Autumn Science Lecture 2023: Prescribing Nature

Katherine Willis CBE is Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford and is Principal of St Edmund Hall. She is also a crossbench peer in the House of Lords. Her research falls into two categories. First, she aims to understand how plant biodiversity responds, over time and space, from years to millions of years and from local to global scales, to climate change and other environmental drivers. Second, she researches the flow and extent of critical ecosystem services that we obtain from plant biodiversity, such as the drawdown of atmospheric CO2, flood risk protection, clean water, soil erosion protection, and important spaces for enhancing physical and mental wellbeing.

This talk will focus on the evidence for the relationship between people's time spent in nature, and the health and wellbeing benefits this can bring.  This lecture is online, you will receive joining details after you register.

Please note that this talk will not be recorded.



Autumn Science Lectures 2023

Our Autumn Science Lecture series invites distinguished academics to deliver lectures on plant sciences and related areas of research. These lectures are online and are free for all to attend.
Book your place here.


Thursday 19 October

Dr Roberto Salguero-Gómez
"Have plants tapped into the fountain of eternal youth?"

Thursday 26 October Professor Baroness Kathy Willis
"Prescribing Nature: Understanding what happens when we see, touch and smell nature"


Thursday 9 November Professor Ilina Singh
Eco-Flourishing and Mental Health: Promises and Challenges
Thursday 23 November Professor Lars Østergaard
"Fruit development, morphology and evolution driven by a hormonal and genetic pas de deux"
Thursday 30 November Professor Yadvinder Malhi
"Tropical forests and planet earth: A macroscope view"