in partnership with Cardiff University
The Cardiff University – IWA debate series brings together researchers, policymakers and practitioners to discuss topical issues at the heart of politics, society and the economy in Wales. Challenging assumptions and offering fresh thinking, the sessions support informed policymaking through constructive and engaging debate.
The BBC’s recent Blue Planet series brought the overwhelming amounts of plastic in our oceans to the public’s attention, and catalysed a growing demand to reduce our reliance on single-use plastics. Wales has led the way through inspirational volunteer-led initiatives such as Plastic Free Aberporth and the Welsh Government’s levy on plastic bags. But the scale of the challenge remains significant. What more can we do in Wales to make a global contribution and ensure our oceans aren’t more plastic than fish by 2050?
Confirmed speakers are:
- Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for Environment, Welsh Government
- Professor Steve Ormerod, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
- Gail Tudor, Filmmaker and Founder, Plastic Free Aberporth
- Oliver Hazell, Managing Director, GD Environmental
Welcome from Professor Karen Holford, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University
Opening speech from Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for Environment, Welsh Government
Chair introduces additional panelists and asks each for 2 minutes about their background:
Auriol Miller, Director, IWA (Chair)
Hannah Blythyn AM, Minister for Environment, Welsh Government
Gail Tudor, Filmmaker and Founder, Plastic Free Aberporth
Professor Steve Ormerod, Professor of Ecology, Cardiff University
Oliver Hazell, Managing Director, GD Environmental
Q&A with audience
Minister for Environment leaves – Q&A continues
Summary from Chair
Close of debate from Professor Karen Holford, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University
*Please note timings may be subject to slight changes
This is a free event, but places are limited so tickets must be booked in advance.
This event has been kindly supported by Eversheds-Sutherland