CCI events

On this page you can find out about events that CCI is involved in hosting, as well as some of the events that CCI has held in the past. 

Future events

14 June Poetry Reading: Michael Longley and Nature and Place competition winners

Join us for a glass of wine or juice at 6pm at the David Attenborough Building. The 2018 Nature and Place Competition winners will read their winning poems at 7pm and will be followed by this year’s judge, Michael Longley reading from his work.

Michael Longley’s eleven poetry collections have received many awards, among them the Whitbread Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the Griffin International Prize and the PEN Pinter Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2006, and Sidelines: Selected Prose in 2017.

In 2001 he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 was Ireland Professor of Poetry. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast. In 2015, he was elected a Freeman of the City.

Public tickets cost £10 and can be booked in advance via Eventbrite (small booking fee applies), or you can pay for tickets on the door (cash only). 


Past events

Framing the future for biodiversity: 
10-13 April 2018, David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK

In 2020, governments from around the world will meet in Beijing, China, to adopt a new global biodiversity framework under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which will succeed the current Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets. This Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) provides a critical opportunity to create a strong, evidence-based biodiversity strategy that underpins sustainable development.

In April 2018 CCI hosted a number of high level events and workshops to feed into the development of the new global biodiversity strategy:

  • An expert meeting (10-12 April) examining the evidence base required to underpin the development of the new framework. This meeting brought together key science and policy specialists involved in different aspects of developing and implementing plans and strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and in reviewing their implementation. Outputs from the expert meeting will be introduced to governments and other stakeholders at CBD-related meetings in 2018 and subsequent years, as governments negotiate a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Organisation of the expert meeting was led by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, IUCN, BirdLife International, the RSPB and academics from the University of Cambridge, along with representatives from Defra, JNCC, WWF-UK and ZSL, and in discussion with the CBD Secretariat. We are grateful to UN Environment, Defra, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, JNCC, RSPB and the CCI Collaborative Fund for providing financial support.
  • public panel discussion, entitled “Setting a new post-2020 biodiversity agenda – the communications challenge” looked back at the expert meeting and investigated how to transform the complexity of biodiversity and the need to protect our natural world into effective messages to target and mobilise key audiences such as business, government, economics and the biodiversity conservation community itself. During the discussion we asked what narratives work or don’t work for each of these sectors. This public panel discussion provided a unique opportunity to hear from those at the forefront of international biodiversity policy development, as well as to gain insights from leaders in various sectors. A recording of the discussion is available to view online
  • communications workshop on 13 April, entitled “Many Voices - One Nature” brought together a range of communications experts, journalists and key figures from across various media organisations, NGOs, IGOs and the private sector to investigate the elements necessary for a biodiversity communication strategy. Convened by the CBD Secretariat and hosted by CCI, this meeting is the first in a series of dialogues and aims to catalyse the development of a roadmap for communication activities in the lead up to 2020. 

Science-Policy Challenges in Polar Conservation and Management: A workshop series co-convened by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) in 2017-18

Each of the workshops will focus on topical issues faced in the polar regions that are also of global relevance and that reach beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. By drawing on the Cambridge academic and conservation communities, we aim to provide a forum for gathering and sharing expertise.

The first workshop in the series was on: "Integrating climate science into ecosystem-based management" held on 9 November 2017. A report of this workshop can be downloaded here

The second worskhop was on "Plastics in the Oceans: Challenges and Solutions", held on 7 March 2018. A workshop report will follow shortly. 

For future events in this series, please check the series website:

Earth Optimism: 22 April 2017

Over 1,500 people came to the David Attenborough Building on 22 April 2017, to celebrate #EarthOptimism. You can view the talks given as part of this event, including by Dame Jane Goodall, Professor Steven Pinker and Sir David Attenborough, on the CCI YouTube channel

For more information, please visit our Earth Optimism event page.

New Networks for Nature: 22-24 September 2016

CCI was delighted to be a co-host for the New Networks for Nature conference, Nature Matters, in September 2016. This was the eighth New Networks for Nature conference, and the first to take place in Cambridge. Building on the broad interdisciplinary networks that the New Networks for Nature group have fostered over the years, speakers at this year's conference included poets, singers, researchers and journalists. The Saturday of the conference also offered a new feature, in which attendees were able to take part in practical workshops throughout the David Attenborough Building. The conference closed with a final sessions focusing on hope, which included a rousing (and hope-filled) speech by Sir David Attenborough; the video of this last session can be viewed here

You can read more about the conference on the New Networks for Nature website

The Youth Nature Network, A Focus on Nature, has also written a blog about attending the conference.