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King’s at the BA Festival of Science08 Sep 2003, PR 62/03
The UK’s largest science festival starts today (Monday 8 September 2003) and King’s College London has a record number of academics taking part.
The BA Festival of Science, taking place all week at the University of Salford, is hosting a symposium; ‘Sustainable Development and the Frontier’ this morning (8 September) with members of the King’s Geography Department.
Michael Redclift, Professor of International Environmental Policy says: ‘It has been suggested that environmental management should be easier, since the world now possesses global institutions for the purpose. The ‘problem’ then is how to manage the Earth’s resources, particularly common pool resources, in the face of increasing market penetration.
‘This forum examines specific situations in which geographical and political ‘frontiers’ are highly contested, and in which sustainable development is the objective of public policy.’
The cases examined are those of forest frontiers in the Mexican Caribbean (Professor Redclift) and New Zealand (Dr Geoff Wilson), South Asia (Dr Robert Bradnock). Other contributors examine the effect of ‘internal frontiers’ created by disputed land claims in Zimbabwe (Dr Debby Potts) and conservation ‘hotspots’ and ‘black-spots’ in the Philippines (Dr Raymond Bryant). Finally, the experience of exporting one model of sustainable agriculture across frontiers, from Taiwan to the Gambia is discussed (Dr Kathy Baker).
Other King’s academics giving talks include Professor Robert Plomin of the Institute of Psychiatry and Jane Thomas of Nutrition and Dietetics, will take place later in the week.
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King’s College London
King’s is one of the oldest and largest colleges of the University of London with some 12,400 undergraduate students and over 4,700 postgraduates in ten schools of study. The College had 24 of its subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level. It is in the top group of five universities for research earnings and has an annual turnover of over £300 million and research income from grants and contracts in excess of £90 million (2001-2002).
About the BA
The BA is the UK’s nationwide, open membership organisation dedicated to connecting science with people, so that science and its applications become accessible to all. The BA aims to promote openness about science in society and to engage and inspire people directly with science and technology and their implications. Established in 1831, the BA organises major initiatives across the UK, including the annual BA Festival of Science, National Science Week, programmes of regional and local events, and an extensive programme for young people in schools and colleges.
About the BA Festival of Science
The BA Festival of Science is the UK’s largest science festival, attracting over 300 speakers and around 10,000 visitors and has been taking place since 1831. The BA Festival of Science 2003 takes place from 8-12 September at the University of Salford, Greater Manchester in association with Northwest Science. For further information, visit www.the-ba.net/festivalofscience.
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