Welcome to Dundee

Professor Sir Pete Downes
The University of Dundee is delighted to host Transformations 2017, organised by our very own Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience. The University’s core purpose is to transform the lives of our staff and students and those who benefit from the impact of our research. It is therefore especially appropriate that we support the transformational thinking needed to sustain our planet. 2017 is our 50th year as an independent university and I look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world to join in the celebrations.

Professor Sir Pete Downes
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Tim Newman
The mission of the University of Dundee is “Transforming Lives” and so it is a great privilege for the University to host the third Biennial International Conference on Transformations to Sustainability. Indeed, Sustainability is one of three strategic themes at the University of Dundee, and CECHR plays a fundamental role within this theme of connecting disciplines, researchers and students within the University, and dynamically interfacing this network of activity to partners such as the James Hutton Institute and to the wider international community. Sustainability in all its forms is crucial to all our futures, and we understand that transformation is fundamental to new understanding and impact. This in turn requires bringing together passionate individuals from academia, industry, government and community groups to find common ground (and hopefully some uncommon ground too). I am confident therefore that this will be a stimulating and ground-breaking conference, and I look forward to attending and learning about the progress in Transformation to Sustainability.

Professor Tim Newman
Vice-Principal (Research, Knowledge Exchange and Wider Impact)

Professor Colin Campbell
The James Hutton Institute, with research sites in Dundee and Aberdeen, Scotland, focuses on Transformative Science with aims to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Our ethos is inspired by James Hutton whose theories of the Earth – published in the 18th century – fundamentally changed the way people thought of the our world. Like Hutton our research seeks to challenge conventional wisdom and find new ways of working, in partnership – via inter and trans disciplinary approaches – to solve the pressing challenges currently facing our world. Our partnership with the University of Dundee and the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience are important examples of this commitment to change as is our involvement in hosting the Transformations2017 Conference.  I look forward to seeing you at the Conference and its associated events.’

Professor Colin Campbell
Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute