Dr Samantha Burgess
Sam’s most recent position was as Chief Scientific Advisor and Director of Evidence for the Marine Management Organisation which manages and regulates fishing, planning, licencing and conservation activities in England. Prior to her work in government, Sam led the marine programme for an international non-governmental organisation focussing on citizen science and conservation.
Sam has publications in earth system science, marine ecology and aquaculture and her career has spanned the academic, not-for-profit, consultancy and government sectors. Sam’s academic background includes research on a variety of marine environments. Her PhD in marine geochemistry and palaeoclimate is from the Australian National University.
Dr Ed Hawkins
Ed is a climate scientist with a focus on predicting short term climate variability. He is interested in understanding how businesses can reduce risk by adapting to climate changes and variability. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading.
Ed has many peer-reviewed publications and is an author on the most recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) assessment report, published in 2013. Ed has a PhD from the University of Nottingham and an MSc from the University of Reading. He is keen public speaker and often communicates to public groups about climate change and implications for society. For more information, follow him on twitter (@ed_hawkins) or see his home page.