Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture 2014
The science of the Anthropocene
The Gordon Goodman Memorial Lecture 2014 will be given by Sybil Seitzinger, executive director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with time for questions.
13.30 - 16.45
Beijersalen, Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien
Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm
Stockholm Environment Institute and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme.
The event is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required for all participants.
Sybil Seitzinger, executive director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Dr Sybil Seitzinger, Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, will give an open lecture on the origins of Earth system science and how this led to the concept of the Anthropocene – the notion that humanity has pushed Earth into a new geological epoch. Dr Seitzinger will explore the value of this concept within the natural and social sciences as Earth enters a “no analogue state”.
Dr. Sybil Seitzinger is the Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, an international network of over 10,000 scientists investigating the causes and consequences of global environmental change. Dr. Seitzinger is a pioneering scientist in land-atmosphere-ocean biogeochemistry, with a focus on changes in the global nitrogen cycle and how humans affect it. This has contributed to, for example, a greater understanding of the impacts of food and energy production in watersheds on marine ecosystems globally. Dr. Seitzinger is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recently served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). For 12 years, she was on the faculty of Rutgers University, in addition, Dr Seitzinger was director of the Rutgers/NOAA Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program and has served on numerous national and international advisory committees.
Starting in 1987, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme was the first major international research programme dedicated to driving research on the Earth system. IGBP has contributed to deepening understanding of the Earth as a system and the role humans now play in shaping that system. Nobel Laureate and former IGBP Vice Chair, Paul Crutzen proposed the concept of the Anthropocene at an IGBP meeting in 2000. This proposal came as a consequence of the substantial evidence accumulated and synthesized by IGBP.
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
Dr Seitzinger will be joined by a panel of distinguished experts to discuss what this concept might mean culturally and politically. The panel includes Dr Richard J.T. Klein, Stockholm Environment Institute, Emma Lindberg, The Ministry of the Environment and Dr Johan Rockström, Stockholm Resilience Center. More panelists will be announced in the near future. Moderator: Dr. Johan L. Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute.
The event will be followed by a reception for registered participants.