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Australians will get to hear from one of Europe's leading climate change experts, Professor Lord Krebs kt FRS FMedSci, as a result of an initiative of Professor Andy T.D. Bennett of Deakin's Centre for Integrative Ecology, and the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research.
Professor Lord Krebs will speak at a free public lecture in conversation with the ABC’s Robyn Williams concerning international and national perspectives on adapting to climate change.
The conversation will be at Deakin Edge, Federation Square on Wednesday 19 March (6.00pm - 7.00pm). It will focus on the UK and Europe's strategies for responding to climate change and lessons learnt that could be applicable to Australia’s climate adaptation challenges. The public lecture is part of the two-day annual forum of the Victorian government-funded Victorian Adaptation Forum, at which Professor Lord Krebs is also a plenary speaker.
During his visit to Deakin University, Professor Lord Krebs will also be talking to Zoology and Animal Science undergraduates and young postgraduate researchers at the Waurn Ponds campus.
Professor Lord Krebs chairs the UK House of Lords Select Committee for Science and Technology. He sits on the UK Climate Change Committee and chairs its Adaptation Sub-Committee. He is also Principal of Jesus College, Oxford.
Knighted in 1999, Lord Krebs began his research career in ornithology, with his research now spanning ecology, animal behaviour, neuroscience and climate change. He is the author of over 300 papers and has written multiple editions of the definitive textbooks in behavioural ecology, "Behavioural Ecology: an evolutionary approach." He has also co-authored papers with Richard Dawkins.
He has been President of the British Science Association, President of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Chief Executive of the UK's Natural Environment Research Council, and inaugural head of the UK's Food Standards Agency. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, and foreign fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences.