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

Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 10 am–4pm EDT

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.

This year's Fuller Symposium, Nature-based Solutions: Global Challenges, Greener Futures, will bring together scientists to discuss Nature-Based Solutions and their potential benefits and limitations for people and nature. Join us as we examine specific case studies, identify outstanding questions in this field, and consider 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: October 28, 2020 at 10:00am EDT
FOOD: THE POWER IS ON YOUR PLATE
Healthy Diets for Healthy People
Speaker: Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

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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.

When: September 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM EDT / 1500 CEST
Who: Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-Genral for the 2021 Food Systems Summit
Where: Zoom webinar, registration required

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About the Seminar: 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.

About the Speaker:

Portrait of Agnes Kalibata

As the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy, Dr. Agnes Kalibata works with the United Nations system and key partners to provide leadership, guidance, and strategic direction towards the 2021 Food Systems Summit. She is responsible for outreach and cooperation with key leaders, including governments, to ensure the Summit serves as a catalytic process within the Decade of Action to improve food systems around the world to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Agreement.

Since 2014, Dr. Kalibata has also served as President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where she leads the organization’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa.

Prior to joining AGRA in September 2014, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) from 2008 to 2014, where she drove programs that moved her country from a food insecure to a food secure status and became a reference point for other countries that sought to deliver agriculture transformation. Dr. Kalibata has held several other leadership positions, including Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Rwanda. She also worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Uganda, and various other agricultural development organizations. She sits on various boards, councils and commissions including the Global Commission on Adaptation, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, the Global Panel for Agriculture & Food Systems for Nutrition, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP), the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, the Malabo-Montpellier Panel, and Africa Risk Capacity, among others.

Dr. Kalibata has a distinguished track record as an agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader. She was awarded the Yara Prize, now the Africa Food Prize, in 2012, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Liège in 2018, an Honorary Doctorate from McGill Univeristy in 2019, and the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal in April, 2019 for her work to drive Africa’s agricultural transformation through modern sciences and effective policy thereby improving livelihoods of stallholder farmers. Dr. Kalibata holds a doctorate in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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 (October 28, 10:00AM to 11:00AM EDT/1500 to 1600 CEST): 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] [Register Now]

  4. David Tilman (November 10, 9:00AM to 10:00AM EDT/1500 to 1600 CEST): 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] [Register Now]

  5. Renata Micha (December 8, 9:00AM to 10:00AM EDT/1500 to 1600 CEST): 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] [Register Now]

*2021 Seminars will be added at a later date

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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