3:00PM – 4:00PM
12th November
Lecture Hall | Clifton Pavilion

As communicators we often have to navigate emotive, polarising topics which can be framed in very black-and-white terms or feel too controversial to approach at all. From Palm oil to hunting and climate change, how do we break the silence and communicate the complexity of these issues to develop real world solutions?

This session is made possible by support from the Economic & Social Research Council


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Katie Major

Katie is the Conservation Psychologist and Campaigns Manager at Bristol Zoological Society and is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating behaviour change campaigns which encourage the public to perform pro-environmental behaviours. She manages the Supporting Sustainable Palm Oil campaign, and is part of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Palm Oil Working Group and Soil Association’s Deforestation and Palm Oil Task and Finish Group. With an MSc in Primate Conservation, she has also worked with indigenous hunter-gatherers in the Philippines.

Katie’s session Taboo Subjects and Red Herrings

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Mark Simpson

Mark works with a talented team of writers, filmmakers and marketers at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). Working with his team he makes content that informs, inspires and empowers people so they know how, when, where and why to get the most out of wetlands. Mark started at WWT 12 years ago as a press officer, and worked for The Wildlife Trusts before then. Mark has been part of the Communicate committee for many years.

Mark’s session Taboo Subjects and Red Herrings

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Robin Webster

Robin has been a researcher, journalist and communicator in the environmental sector for fifteen years, and on climate change specifically for the last decade. She first became interested in how we talk and think about climate change – and the disconnect that often exists between the political debate around climate and the conversations held elsewhere – whilst working as a climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth. Robin subsequently helped start up the climate science and energy blog Carbon Brief, where she spent several years disentangling the intricacies of climate policy for a wider audience. She most recently worked as a researcher for the European Climate Foundation, and over the course of her career she has advised a large number of grassroots NGOs, universities and campaign organisations, writing extensively about food sustainability, the global energy system and climate impacts amongst other issues.

Robin’s session Taboo Subjects and Red Herrings

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