Science and campaigning: how research can change the world

  • Thu 4 Mar 21

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    William McCallum

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr Anna Sturrock

How do civil society and scientists work together to create political change?

This talk will give an inside look at how Greenpeace's oceans campaigns use research and evidence to inform their advocacy, strategies and campaigning tactics. Everything from testing all of the UK's major rivers for microplastics to large scale modelling of marine protected areas in international waters, from counting penguins, to identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems.

Over the years that Will McCallum has been leading Greenpeace's oceans campaigns, research and scientists have played a crucial role in shaping what we do, join this talk to find out more about how.


This talk was originally due to be held on 14th January, but has been moved to 4th March due to unforeseen circumstances.

Science and campaigning: how research can change the world


Will has been at Greenpeace since 2012, and has led their oceans campaigns for nearly six years. Starting out in fisheries policy he’s worked on all areas of ocean conservation and sustainability, including founding their plastics and global marine reserves campaigns. He regularly goes out on Greenpeace’s ships to campaign against unsustainable fishing practices, most recently to Antarctica in early 2020, and works with scientists across the world to campaign for change. He is the author of How to Give Up Plastic, published by Penguin Life in 2018.

How to attend

Please register on Zoom for this online event. If you have any queries email Dr Anna Sturrock (anna.sturrock@essex.ac.uk).

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