Norwich Science Festival: Sustainability Forum


Professor Tim O’Riordan

President, Campaign for Rural England (Norfolk) 

Professor Tim O’Riordan is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

He received an OBE in 2010, is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Norfolk, served as Sheriff of Norwich (2009-10), and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He holds an MA in Geography from the University of Edinburgh, an MSc in Water Resources Engineering from Cornell University, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge. In June 2013, he was awarded the honour of Distinguished Friend of Oxford.

Jonathon Porritt CBE

Renowned environmental sustainability campaigner and author of “Hope in Hell”.

Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is a ‘veteran campaigner’ and eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development.

He is also a Non-Executive Director of Willmot Dixon Holdings, Chancellor of Keele University, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Advisor. See Affiliations.

He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; a Trustee of WWF-UK (1991-2005) and a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency (1999-2008).

Dr Hayley Pinto

Psychiatrist and spokesperson for Greenpeace

A doctor and a mother. The urgency and scale of climate change motivates me to do what I can to help save the natural world I love. As a doctor I’m interested in the health implications of environmental degradation but I’ve found it fascinating to learn about other aspects: ecosystems, agriculture, economics, energy, etc I’m passionate about the need to educate and engage communities and individuals. I love teaching

 and have done talks with schools, university students, health care staff and community groups. | Based in: Marsham | Topics of interest: Any, but esp. climate change (incl. health impacts) and oceans | 

Professor Nitya Rao

Director of Norwich Institute for Sustainable Development

Nitya oversees the strategic direction of NISD, a new UK centre of excellence which will apply world-leading transdisciplinary research to pressing global problems. A key strategic focus for her and the Institute is to change the way we work – to make sure that innovations meet farmers’ needs around the world, supporting farming communities to make agriculture more resilient and supporting the world’s food supply

At present, Nitya is a member of the Steering Group of the High Level Panel of Experts to the Committee on Global Food Security, with oversight for the recently launched 16th HLPE Report on youth engagement.

Connor Bryant, Circular economy entrepreneur

Co-founder and Director Co-Founder of Rubbish Ideas & The Rubbish Project

Connor is a circular economy entrepreneur, campaigner, and speaker. He co-founded Rubbish Ideas and is CEO of The Rubbish Project, and as the names suggest both companies are focused on creating a rubbish (waste) free world.

Rubbish Ideas is a UK-based sustainable design consultancy which only designs, makes, and sells products and services which support the circular economy.

The Rubbish Project is a Belgium-based company working with the major producers and consumers of disposable single-use packaging to re-design their business model and create a closed-loop system for packaging.


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