Climate change was top of the agenda at the third University of Sussex Leaders’ Forum, held on Tuesday (1 May) at the London offices of lawyers Herbert Smith.
Hosted by Sussex graduates Colin Chamberlain, Andrew Newbery and Nick Elverston, who are all partners at this leading City law firm, the event was attended by about 50 Sussex alumni who are all successful in their respective fields.
The evening started with a discussion, focusing on aspects of climate change, led by two eminent Sussex academics. Professor Sue Hartley is an ecologist specialising in the study of plant-herbivore interactions and Professor Gordon MacKerron of SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research is director of the Sussex Energy Group, the largest social-science research group on energy in the UK.
Members of the audience made interesting contributions to the lively discussion, which was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alasdair Smith.
Following the discussion, guests had plenty of opportunity to meet with fellow Sussex graduates and with current Sussex staff.
These events are organised twice a year by the Development and Alumni Relations Office. “They are very popular with high-flying Sussex alumni,” said Sue Hepburn, Corporate Events Manager.