Cafe Sci - Rewilding and natural habitat expansion in Scotland

This is a past event

The University of Aberdeen's Cafe Scientifique returns with a special Explorathon edition.

Join Professor David Burslem as he explores the potential conflicts and compromises over land use that may emerge as a response to climate change, biodiversity loss and food insecurity.

In the public sphere, local and national policies are being promoted that would enhance afforestation to capture carbon in new trees. The Scottish Government’s draft Biodiversity Strategy, which is currently out for consultation, includes commitments to restore and expand natural habitats for biodiversity conservation, and governments at multiple levels have signed up to international policies that envisage the restoration of ecosystems for biodiversity. Private landowners are also contributing to this agenda, especially in Scotland which houses several large-scale efforts to rewild the countryside.  

As a result, landscapes are set to change, which may have significant implications for food production, where and how people live, and the way that different land-uses are valued.  

The University of Aberdeen's Cafe Scientifique returns in September 2022 after its Covid-enforced pause as part of a special Explorathon edition. Explorathon is Scotland’s largest public engagement with research festival and seeks to bring researchers into local communities. 



David Burslem, Director for Interdisciplinary Centre for Environment and Biodiversity
Hosted by
Public Engagement with Research Unit
Aberdeen Art Gallery

Browse or Search Archive