The Sustainability Skills & Education (SusSEd) series is a collection of engaging and interactive lunchtime talks and workshops, designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to bring about a more sustainable world. Delivered by inspiring speakers from across the university, these sessions will cover all different aspects of sustainability. The talks will be held every Tuesday & Thursday, 12:10-1pm from February 9th to March 16th. Whether you’re pushing to develop the skills needed to make a real difference or just want to hear more about what sustainability entails, everyone is welcome at our free sessions!
This is as well a great opportunity for students to enhance their CV as HEAR recognition is given for attending 5 talks. Attending staff who are members of a Green Impact team can also cross off relevant workbook actions.
Schedule of lunchtime sessions (12:10 -1pm):
Thurs 9th Feb – What does sustainability mean? – Prof. Tony Ryan – Arts Tower LT 3
Professor Tony Ryan OBE will be opening the dynamic series of talks. Tony is the Director of the university’s Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, and is a world leading expert in sustainability research. He is an exceptional speaker who is passionate about creating a more sustainable world, and recently spoke to world leaders at the COP22 UN Climate Change conference in Marrakech. Join Tony on Thursday 9th Feb, 12:10-1pm in the Arts Tower Lecture Theatre 3 to discuss what sustainability really means in today’s world.
Tues 14th Feb – For the love of CO2: Public perceptions of Carbon Dioxide Utilisation technologies – Dr. Christopher Jones – Hicks LT 5
Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDU) technologies are technologies that make use of CO2 to make value-add products (e.g. concrete, plastics, transport fuels). They are viewed by their proponents to be a means of tackling climate change while simultaneously generating an income stream to offset capture and processing costs BUT what do the public think? In this talk Dr Chris Jones, lecturer in environmental psychology, presents the findings of some pioneering research that holds the potential to shape the path and success of technological innovation. Join Chris on Tuesday 14th Feb, 12:10-1pm in Hicks Building Lecture Theatre 5.
Thurs 16th Feb – Sustainability in medicine: a health priority for us all– Natasha Askaroff – Firth Court LT G02
The NHS is our largest public sector contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing its carbon footprint won’t just involve switching off lights or turning down the thermostat, but changing the way healthcare in the UK is delivered and used by every one of us. In this talk Natasha Askaroff will offer a brief insight into how sustainable healthcare may not only help to mitigate climate change, but could improve population health on an individual and global level. Join Natasha on Thursday 16th Feb, 12:10-1pm in Firth Court Ground Lecture Theatre G02.
Tues 21st Feb –Talking about climate change: developing our skills – Nicholas J Nuttgens – Bartolome SR DB13
Nick Nuttgens is a facilitator, trained in Carbon Conversations, who is currently undertaking a PhD to explore the use of creative methods to stimulate dialogue about the challenges of climate change. This session will be an interactive workshop in which participants will be using the guide, ‘Connecting on Climate’, produced at Columbia University with Eco-America, as the basis for reflecting on which communication strategies they find easier or harder to put into practice. Join Nick on Tuesday 16th Feb, 12:10-1pm in Bartolome House Seminar Room DB13 to share ideas in a relaxed and non-judgemental way.
Thurs 23rd Feb – Think entrepreneurially. Act socially – Dr. Andreana Drencheva – Hicks LT 6
“Think entrepreneurially. Act socially” is an interactive and evidence-based session that presents the skills and approaches social entrepreneurs use to create sustainable social change in response to wicked problems and grand societal challenges, such as climate change, population ageing, and inequality. Andreana is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Sheffield University Management School where she works with learners and organisations to enable them to catalyse sustainable social change in entrepreneurial ways. Join her on Thursday 23rd Feb, 12:10-1pm in Hicks Building Lecture Theatre 6 to reflect on the skills you have and the skills you can develop in the future to catalyse sustainable social change.
