Current Series

The following events are recurring event series hosted by the ECI.

Welcome to the Anthropocene

Wk 1, Michaelmas Term | Lecture Theatre, School of Geography and the Environment

Five keynote lectures introducing differing aspects of the Anthropocene launch our MSc in Environment Change and Management.

Podcasts from the series

Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminars

Weekly lectures throughout the year | Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment

Weekly lectures throughout the year organised by the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests.

Booking required | Podcasts from the series

Oxford Networks for the Environment

Various events, lectures and conferences organised across Oxford University related to the environment

ONE website | Events usually open to the public

Oxford Energy Colloquia

Tuesdays during term time

A series of talks on current energy research and implementation from internal and external speakers.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

Droughts and woody plants: Safety, efficiency and whole-plant economics
Prof Maurizio Mencuccini (Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona). Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford. Booking required.
2017 Oxford Food Forum - Beyond the silo: Understanding and building linkages across the food system
The 2017 Oxford Food Forum seeks to showcase diverse understandings of the food system that break down traditional silos constraining connectivity between people, places, and problems within the food system. By bringing together graduate and early-career researchers and a wide range of players from throughout the food system-producers, consumers, activists and advocates, and everything in between - the Forum will generate new possibilities for understanding and building linkages across the food system. SoGE, Oxford. Booking required.
Next Generation Grid Management
Jens Madrian (Reactive Technologies). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
The Pale Red Dot: Colonising Mars and Beyond
Chair: Dr Paul Jepson (SoGE). Panelists: Andy Weir (author, The Martian), Dr Ellen Stofan (Former Chief Scientist, NASA), Professor Andrew Coates (Deputy Director at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL), Libby Jackson (Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager, UK Space Agency). Oxford Martin School, Oxford. Fully booked.
Cultivating a Sustainable and Resilient Food Future
Laura Lengnick is an award-winning soil scientist who has explored agricultural sustainability for more than 30 years as a researcher, policy-maker, educator, and farmer. Gottmann Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Climate Justice in the UK | Adaptation in practice seminar series 2017, celebrating 20 years of UKCIP
Katharine Knox, policy and research manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), will explore what the social justice issues arising from climate change are, and the policy and practice responses to it. Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford. Free to attend, no booking required.
Developing predictive trait-based scaling theory applied to forests that span broad temperature gradients
Dr Brian Enquist (University of Arizona). Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford. Booking required.
The concept of time in biology, and the unity of life with Prof Brian J. Enquist
One of our biggest technological innovations is that of time keeping. From the atomic to the astronomical scales, our technology has enabled us to precisely measure time. Our timekeeping uses clocks that all tick along the same time scale - a time scale that is also relative to how we perceive the passage of time. Oxford Martin School, Oxford. Booking required.
University of Oxford: JMP Academic Workshop
JMP guided tour demo and discussion - bring your laptop (Windows or Mac) to follow the demos. Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford. Booking required.
NGOs, research and smart waterpumps
Alex Fischer, Smith School of Enterprise and Environment Heloise Greeff, Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Part of the Skoll Centre’s Research for Action Seminar Series. Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford. Booking required.
The lithium ion battery supply chain in an energy storage revolution - Impact on critical raw materials: lithium, graphite and cobalt
Simon Moores (Benchmark Mineral Intelligence). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
Status and Challenges of the German Energiewende
Andreas Löschel (University of Münster). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
Post 4 degrees: The World in 2100
Chair: Professor Myles Allen (ECI). Panelists: Professor Tim Lenton (Chair in Climate Change/Earth System Science, University of Exeter), Nicholas Crane (President of the Royal Geographical Society), Achim Steiner (Director of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford). Oxford Martin School, Oxford. Booking required.
Bio- and geopolitics in historical perspective - A trans-disciplinary workshop
This two-day workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of Geographers, Historians and Political Scientists to reflect on the origins and intersections of modern geo- and biopolitics. Registration required.
Challenges of the Energy Transition
Brian Davis (Shell). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
4th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference
The 4th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert conference provides a forum for researchers and those interested in desert and dryland environments and societies to present, discuss and debate dryland themes and research. Registration now open.
Driving the Technology For Driving the Driverless Cars
Paul Newman (Professor, Department of Engineering Science). Oxford Energy Colloquia. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
ZSL Stamford Raffles Lecture 2017: How animals shape habitats, ecosystems and the global biosphere
Professor Yadvinder Malhi will deliver the Zoological Society of London’s annual lecture, which will be preceeded by ZSL’s Awards Ceremony. Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. Booking Essential.
5th Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS) Conference
iLEAPS, a global research project of Future Earth, will hold its 5th Science Conference in Oxford with the theme ‘Understanding the impact of land-atmosphere exchanges’. Professor Yadvinder Malhi will speak in the session titled ‘Impact of extremes on land biophysical processes and land-atmosphere biogeochemical cycling’.

