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: May 11, 2021 at 9:00am EDT
FOOD: THE POWER IS ON YOUR PLATE
Can Everybody Win?

Speaker: Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University
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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

Can Everybody Win?

A discussion of the tradeoffs that must be considered and addressed with a global food system transformation.

When: May 11, 2021 at 9:00AM EDT/1500 CEST
Who: Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University
Where: Zoom webinar, registration required

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About the Speaker:
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Jessica Fanzo is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA. She also serves as the Director of Hopkins’ Global Food Policy and Ethics Program, and as Director of Food & Nutrition Security at Hopkins’ Alliance for a Healthier World. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Global Food Security Journal and leads on the development, in collaboration with GAIN, of the Food Systems Dashboard. From 2017 to 2019, Jessica served as the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report, the UN High Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition, and the EAT Lancet Commission. Before coming to Hopkins, she has also held positions at Columbia University, the Earth Institute, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the UN World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. Jessica has a PhD in nutrition from the University of Arizona.

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: Grazed and Confused – The role of grazing livestock in a healthy and sustainable food future. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  7. Lawrence HaddadWhat lurks beneath – The hidden factors stopping food system transformation and how to bring them into the light. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  8. Sunita Narain: Leading the Way – The important role that India can play in showing the world that a healthy and sustainable food system is achievable.[Bio] [Watch the recording]

  9. Kristian Teleki: Food from the Ocean – The importance of food from the ocean in feeding the planet. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  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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