Tue 28th Feb – The link between body and field: how food production methods affect the environment and our health – Fiona E Graham & Carolyn I Auma – Firth Court LT G02
Fiona Graham and Carol Auma are PhD students in the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures based in the School of Health and Related Research. Fiona’s research is in exploring strategies to encourage people to adopt more sustainable dietary habits. Carol’s research focuses on dietary transitions in an increasingly urbanising sub-Saharan Africa, and its implications for environmental sustainability. Their talk will explore how changes in food production and consumption over the past 50 years have affected our health and the environment. Join Fiona and Carolyn on Tuesday 28th Feb, 12:10-1pm in Firth Court Lecture Theatre G02 to learn how you can eat in a more sustainable manner.
Thurs 2nd March – Cooking a sustainable roast beef and Yorkshire pudding? – introducing the forgotten part of a sustainable diet – Dr. Christian J Reynolds – Firth Court LT G02
It seems everyone is trying to eat more healthily and sustainably these days, with sustainable shopping and healthy sustainable eating easier than ever before. However, there is a mostly overlooked environmental impact of our food systems that is due to the way we cook and store food at home. This talk will be delivered by Dr. Christian Reynolds, a Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow involved in the N8 AgriFood and Theme 3: Improved nutrition and consumer behaviour projects. The meal of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding will be used to illustrate the complex layers of environmental impacts within the food system, and then tips will be offered on how we can change our cookery habits to cook more sustainably.
Tues 7th March – Water and sustainability: the commodity we all need but many fear – Prof. Richard M Ashley – Broad Lane LT 10
Water is the most precious of the planet’s resources, yet as humans we have a complex relationship with it. For some, like the inhabitants of Bangladesh, water is usually scarce but often to be feared as it periodically destroys homes and livelihoods. In the ‘developed’ world, it is so cheap that we don’t think anything of washing our cars with drinking water and to drink some purchase expensive bottled water. Richard Asley is an Emeritus Professor of Urban Water at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering. Join him on Tuesday 7th March, 12:10-1pm in St Georges (Broad Lane Block) Lecture Theatre 1 for a reflection on what it means to manage water sustainably in different contexts.
Thurs 9th March –Saving the World with Fish Poo: Open Source Control Systems for Domestic Aquaponics– Prof. Hamish Cunningham – Hicks LT 6 THIS TALK IS CANCELLED!
Hamish Cunningham is a Research Professor in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield. He is currently researching open IoT devices for domestic aquaponics, and is a management committee member of the COST network EU Aquaponics Hub and the owner of a small greenhouse full of fish. He believes that open tech has a contribution to make to sustainability and resilience, while political democracy is failing to do so due to lack of economic democracy. Find more about him at at https://hamish.gate.ac.uk and don’t forget to join him on Thursday 9th March, 12:10-1pm in Hicks Building Lecture Theatre 6 to hear about his passion and experience of Aquaponics.
Tues 14th March – Why is engaging with natural environments good for us? – Dr. Anna Jorgensen – Hicks LT 5
This talk will outline the mechanisms underlying the health and wellbeing outcomes associated with natural environments. It will explore questions such as:
- What are the health and wellbeing outcomes associated with natural environments?
- What kind of contact with nature do we we need to produce the outcomes?
- What kinds of nature produce the best outcomes?
- How can we plan, design and manage our cities to promote health and wellbeing?
This session will be delivered by Dr. Anna Jorgensen from the Department of Landscape, who has conducted extensive research into the benefits of green spaces for health and wellbeing. Join Anna on Tuesday 15th March, 12-1pm in the Hicks Lecture Theatre 5.
Thurs 16th March – Educating the Sustainable Architects of Tomorrow: Our Planet in Their Hands – Aidan Hoggard and Dr. Sofie Pelsmakers – Firth Court LT G02
It’s a recognised fact that buildings have a huge impact on our planet. As some of the brightest young architects from around the world come to study in Sheffield, the university takes on the responsibility to educate the architects of tomorrow and aims to do so by understanding what the planet needs. In this final talk, Aidan Hoggard and Dr. Sofie Pelsmakers, part of the Masters in Sustainable Architecture teaching group, will share with you examples of research-informed teaching from a field trip exposing the performance of buildings using infrared photography through to crawling under floors to measure heat loss. They will conclude the talk with testimonials from former students who have gone on to make an impact in sustainable design and research.
Please note registration for these talks is not strictly necessary, but will help the organisers greatly and allow you to avoid disappointment should the venue become full. Thank you.