Event Archive

The ECI host and get involved in numerous events every week. Below are a selection of the major events and lectures we have hosted over the last few years, and specifically includes those with a recorded output/resource.


Tues 31 January 2017, 5pm |

Prosperity without Growth - Foundations for the economy of tomorrow | Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey

Watch talk online

18 January 2017
Dispatches from the front lines of the Carbon War: Dramatic progress in the climate-energy-information nexus | Dr Jeremy Leggett, Carbon Tracker, SolarAid, Solarcentury

Listen to talk online

Download slides


2 November 2016
Policy for Environmental Change: Info-Gap Response to Uncertainty | Yakov Ben-Haim, Israel Institute of technology

Watch talk online

19 October 2016
Are universities & research councils doing nearly enough to tackle climate change? | Craig Bennett, CEO, Friends of the Earth

Watch talk online

21-22 September 2016
International Conference | 1.5 Degrees: Meeting the Challenges of the Paris Agreement

The ambition of the 2015 Paris Agreement of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has caught the world by surprise. "Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C" represents a substantially more ambitious mitigation objective than many were expecting, and reveals a significant research gap on the nature, benefits and feasibility of a 1.5 degree world, as well as a huge policy challenge.

The 1.5 degrees conference brought together researchers, policy makers, businesses and members of civil society to understand the impacts of warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and assess the feasibility of meeting the challenges in the Paris Climate Agreement. The conference will review the arguments behind the 1.5 degrees goal and will seek to understand how the goal is to be interpreted. It explored the options for how a 1.5 degrees target could be achieved and evaluated the possible consequences of the goal from a wide range of perspectives.

Download rapporteur reports

Watch full playlist of conference talks online

20 September 2016
1.5 Degrees Conference Public Launch | The Paris climate deal: origins, ambitions and implications

Launching the 1.5 Degrees International Conference the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford was proud to present a special evening of keynote speeches and discussion from some of the key figures behind the historic Paris Climate Agreement on 20 September 2016. Keynote speeches were given by Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for climate negotiations, Nebojsa Nakicenovic, IIASA and IPCC scientist, and Janos Pasztor, Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change. The evening was opened by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson and moderated by the award winning Environment Correspondent at the Financial Times, Pilita Clark. It featured a poem by Hazim Azghari, ECI MSc student and an introduction from Professor Jim Hall, Director of the ECI.

Watch talk online

1 June 2016
Economic Growth, Structural Transformation and the evolving food security-environment challenge | Professor Prabhu Pingali, Director, Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi), Cornell University

Download presentation

4 May 2016
Can we deliver nutrition security and climate change mitigation without wrecking the planet? | Professor Pete Smith

Listen online

Watch our 'Bitesize Big Idea' with Professor Pete Smith

11 March 2016
Diesel Deception - the Volkswagen emission scandal and its aftermath

Listen online

11 Feb 2016
The Invention of Nature - Alexander von Humboldt's New World

A conversation between the author, Andrea Wulf, and Prof Yadvinder Malhi, Professor of Ecosystem Science, SoGE. Rothermere American Institute Special Event.

15 January 2016
What is Ecomodermism: debate with Mark Lynas

Organised by AgileOx. | Watch debate online


9-11 December
Water Security 2015

International conference by the REACH: Improving Water Security for the Poor programme and OECD.

7 December
COP21 Side Event: Metrics of progress towards net zero and the two degree goal - science for a safe climate

Oxford's COP21 Side Event, Paris

11 November
Revisiting the Green Sahara

4th Annual Trapnell Lecture | Dr Jessica Tierney, University of Arizona

Michaelmas Term 2015
Oxford Energy Colloquia

A series of talks on current energy research and implementation from internal and external speakers

12 -21 October 2015
2015 Welcome to the Anthropocene Lectures

The ECI's annual lecture series to launch the MSc programme in Environmental Change and Management

16 October 2015 | tbc | Said Business School
Launch of the Carbon Innovation Programme

Oxford University Estates

Drought risk and decision making

One-day symposium | 8 September 2015, Exeter College |

This annual symposium brings together global experts and will showcase multidisciplinary research being undertaken on droughts from across the world.

ECI's 2015 Alumni Dinner

One-day workshop and celebratory dinner | 3 September 2015 |

Infrastructure Investment in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies - Systems Thinking for New Institutions and Global Challenges

One-day Conference | Various speakers | 2 July 2015 |

Creating a climate for change: what's at stake in global climate negotiations

Oxford Martin School Series | Various speakers | Jan-May 2015 | Listen to talks

2nd SoGE Annual Lecture: Are we bigger than the biosphere? An ecologist's examination of our human dominated planet.

Professor Yadvinder Malhi | 12 February 2015 | Listen to talk

Water scarcity and drought management

Professor Jim Hall | 2 February 2015


8th Annual Ocean Policy Symposium

Organised by Dr Thomas Thornton | Various speakers | November 2014

Drought risk in the context of change: One day symposium.

Oxford Water Network | Various speakers | September 2014

Celebrating 20 Years of the MSc in Environmental Change and Management - Alumni event

Organised by Christine Baro-Hone | 6 September 2014

3rd Annual Oxford Energy Conference - Transformative Change in Energy: Where will it come from?

Organised by Oxford Energy Network | 17 June 2014

ITRC Conference: The Future of National Infrastructure Systems and Economic Prosperity

Organised by ITRC | 27-28 March, St Catharine's College, Cambridge. | Watch keynote talks

Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Annual Members' Day

Organised by Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests | 28 February 2014 | Listen to talks


7th Annual Ocean Policy Symposium

Organised by Dr Thomas Thornton | Various speakers | November 2013

The Political Economy of Ecosystem Services

Professor Joshua Farley | 5 March 2013 | Listen to talk

Even ostriches need third party insurance: the case for action on climate change in a polycentric world

The Rt Hon John Gummer | 28 February 2013 | Listen to talk

Oxford Water Network open afternoon

Various Speakers | 3 June 2013 | Listen to talks

Sustainable Production and Consumption: Are we making the link?

Organised by Dr Constance McDermott | 31 May 2013 | Listen to talks

Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Annual Members' Day

Organised by Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests | 8 March 2013 | Listen to talks


Banking on Biodiversity: the Experience of the European Investment Bank

Peter Carter, Chief Environmentalist at the European Investment Bank | November 2012 | Listen to talk

Climate and Land-use Change

Professor Britaldo Soares-Filho | 27 October 2012 | Listen to talk

Water Security in Changing Climates

Professor David Grey | 26 October 2012 | Listen to talk

Climate Change as a Global Shifting Force

Professor Sir David King | 25 October 2012 | Listen to talk

Planet Under Pressure

Core organisers | 26-29 March 2012 | Resources available online

Beyond Carbon, Ensuring Justice and Equity in REDD+ conference

23-24 March 2012 | Listen to talk

The People's Planet: Reconnecting climate science, climate policy and reality

Inaugural Lecture of Professor Myles Allen | 7 February 2012 | Watch talk


ECI Climate Lectures

Various speakers in the ECI's public lecture series to mark the start of the MSc in Environmental Change and Management | October 2011 |

Linacre Lectures: Riding the perfect storm

The 2011 Linacre Lectures were based upon Professor Sir John Beddington's "Perfect Storm" idea, first presented in early 2009 that the world is at significant risk of facing multiple interacting environmental and natural resource challenges by "2030" | Jan - March 2011 |

International Conference

Megafauna and Ecosystem Function: from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene

March 2014

Exploring the role that large animals play (or have played) in the structure and function of ecosystems from the high Arctic to the tropics.

Audio podcasts available

International Conference

Water Security, Risk and Society conference

April 2012

A platform for over 200 academics, policymakers and business leaders to respond to society’s pressing water security challenges by (i) taking stock of the evidence base informing policy choices and strategic business decisions; and (ii) establishing investment priorities for science-policy-enterprise partnerships.

Audio podcasts available

International Conference

Climate Change, Deforestation and the Future of African Rainforests

January 2012

a multidisciplinary examination of the fate of African tropical forests in the 21st century.

Audio podcasts available

International Conference

Energy and people: futures, complexity and challenges

September 2011

An interdisciplinary conference focusing on the relationship between society and energy use, particularly in the context of the major transition to a low carbon energy system.

Audio podcasts available

International Conference

4 Degrees and Beyond

September 2009

Implications of a global climate change of 4+ degrees for people, ecosystems and the earth-system

Audio podcasts available

International Conference