UWTSD Experts take part in Learned Society of Wales International Symposium


25.09.2018

Experts from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David recently took part in the third Learned Society of Wales International Symposium: The Ethics of Sustainable Prosperity for All.

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Dr Jane Davidson and Tony Juniper, Campaigns Director at WWF and Professor of Practice at UWTSD attend Learned Society of Wales International Symposium

Organised by the Learned Society of Wales and the British Academy with the support of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the University of Johannesburg and the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study, the University of Sydney and Cardiff University the Symposium was part of the Learned Society of Wales’s international programme. 

UWTSD’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability, Dr Jane Davidson and Professor Mererid Hopwood from the University’s Athrofa: Institute of Education, presented at the international conference which was hosted by Dr Rowan Williams, Master, Magdalene College, Cambridge.  Dr Davidson took part in panel discussions entitled ‘Ethics and the Political Economy of Education for a Sustainable Future’ and ‘The Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015’ and Professor Hopwood was guest speaker the Symposium’s Gala Dinner.   UWTSD’s Professor John Wyn Owen also chaired a panel discussion entitled ‘Ethics and Governance for One Health: Globally Responsible in an Interconnected World and Tony Juniper, Campaigns Director at WWF and Professor of Practice at UWTSD contributed to a session on ‘The Global Commons’.

The three-day symposium was an opportunity to investigate the ethical issues and dilemmas that need to be addressed as the basis of a sustainable and prosperous future for all, in Wales, the UK and globally with a focus on intergenerational justice. Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability, Dr Jane Davidson said:

“It was an honour to be invited to contribute to this prestigious event. Wales is unique in its National Assembly having passed a Welsh law, the ‘Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act’ which introduces more ethical, long-term, collaborative, preventative approaches to Welsh public services’ delivery. Although the delivery on the Act is still in its early days, it enabled the symposium to explore opportunities and challenges both from the Welsh experience and from global contributors. UWTSD is committed to fostering opportunities for our staff and students to support the principle of the Act by becoming creative problem solvers and active citizens, contributing to a more peaceful and sustainable world."

Professor Mererid Hopwood added:

Much of the emphasis in the conference was on finding imaginative ways of removing the obstacles that cause inequality in the world. As well as learning from scientists and economists, philosophers and ecologists, we also looked at the world through the prism of bi- and multilingualism and found how this multiple perspective can lead to better understanding and innovation. The sessions were, without exception, stimulating and constructive."

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