The DICE Lecture is a public event given each year by a distinguished scientist or practitioner on an important conservation topic. It is also annual get-together where we celebrate the achievements of our students, staff and alumni.

The 2023/24 DICE Lecture will be given by Professor Juliet Vickery, CEO of the British Trust for Ornithology. Her talk is on Thursday March 14th 2024 from 18:00 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 and will be entitled “Evidence-based conservation action for birds in farmland, forests and flyways”.

Everyone is welcome to attend free of charge and it will also be broadcast live.

Previous DICE lectures

2022/23 – Professor Dave Goulson, University of Sussex

Silent Earth: averting the insect apocalypse

2021/22 – Professor EJ Milner-Gulland, University of Oxford

Finding optimism in a time of biodiversity crisis

2020/21 – Professor Erik Meijaard, Borneo Futures – Science for Change

When to rescue orangutans, and other conservation dilemmas

2019/20 – Dr Jane Goodall DBE, Jane Goodall Institute
Gombe and beyond: Chimpanzees, conservation and change

2018/19 – Professor Chris Thomas, University of York
Surviving the Anthropocene: a story of biological gains and losses

2017/18 – Cathy Dean, CEO of Save The Rhino International
The appliance of science: thorny issues in rhino conservation

2016/17 – Tony Juniper CBE, independent sustainability and environment adviser
Why ecology and economy must embrace

2015/16 – Professor Rosie Woodroffe, Institute of Zoology, London
Badgering: The Science, Policy and Politics of Managing Cattle TB

2014/15 – Stanley Johnson, Politician and author
Forty years of environmental policy: has it made a difference? A personal perspective

2013/14 – Professor John Mackinnon
Passing the Baton – 50 years in Conservation

2012/13 – Dr Peter Bridgewater, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Seven Types of Ambiguity: Confusing Conversations in Conservation

2011/12 – Professor Jon Hutton, Director of UNEP-WCMC
Conservation in a Global Garden

2010/11 – Richard Burrett, UNEP Finance Initiative
The Notion of Capital in Biodiversity Conservation

2009/10 – Professor Luigi Boitani
The challenge of large carnivore conservation in Europe

2008/09 – Professor Callum Roberts
The past and future of coral reefs: exploitation, tourism and climate change

2007/08 – Professor Michael Samways FRSSAf
Insect conservation: overcoming the big biodiversity bluff?

2006/07 – Willem Wijnstekers
Can CITES be a guarantee for sustainability?

2005/06 – Professor Bill Adams
Biodiversity, poverty and development: the challenge for conservation

2004/05 – Dr John Robinson
The Bushmeat Crisis: hunting for sustainability in tropical forests

2003/04 – Professor Ian Swingland
Capturing carbon and conserving biodiversity: the market approach

2002/03 – Professor John Croxall CBE FRS
The Southern Ocean: a model system for conserving marine resources?

2001/02 – Professor Norman Myers CMG
Perverse subsidies: bad news for our environments and our economies

2000/01 – Professor Georgina Mace CBE FRS
Endangered species: Red listing for conservation

1999/2000 – Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE
International conservation and the survival of indigenous people

1998/99 – Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS
Forest, fishes, farms and the future of the Amazon region

1997/98 – Professor Ian Newton FRSE FRS
Birds and agriculture: pesticides, hedgerows and land use

1996/97 – Dr Richard Laws CBE FRS
Conserving the world’s largest mammals: elephants, whales and river horses

1995/96 – Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG KCVO
Greenery and governance

1994/95 – Sir Robert May AC FRS
What is biodiversity and does it affect ecosystem stability?

1993/94 – Rt Hon Michael Howard QC MP
Sustainable management after Rio

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