Colleagues pay tribute to Sir Crispin Tickell

20 July 2010


Friends and academics gathered in Oxford last night to celebrate the 80th birthday of Sir Crispin Tickell, former Warden of Green College (now called Green Templeton College).

Sir Crispin has played a pivotal role at the James Martin School as the Director of the Policy Foresight Programme which hosts seminars on issues of science, technology, and the environment to convene wide ranging expertise and identify ways to influence policy. Outside Oxford, some of Sir Crispin achievements include time as President of the Royal Geographical Society, British Representative to the UN and UK Ambassador to Mexico. He remains one of the world’s leading thinkers on issues relating to the environment and climate change.

A highlight of last night’s celebrations was the lecture from Professor Sir David King in honour of Sir Crispin, which explored many of the causes and possible solutions to the environmental issues facing our planet. The presentation emphasised the importance and urgency for academic work to engage with policy in order to establish more effective decision making on some of the world’s most urgent challenges. It also recognised the pivotal role that Sir Crispin has played in bringing scientific research to the policy world.

After the lecture guests were treated to a drinks reception at the Radcliffe Observatory with many remaining for a dinner hosted by Professor Colin Bundy, Principal of Green Templeton College.

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