Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series with Professor Will Steffen

Surviving the 'Anthropocene'


Human activity worldwide is occurring on such a planet-shaping scale that it resembles a geological process. There is even a word for this new phase of life on Earth: the Anthropocene.

The Anthropocene is challenging the rapidly-developing field of Earth System Science to understand how our planet works as a single system, and how we are changing it. More importantly, it is forcing us to deeply question the directions we are taking in the 21st century, and to re-examine our relationship to the rest of the natural world.

Join us to hear Professor Will Steffen discuss how Earth System Science, coupled with innovative thinking in the policy and economics communities, can provide guidance to help humanity correct the dangerous course it is on and successfully navigate an uncertain future on a rapidly changing planet.

Time & Date
03 August 2017
The University of Auckland Business School, Decima Glenn Room, Level 3, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland
Note: Registration at 6pm in Level 1 Foyer
P (09) 923 9465

About the speaker

Will Steffen is an Emeritus Professor of Earth System Science at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, and a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is also a Councillor on the crowd-funded Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change. From 1998 to mid-2004, Steffen served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm, Sweden; he is also a member of the Anthropocene Working Group. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate and Earth System Science, with an emphasis on the incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis, and on sustainability and climate change.


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