Science Policy Lecture 2016: Extinction of Experience: Causes and Consequences

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 11


18:00-19:00 Thursday 21 April 2016

Science Policy

Alongside the global biodiversity crisis there is an ongoing extinction of experience. People, particularly in more urbanized countries, are becoming progressively less likely to have contact with nature in their daily lives. This has profound implications for human health and wellbeing, and for attitudes and behaviour toward the natural world. This presentation will explore the causes and consequences of the extinction of experience, and will highlight some key implications for science policy

Organised jointly with the Systematics Association. Professor Kevin J Gaston, Director of the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, leads basic, strategic and applied research in ecology and conservation biology, with particular emphasis on ecosystem goods and services, land use strategies, and urban ecology. He is also an Honorary Professor at South Africa’s University of Stellenbosch and a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary. Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception. Image © Matt Jessop.