Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

  • 3 September 2017

From ECM to imagining sustainable futures: The ECI Alumni Dinner 2017

Alumni dinner

On 2 September, ECI alumni, students and staff gathered for their annual Alumni Day and Dinner in Oxford.

This year's afternoon programme at the School focused on soft skills for environmentalists. Chaired by Advisory Board member Dr Nick Brown, 10 alumni shared their insights and top tips in talks, interviews and a closing panel discussion.

Dr Vanessa Timmer (1996-97) gave an inspiring pre-dinner talk about her journey "From ECM to imagining sustainable futures" as the co-founder and CEO of One Earth, a think-and-do tank based in Vancouver.

The Dining Hall of The Queen's College provided a beautiful backdrop for the actual Alumni Dinner. The groups of 2006-07 and 1996-97 alumni celebrated 10 and 20 years since graduating. The current class, still looking a bit exhausted one day after dissertation hand in, came together for a last time as a group, marking the end of their ECM year.

Claudia Comberti, ECM Teaching Assistant, DPhil student and ECM alumna, who tragically died in a road accident earlier this year, was present in people's thoughts and remembered in a display of photographs and a poem Course Director Dr Tom Thornton read after dinner.



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