Last week, University of Reading Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell visited Walker to find out more about the important work the Institute is involved in. Walker is an Interdisciplinary Research Institute at the University of Reading, and this designation fits well with its vision of bringing together researchers, practitioners and decision-makers from different backgrounds to make a difference in people's lives by shaping climate-resilient futures in some of the world’s most fragile environments.
Sir David spent time with the Leadership Team finding out about Walker’s strategic direction, and had discussions with members of staff about the different projects and initiatives they are involved in. He also met with a group of postgraduate research students who have recently benefitted from Walker’s successful capacity development programmes: COP Climate Action Studio (COP CAS) and Climate Services Academy and Training (CSAT). The students described their personal experiences of these programmes with Sir David and discussed how this has then impacted on them, their PhDs and future career directions.
Sir David Bell said: “During my visit to the Walker Institute, I was very impressed by the range of work that is currently being undertaken and the optimism of those that I met. Encouragingly, there are many further possibilities for the Institute to have a profound impact across the world. I look forward to hearing more about the new opportunities that I am sure will be secured in the months and years ahead.”
Professor Ros Cornforth, Director of the Walker Institute, said “It was an absolute pleasure to host Sir David Bell and discuss our work at Walker with him. We are incredibly passionate about sharing what we do in Walker and the ways in which we can continue to work within the University of Reading to help drive interdisciplinary engagement. The staff and students found their discussions with Sir David really helpful and insightful, and we hope he will come and visit us again soon.”