UWE HOSTS DISCUSSION ON CHINA'S WILD FUTURE

Issue date: 24 September 2002


The effects of China’s surge of economic expansion on creatures such as the Yangtze River Dolphin, the Panda, and the South China Tiger will be highlighted by wildlife and environment expert John Liu, in a public talk sponsored by the University of the West of England. The event is part of the 2002 Wildscreen Festival, and will take place on Saturday 19 October 2002 at St George’s, Brandon Hill at 11am.

John, who has lived in China for 20 years, is a key player in educating the public both in China and the West on science and environment issues. He has worked for a number of major broadcasters including CBS and produces the Earth Report film series for BBC World. He is one of the judges of this year’s Wildscreen Awards, and is currently producing a film about China with Jane Goodall.

The talk on endangered species and the effects of urbanisation will be illustrated with examples of a wide range of eco-systems from across South East Asia. There will be an audience question and answer session (come along to find out how many chickens would be needed if everyone in China wanted two eggs for breakfast every day!).

John will be introduced by Dr Peter Spencer-Phillips, Head of the School of Biosciences at the University of the West of England. UWE scientists who are actively supporting study on China's sustainable future include Jim Longhurst, adviser on reducing air pollution ahead of the Olympics; Frank Burnet, mastermind of public science education programmes such as Science on the Buses and Science in the Fast Lane, and Neil Willey, who is working on a project with colleagues in China on using plants to clean up polluted soil.

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Editor’s notes

1. All are welcome to this free event (suitable for children and adults). For tickets contact Alison Greenslade or Linda Stephens, Centre for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY. Telephone: 0117 344 2042, Fax: 0117 344 2688,
Email: crigs@uwe.ac.uk

2. This illustrated talk is part of the Bigger Picture strand of Wildscreen 2002 – visit www.wildscreen.org.uk

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