Megatrends & the future of the environmental sciences


The world is changing, and its relationship with science has never been as important as it is now.

Megatrends like climate change, rapid urbanisation, and economic, social, and technological developments are already fundamentally impacting the sector, and all have the potential to change the role of environmental science further.

As part of our Future of ES23 horizon scanning & foresight project, the IES held a discussion to facilitate conversations about how these megatrends may influence the future of the environmental sciences.

Huw Williams, SAMI Consulting (Megatrends)
Penelope Tollitt, Making Places Together (Urbanisation)
Professor David Viner FIEnvSci (Climate change)

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