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Talk on ecosystems opens 2017-8 Public Lecture Series at Wrexham Glyndwr University

5 September 2017

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Resilience in ecosystems, contemporary art and the future of Faith in Wales lead a diverse line-up of topics for a new lecture series.

Wrexham Glyndwr University’s latest Public Lecture Series starts this autumn featuring talks by internationally-renowned academics.

David Skydmore’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture on Wednesday 11 October will be the first of several events.

Professor Skydmore is Chair of Rural Policy at the university’s School of Social and Life Sciences and academic lead at its Northop campus.

His talk – titled The Coils of the Spring: Resilience and Inspirations from Ecosystems – will explore the complex nature of ecosystems and how the growth and form of trees provide messages about how human systems can be managed.

The lecture will draw upon Professor Skydmore’s 30 plus years of experience in horticulture, wildlife and plant biology, using examples from facilities at Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Northop campus.

Here, an organic market garden hosts community growing plots, a sustainable woodland is being restored to its deciduous state and meadows are being managed for diversity to provide research and experimental areas for students.

Katie Dutton, conference and events marketing coordinator, said: “Our Professorial Lecture series is all about connecting some of our most influential academics with the general public. As a community university we’re passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with a wider audience.

“Professor Skydmore’s talk is just the start of this year’s series, with more to be added from across our portfolio of academic and research areas.”

Also confirmed for the 2017-18 Public Lecture Series are talks by Professor Alec Shepley on Wednesday 15 November and a look at the Future of Faith in Wales on Tuesday 21 November with Professor Wayne Morris.

All talks are free to attend and open to all.

The Coils of the Spring: Resilience and Inspirations from Ecosystems by Professor David Skydmore takes places at the Nick Whitehead Theatre, Wrexham Glyndwr University, on Wednesday 11 October at 6pm.

The free event is supported by the Royal Society of Biology as part of Biology Week 2017. There will be a welcome drinks reception from 5.30pm and an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the lecture.

Bookings are now open via Eventbrite.

All of the university’s upcoming lectures are listed on our new public lectures website.

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