Keynote speakers

Day 1: Opening Keynote

Professor David Nutt, Imperial College London

David Nutt is currently the Edmond J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London. He is Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) and Vice-President of the European Brain Council. In addition he is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He is also the UK Director of the European Certificate and Masters in Affective Disorders Courses and a member of the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy.

Previously he has been member and Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD – 1998-2009), member of the HEFCE/NHS Senior Lecturer Selection Panel and member of the MRC Neuroscience Board. Other previous national contributions include serving as the medical expert on the Independent Inquiry into the Misuse of Drugs Act (2000 Runciman report), and membership of the Committee on Safety of Medicines, the Committee on NHS drugs and the Ministry of Defence Science Advisory Board.

He broadcasts widely to the general public both on radio and television including BBC science and public affairs programmes on therapeutic as well as illicit drugs, their harms and their classification. He also lecturers widely to the public as well as to the scientific and medical communities. In 2010 The Times Eureka science magazine included him in the 100 most important figures in British Science, and the only psychiatrist.


Professor David Nutt, DM FRCP FRCPsych FMedSci, Edmond J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London


Day 2: Opening Keynote

Professor Mike Hulme, King's College London

Mike Hulme is currently Professor of Climate and Culture at King's College London. Previously he was professor of Climate Change in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

He served on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1995 to 2001 and has advised the EU Commission, the UK Government, international agencies and many private and third sector organisations about climate change.

He is the author of Can Science Fix Climate Change? A Case Against Climate Engineering (Polity Press, 2014), Exploring Climate Change Through Science and In Society (Routledge, 2013), Making Climate Change Work For Us (co-edited, CUP, 2010) and Why We Disagree About Climate Change (CUP, 2009), chosen by The Economist magazine as one of its science and technology books of the year.

Mike Hulme is a frequent speaker about climate change at academic, professional and public events, and for the media. He pioneered and wrote a monthly climate column for The Guardian newspaper between 1988 and 2000.

Mike Hulme  

Professor Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate and Culture, King's College London


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