiences but also the wisdom she has gained working in some of the world’s most influential environmental organisations.”
A series of six lectures a year is delivered by each of the College’s ten Professors. These are augmented by series presented by several Visiting Professors and as many as 40 individual lectures from a range of authoritative speakers selected from the worlds of academia, politics and industry.
Professor McGlade’s lectures for 2018-19 will be:
- Antibiotic Resistance: Calling on Citizens to Help Tackle the Problem – Tuesday 25 September 2018, 6 pm at the Museum of London
- Nanomaterials: A Tale of Two Alices – Tuesday 13 November 2018, 6 pm at the Museum of London
- Childhood Malnutrition: Exporting Violence or Happiness? – Tuesday 4 December 2018, 6 pm at the Museum of London
- Food Security: A Poisoned Chalice of Plant Adaptation – Tuesday 5 March 2019, 6 pm at the Museum of London
- The Intertwined Impacts of Pollution and Inequality on Health – Tuesday 30 April 2019, 6 pm at the Museum of London
- Exploring the Earth from Space – Tuesday 21 May 2019, 6 pm at the Museum of London