N8 Debates 2011


The N8 watergroup is a unique collaboration of northern England’s eight leading research-intensive universities brought together to exploit a world class knowledge base of over 330 scientists, with an unprecedented level of expertise in the science of sustainable water use

N8 Debates 2011 – a trilogy of key debates at the policy/technology interface

The N8 Research Partnership in conjunction with the NERC-funded Catchment Change Network and The Centre for Sustainable Water Management at LEC are supporting a series of Debates during 2011 at the policy/technology interface, designed to highlight outstanding issues and begin to identify ways forward. These will be very much participative and interactive sessions led by a Panel with an audience of invited guests. Each of our Debates will be streamed live and made available as edited highlights .

I.   Encouraging multifunctionality by soil carbon sequestration 

Thursday 5th May 2011 at One Queen Anne’s Gate, London (4.30-6.30 pm)
Chair:  Joe Holden, Leeds University

Our first N8 Debate on Encouraging Multifunctionality by Soil Carbon Sequestration held in London  at British Water and The Work Foundation proved to be a great success.  A news feature and link to the Adobe Connect recording are now available

II.  Valuing the environment – looking beyond the economics

Thursday 26th May 2011 at Lancaster Environment Centre (4.30-6.30pm)
Chair:  Louise Heathwaite, Lancaster Environment Centre

The second N8 Debate on Valuing the Environment: Looking beyond the Economics took place on the 26th May 2011 at the Lancaster Environment Centre and was a resounding success.  Chaired by Professor Louise Heathwaite, the event featured interactive questioning and input from a range of remote participants engaging online. Panel members included Ian Bateman (UEA), Allan Provins (eftec), Topsy Rudd (Cascade Consulting) and Graham Harris (Lancaster University).  An overview and link to the Adobe Connect recording are now available.

III.  Food security and sustainable water supplies

September 22nd  2011 at the Stockbridge Technology Centre, Selby, North Yorkshire
Chair:  Tim Burt, Durham University

The third in our series of ‘N8 Debates’ during 2011 “Food Security and Sustainable Water Supplies” focused on the national and international challenges associated with managing water resources in tandem with food and energy supplies.

Professor Tim Burt (Durham University) chaired the Debate. Our panel members represented a range of stakeholder views and included Ian Bernard (British Water), Askok Chapagain (WWF), Bill Davies (Lancaster University) and Graham Ward (Stockbridge Technology Centre).

An overview and recording of the event are available now .


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