Women's Annual Lecture, Thursday 22 February 2024

The annual New College Women’s Lecture will take place at 5.45pm in the New College Chapel on Thursday 22 February 2024.

The lecture will be given by New College Old Member, Dame Eleanor-Jane Milner-Gulland DBE (1985, Biological Sciences). Eleanor-Jane (pictured) is the Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity in the Department of Biology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science and will speak on the topic: ‘A saiga saga: Geopolitical, cultural and environmental change in Russia and Central Asia over the past 35 years, reflected in a rollercoaster ride for one small antelope species and for the people trying to save it’. The lecture will last approximately one hour.

The event is free of charge. To book your place, please email the New College Development Office on oldmembers@new.ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 279509.

As it is term time, unfortunately parking will not be available, however, should you have mobility problems, please let us know, so that we can see what might be possible.

About the speaker:
Professor Dame E.J. Milner-Gulland is Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford. She is Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science in the Department of Biology; a group of around 40 researchers covering a range of research areas within the broad area of understanding, predicting, and mitigating biodiversity impacts, and monitoring and evaluating conservation interventions for their social and biodiversity outcomes. This includes large programmes on food systems, Nature Positive transitions, the wildlife trade, and social justice and equity. She aims to ensure that all the research in her group is addressing issues identified by practitioners and policymakers, is carried out collaboratively with end-users, and builds the capacity of early-career conservationists, particularly in low-income countries. She has launched several initiatives which aim to change the real-world conversation around conservation, including the Nature-Positive Universities initiative and the Conservation Optimism movement. She is the Chair of the UK Government's Darwin Expert Committee and sits on the Defra Biodiversity Expert Committee and HM Treasury Biodiversity Valuation group, as well as sitting on numerous international working groups and chairing two Boards of Trustees. She has two Honorary Doctorates, has won four awards for her research, and was made a Dame of the British Empire for services to international conservation in the 2023 King's Birthday Honours. Internally she served as Head of Department through the merger between Zoology and Plant Sciences, then Associate Head for People in the Biology Department.

Photo © John Cairns

Professor Dame E.J. Milner-Gulland is Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford.
February 2024
17:45 - 18:45
New College Chapel
Eligible audience
New College Old Members
Dress code
Smart casual