On Friday, March 14th 2014, Dr Sybil Seitzinger, Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, will give an open lecture on the origins of Earth system science and how this led to the concept of the Anthropocene – the notion that humanity has pushed Earth into a new geological epoch. Dr Seitzinger will explore the value of this concept within the natural and social sciences as Earth enters a “no analogue state”.

Dr Seitzinger will be joined by a panel of distinguished experts to discuss what this concept might mean culturally and politically. The panel includes: Dr Richard J.T. Klein, SEI; Emma Lindberg, Ministry of the Environment (Sweden); and Dr Johan Rockström, Stockholm Resilience Center. More panelists will be announced in the near future. SEI Executive Director Johan L. Kuylenstierna will chair and moderate the lecture.

About Dr. Sybil Seitzinger

Dr. Seitzinger is a pioneering scientist in land-atmosphere-ocean biogeochemistry, with a focus on changes in the global nitrogen cycle and how humans affect it. This has contributed to, for example, a greater understanding of the impacts of food and energy production in watersheds on marine ecosystems globally. Dr. Seitzinger is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recently served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). For 12 years, she was on the faculty of Rutgers University, in addition, Dr Seitzinger was director of the Rutgers/NOAA Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program and has served on numerous national and international advisory committees.

Starting in 1987, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme was the first major international research programme dedicated to driving research on the Earth system. IGBP has contributed to deepening understanding of the Earth as a system and the role humans now play in shaping that system. Nobel Laureate and former IGBP Vice Chair, Paul Crutzen proposed the concept of the Anthropocene at an IGBP meeting in 2000. This proposal came as a consequence of the substantial evidence accumulated and synthesized by IGBP.

About Gordon Goodman

Professor Gordon Goodman was the founding director of the Beijer Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Stockholm Environment Institute. Against the background of the unique contributions of Gordon Goodman to global environmental issues, a lecture will be held annually in his honour.

Time and place

Date: 14 March 2014, 13.30–16.45
Venue: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm
Organizers: Stockholm Environment Institute and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme