Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Upcoming Events

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Current Series

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

Big Ideas

Seminar Series

After the success of our 2016 Big Ideas anniversary seminar series, the ECI continues to host more lectures within the series.

Past and fortcoming lectures

Welcome to the Anthropocene

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

Five keynote lectures introducing '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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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.


May 2018 |

Building Resilience to the Impacts of El Nino

An event at London’s Royal Society, organised by the ECI and ICCS, will showcase fourteen UK Government projects which aim to help build resilience to future extreme climate events such as El Niño

Watch event online

May 2018 |

Planetary health: does our planet have boundaries? with Prof Yadvinder Malhi and Kate Raworth

Watch talk online

16 February 2018 |

Surviving the Anthropocene: A story of biological gains as well as losses | Professor D Thomas

Watch talk online

31 January 2018 |

Transforming Britain: Green Politics in the 21st Century | Caroline Lucas MP

Watch talk online

January 2018 |

The Carbon Debate 2018

This debate took place on January 22nd at CICERO Center for International Climate Research and involves Richard Miller and Myles Allen of the Oxford Martin Net Zero Carbon Investment Initiative discussing some of the points raised in their recent study in Nature Geoscience. Temperature choices, the role of CO2 & other gasses and the usefulness of carbon budgets are also topics of the discussion.

Watch debate online


7 December 2017 |

UNFCCC COP23 University of Oxford Debrief : What happened at COP23 in Bonn? | Various speakers

27 November 2017 |

Oxford Networks for the Environment Networking Event | University Museum of Natural History

Full details

12 November |

Oxford @ COP23 Bonn: Q&A Session: Emission budgets and pathways to 1.5 degrees in the context of the global stocktake | Prof Myles Allen

Watch talk online

8 November |

Culture's role in hazard and climate change risk: worldviews, belief systems and 'alternative facts' | Dr Lisa Schipper

Coming soon

25 October |

Transformation for All - Implementing the Agenda 2030 in Germany from a Practical Policy Perspective | Dr Joerg Mayer-Ries

Watch online

18 October |

Big History: Humans and their Environment | Sir Crispen Tickell

October |

Concept of the Anthropocene | Professor Yadvinder Malhi

Watch online

11 October |

Doughnut Economics: How to Think Like a 21st Century Economist | Kate Raworth

Watch online

6 September 2017 |

From ECM to Imagining Sustainable Futures | Vanessa Timmer, One Earth | ECM Alumni Dinner Lecture

Watch talk online

19 June 2017 |

Green-Win Conference 2017

Watch online

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

Intact Forests in the 21st Century

18-20 June 2018

A major international conference bringing together leading scientists, researchers, policy experts and practitioners from around the world to review and debate the current state of knowledge relating to intact forests, their values, the threats they face, and the most appropriate responses.

Audio podcasts available

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