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The Why, What and How of Interdisciplinary Endeavour

On Thursday 18 April 2024, EMB hosted its 39th Third Thursday Science Webinar featuring Nicola Beaumont who spoke on the topic of "The Why, What and How of Interdisciplinary Endeavour".

This topic is linked to the science within the upcoming EMB Position Paper No. 28 'Navigating the Future VI', in which Nicola is a co-author on the Ocean and People chapter.

Professor Nicola Beaumont is an internationally established expert in the assessment and valuation of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural capital. She leads the Sea and Society team at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Nicola has honorary professorships at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, and the College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter. Her research spans scales from local to global, and a variety of environmental challenges, including: renewable energy, plastic and nitrogen pollution, flood and erosion management, climate change, ocean acidification, and marine planning and policy. Nicola has extensive project management experience and as lead investigator, she has secured and managed >£5 million of research funding, including leading three large (£1 million+) multi-institute collaborative projects, and including co-investigator roles, she has contributed to over 50 research projects. She has a particular interest in interdisciplinary research.

Nicola has evidenced impact in the international policy sphere, and has contributed to a number of high level reports, including acting as the lead economist for marine and coastal margins for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) and The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review. She also sits on a wide range of committees including: NERC Science Committee; Defra Marine Natural Capital and ecosystem assessment advisory committee (mNCEA); H2020 BESIDE Scientific Steering Committee (Institutional, BEhavioural, critical and adaptive economics towards Sustainable Development, management of natural capital and circular Economy; and the National Oceanography Centre Science and Technology Advisory Committee.

Nicola is skilled in research communication including working with academics, policy makers, managers and varied research user groups. She embraces outreach and media, including festival related STEM activities, YouTube, and interviews with radio, newspaper and television. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is of paramount importance to Nicola and she is experienced in the development and implementation of EDI strategies. As a senior academic Nicola draws on her people management skills to support and guide numerous teams, colleagues, and students, including formal and informal mentoring.

You can re-watch the webinar on the EMB YouTube Channel.

Download the slides from the presentation here.

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Online webinar