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Helen F. Sneddon studied Natural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Steven V. Ley. Following postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Irvine, with Professor Larry Overman, she joined GSK in Stevenage, UK in 2007. While at GSK, she has developed a particular interest in Green Chemistry as applied to the Pharmaceutical Industry, including solvent and reagent selection, metrics, and the development of more efficient transformations. She is currently on the editorial board of the journal Green Chemistry and on the editorial advisory board of the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. She is an author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a visiting professor of Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham.

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Roddy Vann studied Mathematics at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, and obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Warwick. Following postdoctoral studies at Warwick and York, he was appointed at York as a lecturer in the Theory of Magnetically-Confined Fusion Plasmas and was made a professor in 2017. Currently, Roddy leads the Year 2 Physics course “Electromagnetism and Optics” and is a member of the York Plasma Institute where he supervises several PhD students.

Alongside his teaching, he is the Programme Director for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science & Technology of Fusion Energy – a PhD programme led by York in collaboration with the universities of Durham, Liverpool, Manchester and Oxford. He was the founding Director of the School of Natural Sciences at York, which he led from 2012 until 2020. He is an author of over 50 peer reviewed publications spanning topics in nuclear fusion, plasma physics, and microwave medical imaging. He is  also a trustee of the newly formed Society for Natural Sciences, a national learned society that promotes interdisciplinarity in science education and research.

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The Institute of Environmental Management for Assessment (IEMA) was founded in 1999 with the aim of uniting anyone working, studying or interested in tackling the environmental and sustainability challenges that face our planet. Since then, IEMA has grown to become a key professional body for environmental professionals, with over 15, 000 members.

IEMA are committed to supporting environmental professionals by providing resources for members to connect over and continue their personal and professional development. This includes over 100 events and 55 webinars. They also support environmental practitioners through high-quality formal training and qualifications. In 2019, IEMA trained 775 members on the Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management, and 81 members on the Certificate in Environmental Management. Likewise, IEMA had collaborated with 26 new corporate partners under the Partnership Programme Scheme by the end of 2019 to upskill workers.

IEMA envisions transforming the world to sustainability and aims to become a net-positive organisation.

Professor Piran White was first appointed as a lecturer at the University of York in 1995 for the Department of Environment and Geography. He leads the University of York’s involvement in the Australian-based Co-operative Research Centre on Invasive Animals. Piran is also the Deputy Director of the NERC-funded Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability Directorate. This is a £13m research programme on ecosystem services. He is also the Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre.  Piran’s research interests are focused on two main areas: (i) wildlife ecology, management and disease (ii) biodiversity, ecosystem function and ecosystem services. He is an author of 192 peer reviewed publications and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of York. He is also the Editor of the Wildlife Research journal and a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Animal Ecology.

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Dr. Sally Brooks worked as an international development practitioner before becoming a researcher with the STEPS centre at the University of Sussex. In 2012, she joined the academic staff at the University of York. Between 2014 and 2017, she was the Programme Director of the departments online MPA International Development. Between 2018-2020, she was also a Senior Research Fellow on the Social Transformative Research Informing Process of Environmental Science (STRIPES). She is currently a member of the York Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI)- Europe scholar-activity network, and part of the Academic Advisory Group for the campaign group ‘Another Europe is Possible’. Sally’s research combines international development and science and technology studies to examine decision making in globalised networks formed around technocratic visions of agrarian change and development. She is an author of 37 peer reviewed publications, with her past projects focused on interventions in smallholder agriculture, crop improvement, nutrition, bioenergy, and financial inclusion and ‘fintech’. More recently, her research interests have extended into the rise of the right-wing populism in rural Europe.

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During her PhD at the University of Manchester, Jessica focused on air quality in Beijing. More specifically, she investigated the interactions of air pollutants with radiation and the influence on meteorology and pollutant concentrations. This investigation was part of a wider collaborative project which aimed to understand the health impacts of heavy pollution episodes in Beijing. She is specifically interested in the health impacts of air pollution and has expertise that extends into urban air quality modelling and measurement techniques. In 2020, Jessica joined York’s Stockholm Environment Institute at York, a non-profit research and policy organisation that tackles environment and development challenges, as a member of the Air Pollution and Climate Group. As a member of this group, she works on projects such as the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) initiative in Supporting National Action Planning (SNAP). She is hoping to assist national and local governments and stakeholders in developing strategies that will simultaneously achieve benefits for climate and air quality, including achieving sustainable development goals.

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BT is a British telecommunications company who provide fixed-line, broadband, mobile services, subscription television, and IT services. It is the largest provider of fixed-line, broadband, and mobile services in the UK, with over 18 million customers.

In 2016, BT managed to cut the carbon intensity of their operations by 80%. By 2030, they are hoping to reduce their carbon industry by a further 87% in 2030. By 2045, BT aim to be a net zero carbon emissions business. The BT Green Tech Innovation Platform uncovers green tech to support the transition to net zero across society and the economy.

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OpHouse is a project led by Kaizen Arts Agency and Alice Wilson. They aim to disrupt a broken housing market by making radically affordable home that can be self-built by the people who need them. OpHouse advocate for tiny houses as a solution to the housing crisis and climate breakdown. Tiny houses reduce the carbon footprint of homeowners by dramatically reducing the amount of fuel spent on heating and cooling. This also makes the house comparatively inexpensive to build and maintain.

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