Are you someone who loves the outdoors and are enthusiastic about our planet and the environment we live in? 

Here’s a GREAT Talks lecture by Dr. Douglas Gurr, Director -Natural History Museum, UK that you must attend to get an insight into our world and the planetary emergency it faces while we live in a critical time of biodiversity loss, climate breakdown and disease outbreak. Dr. Douglas will also throw some light on why it is imperative to create advocates for the planet – people who speak up on behalf of nature, and ultimately will take action to protect it.  

At the event,  you will also get a chance to meet two young wildlife photographers Aishwarya Sridhar and Vidyun R Hebbar to hear their take on how images can spark reactions amongst people in the world. 

What is GREAT Talks? 

GREAT Talks is a lecture series by celebrated UK professionals, scientists and science communicators organized and curated by the British Council across India.  The event offers Indian students a unique opportunity to meet with prominent educationists, scientists and science communicators and explore new options for education in the UK. Through these interactions, GREAT Talks aims to motivate young Indian students to plan their careers effectively. 

Date: Thursday, 18 November 2021
Time: 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. (IST)
Topic: Creating advocates for the planet 
Speaker: Dr. Douglas Gurr

Speaker profile

Dr. Douglas Gurr was appointed Director of The Natural History Museum in December 2020. Previously, Doug was Country Manager of Amazon UK and President of Amazon China. Earlier roles included the civil service, partner at McKinsey and Company, Director at Asda-Walmart and founder CEO of internet start-up Blueheath. He is also Chairman of the British Heart Foundation, a non-executive Director at the Department of Health and Social Care, and former Chairman of the Science Museum. 

He studied at University of Cambridge with degree in mathematics and PHD in Computing from University of Edinburgh. Dr Gurr also taught mathematics and computing at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. 

He is a former Scottish international triathlete, 12 times Ironman, keen ski mountaineer with over 20 first ascents, and an enthusiastic mountain runner.