This event is sponsored by Grant Thornton UK LLP
Lord Rees, previous President of the Royal Society, argues that if mankind makes the wrong decisions in the coming decades, the 21st might prove to be our final century. A number of the most crucial challenges we face relate to our environment: climate change, loss of biodiversity and access to sufficient food to feed a rapidly growing population. What contribution can botanic gardens make towards solving some of these challenges? Richard Deverell will describe the science, conservation and public education work done at Kew Gardens and outline the challenges and opportunities of leading and revitalising this complex and vital institution.
Richard Deverell is the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. He started his career at LEK Consulting after studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge. He spent 20 years at the BBC, leading the BBC News website and the BBC’s Children’s department (CBBC and CBeebies) before setting up the BBC’s new broadcasting base in Salford. He joined Kew Gardens in 2012, having already been a Trustee for six years. He is the first ‘non-scientist’ to hold this role in 170 years and he lives in Kew Gardens.
Grant Thornton UK LLP
30 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG
Nearest tube: Moorgate
18:30 for 19:00
COST Members £25 Members’ guests (non-INSEAD) £35
REFRESHMENTS Wine and canapés