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Collaborating to conserve the natural world

8 April, 2024 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

The F. L. Attenborough Lecture

Dr Mike Rands, BSc, DPhil, DSc. Master Darwin College, and Founding Director, Cambridge Conservation Initiative, University of Cambridge  

Nature has never been under great threat and requires urgent and innovative responses from society if we are to halt and reverse the loss of species, habitats and ecosystems upon which our own survival and prosperity depend. In this lecture Dr Rands will outline the innovative work facilitated from Cambridge to respond to the ‘global biodiversity crisis’ drawing especially on the work of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. This novel partnership brings together the biggest names in international biodiversity conservation with the University of Cambridge with the aim of transforming the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity to secure a sustainable future for all life on Earth.

Dr Rands is an environmental scientist and conservation biologist. Currently the Master of Darwin College at the University of Cambridge, he was the Founding Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative at the University of Cambridge where he led the creation of the David Attenborough Building as a centre of international collaboration for nature conservation. He was previously Director and Chief Executive of BirdLife International.

He is also a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, a Trustee of the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust and Conservation International UK and currently Chairs the Council of BirdLife International.

This event is open to both members and non-members to attend in person. The event will also be streamed using Zoom.

Members: Members will receive an email about a week before the event providing them with the information required to listen to the lecture using Zoom.

Non-members: Non-members may attend either on Zoom or in-person on payment of £5 (student non-members £3) by booking through EventBrite:



New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA
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