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: December 8, 2020 at 9:00am EST
FOOD: THE POWER IS ON YOUR PLATE
The State of the World’s Nutrition

Speaker: Dr. Renata Micha, Research Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts 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

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

When: December 8, 2020 at 9:00AM EST/1500 CEST
Who: Dr. Renata Micha, Research Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
Where
: Zoom webinar, registration required

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About the Speaker:
Portrait of Renata Micha

Dr. Renata Micha is Research Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Chair of the Global Nutrition Report’s Independent Expert Group. Dr. Micha is a registered clinical dietician, public health nutritionist and epidemiologist whose research focuses on the effects of diet on health, and on population strategies to improve diet. Dr. Micha is Senior Investigator in current iterations of the Global Dietary Database (GDD), aiming to characterize diet habits and corresponding impacts on health on a global scale. Dr. Micha has also been instrumental in establishing and coordinating the work of the Food Policy Review and Intervention Cost-Effectiveness (Food-PRICE) initiative. As part of this initiative, she leads and guides components relating to modeling the health and economic impacts of food policies to improve diet and health in the US.

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 (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]

  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. [Register Now]

  7. Lawrence Haddad (February 23, 2021, 9:00AM to 10:00AM EST/1500 to 1600 CET): A Fair and Just Transition – The moral imperative for ensuring a global food system that works for every person. [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. [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. [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. [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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