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Thursday May 20th 7:00pm: BlueHealth – how “blue spaces” can improve our health and well-being: Presented b Dr James Grellier. 

Dr Grellier is an epidemiologist and environmental scientist with an interest in understanding the effects of the environment on human health. Over the past two decades, he has worked on quantifying the effects of a wide range of environmental stressors on health including drinking water contaminants, radiation, and air pollution, and on environmental justice issues in central Europe. Since 2016, he managed a large international project called BlueHealth, which focused on quantifying the positive effects that the natural environment—in particular blue spaces like coasts, rivers and lakes—can have on human health and well-being. He holds research positions at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (part of the University of Exeter Medical School) and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Thursday June 17th 7:00pm: “Carbon removal using waste to achieve net zero”: Presented by Brian Reynolds

Brian was raised in Highcliffe and was a founding shareholder and director of Standard Gas Technologies Ltd.  SGT have developed a ground breaking advanced thermal conversion technology that turns all wastes into a clean fossil fuel substitute gas and a carbon char, producing clean green carbon negative energy.

Thursday July 15th 7:00pm: “Why weren’t we warned: preventing the next disaster”: Presented by Professor Brian Golding.

During a long career with the Met Office, Professor. Golding has made major contributions to high resolution Numerical Weather Prediction and its use in a wide variety of applications, particularly flood prediction. He was instrumental in the early adoption of kilometre-scale weather models in the Met Office during his tenure as the Met Office’s Director of Weather Science. Since 2015, he has been co-chair of the World Meteorological Organisation’s High Impact Weather (#HIWeather) project which has brought together physical, social, behavioural and economic scientists to enhance the effectiveness of weather warnings. He is a visiting professor at Bristol University and was awarded the OBE in 2013 for services to severe weather forecasting.