Fuller Science for Nature Fund

Overview

Kathryn Fuller

Kathryn S. Fuller, former president and chief executive of World Wildlife Fund

The Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund supports and harnesses the most promising conservation science research and puts it into practice. Named in honor of the former president and CEO of WWF-US, the fund supports an annual Science for Nature Symposium featuring global leaders in science, policy, and conservation. Additionally, a regular seminar series provides a regular forum for the conservation community.

The human health and conservation connection

Human health and the health of our environment are inextricably linked. Our collective resilience, well-being, nutrition, and ability to avert disease is fully connected to the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the ways we interact with nature.

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What WWF Is Doing

2020 Fuller Symposium

Nature-based Solutions: Global Challenges, Greener Futures


In the face of the ongoing climate crisis, there is an urgent need to identify and scale-up solutions that work with nature rather than against it. In recent years, Nature-Based Solutions have been put forward as a way to address the climate crisis and associated socio-economic challenges.

On October 20th, the 2020 Fuller Symposium, Nature-based Solutions: Global Challenges, Greener Futures, brought together scientists to discuss Nature-Based Solutions and their potential benefits and limitations for people and nature. The symposium examined Nature-based Solutions for climate mitigation through trees and adaptation through coastal protection, identified outstanding questions in this field, and considered how we can implement and scale Nature-Based Solutions in a post-COVID world.

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About the Series

WWF’s Science for Nature Seminars provide a regular forum for the conservation community to learn, discuss, network and inspire. The series seeks to advance the discussion of cutting edge research relating to international conservation by featuring distinguished scientists from across the globe. Seminars are:

  • Free
  • Open to the public
  • Held remotely via Zoom (registration is required to receive link to the event)

For more information, contact Kate Graves at 202-495-4604.

Science for Nature Seminar Series

Fuller Seminar: January 26, 2021 at 9:00am EST
FOOD: THE POWER IS ON YOUR PLATE
Grazed and Confused

Speaker: Tara Garnett, Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, Fellow of the Oxford Martin School

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Fuller Seminar: February 23, 2021 at 9:00am EST
FOOD: THE POWER IS ON YOUR PLATE
What Lurks Beneath

Speaker: Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director at Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

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Fuller Seminar Series Food Logo - Various edible items arranged to spell the word Food

FOOD: THE POWER IS ON YOUR PLATE
Transforming our food systems for a nature-positive, carbon-neutral future

About the Series:
It is well-documented that how we produce and consume food plays a major role in climate change and nature loss – and that it could get worse as we strive to feed a bigger and richer population. But food systems can also be part of the solution, not just for food security, but also for a nature-positive, carbon-neutral future. Although we need food system transformation and a level of collaboration never seen before on the global level, local actions will look different around the world and rely on very different stakeholders. There are just nine harvests left in which we must make significant progress or face irreversible damages – collaboration and transformation needs to happen now.

This series, jointly presented by WWF Food and the Fuller Science for Nature Fund, will feature a dozen experts from across the food system and explore some of the most pressing issues: from how to achieve healthy and nutritious diets for all, to the role of our oceans in providing food; from the importance of pastoral communities in Africa to the role of public-private partnerships. Join us as we discuss how to work together to deliver a sustainable future, in which everyone has access to healthy and nutritious food.

Next Seminar

Grazed and Confused

The role of grazing livestock in a healthy and sustainable food future

When: January 26, 2021 at 9:00AM EST/1500 CEST
Who: Tara Garnett, Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, Fellow of the Oxford Martin School
Where: Zoom webinar, registration required

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About the Speaker:
Headshot of Tara Garnett

Tara has worked on food for over 25 years within both the NGO and academic sectors. Since 2012 she has been a researcher at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, a fellow of the Oxford Martin School and part of the Wellcome Trust-funded LEAP project. In 2005 she founded the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), Table’s precursor. Tara has a degree in English Literature (University of Oxford), a Masters in Development Studies (School of Oriental and African Studies) and a PhD from the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey. In 2015 she was awarded the Premio Daniel Carasso.

Series Overview:

  1. Johan Rockström: The Urgent Need for a Food System Transformation – Why a transformation of the global food system is critical for meeting global commitments such as the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  2. Agnes Kalibata: A Call for Collective Action on Food – An overview of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and why collective action is needed from all citizens to radically change the way we produce, process, and consume food. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  3. Walter Willett: Healthy Diets for Healthy People – A discussion of the latest research on the science behind healthy diets and the urgent need to change what we eat. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  4. David Tilman: Food Systems to Safeguard Biodiversity and Nature – An overview of the latest science on the central role that food plays in safeguarding biodiversity and nature. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  5. Renata Micha: The State of the World’s Nutrition – An overview of the 2020 Global Nutrition Report and how the world is doing on achieving global nutrition goals. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  6. Tara Garnett (January 26, 2021, 9:00AM to 10:00AM EST/1500 to 1600 CET): Grazed and Confused – The role of grazing livestock in a healthy and sustainable food future. [Bio] [Register Now]

  7. Lawrence Haddad (February 23, 2021, 9:00AM to 10:00AM EST/1500 to 1600 CET): What lurks beneath: the hidden factors stopping food system transformation and how to bring them into the light.[Bio] [Register Now]

  8. Sunita Narain (March 23, 2021 10:00AM to 11:00AM EDT/1500 to 1600 CET): Leading the Way – The important role that India can play in showing the world that a healthy and sustainable food system is achievable.[Bio] [Register Now]

  9. Kristian Teleki (April 13, 2021, 9:00AM to 10:00AM EDT/1500 to 1600 CEST): Food from the Ocean – The importance of food from the ocean in feeding the planet. [Bio] [Register Now]

  10. Jessica Fanzo (May 11, 2021, 9:00AM to 10:00AM EDT/1500 to 1600 CEST): Can Everybody Win? – A discussion of the tradeoffs that must be considered and addressed with a global food system transformation. [Bio] [Register Now] 

 

Projects

  • Kathryn S. Fuller Science for Nature Seminar Series

    WWF’s Science for Nature Seminars provide a regular forum for the conservation community to learn, discuss, network and inspire. The series seeks to advance the discussion of cutting edge research relating to critical topics in international conservation by featuring distinguished scientists from across the globe.

  • 2012 Fuller Symposium: Conservation Crime

    Global leaders shared their insights on the growing crisis of wildlife crime at the 2012 Fuller Symposium. The symposium was held on November 14, 2012 at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

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