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41st T.B. Macaulay Lecture - The Challenge of Sustainable Development: From global UN policy to local community survival in the face of climate change

3 October 2018, 5.30 to 9.30pm
at Our Dynamic Earth, 112-116 Holyrood Gait, Edinburgh EH8 8AS
for directors, policymakers, researchers, elected representatives and anyone interested in sustainable development issues
Professor Jacqueline McGlade (courtesy)

Each year the Macaulay Development Trust, in partnership with the James Hutton Institute, hosts a world-renowned guest speaker for its annual TB Macaulay lecture. This year we have been lucky enough to secure Professor Jacqueline McGlade, former UN Chief Scientist and Director of the UN Environmental Programme.

This year's lecture will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Professor McGlade will discuss the lives and experiences of those facing the day-to-day challenges associated with climate change. She will share insights from her work in Kenya, and will draw on her experience at the UN, sharing the lessons learnt during the development and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as discussing their practical impact.

Professor Jacqueline McGlade is a British-born Canadian marine biologist and environmental informatics professor whose work on open access information, citizen science and big data has transformed the way many of the institutions to which she is affiliated access and share information.

As former Chief Scientist at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she was also the Director of the Division for Early Warning and Assessment, Prof. McGlade's work at UNEP focused on keeping the state of the environment under review through live open data monitoring with focus on air pollution, climate change, health and the development of the UN Sustainable Development Goals' environmental indicators.

The annual TB Macaulay lecture is held to honour the vision of Dr Thomas Bassett Macaulay, President and chairman of the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, whose benefaction founded the original Macaulay Institute for Soil Research in 1930. He was a descendant of the Macaulays from the Island of Lewis and his aim was to improve the productivity of Scottish agriculture. This vision continues today in its successor the James Hutton Institute, a world-leader in land, crop, water, environmental and socio-economics science.

Event programme

5.30pm Registration
6.00pm Lecture commences
7.00pm Panel discussion
8.00pm Networking drinks reception with finger buffet 
9.30pm Event closes 

To book your place, visit our Eventbrite event page. For further information email Nicola Strachan at

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.