Rhianna Jarvis
29 August 2018

Professor Kathy Willis, CBE announced as this year’s Burntwood speaker

The Burntwood Lecture was named after Lord Burntwood, a founding member of the Institution and our first chairman. Founded in 1994 to mark his contribution to the Institution, the lecture series takes place at the end of every year and provides a platform for a distinguished speaker to talk on a current, critical and often controversial environmental topic.

This year we welcome Professor Kathy Willis, CBE Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and recently appointed Principal of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford.

Can we put a price on biodiversity?

Attend this year’s Burntwood Lecture on Thursday 8th November at the Royal College of Physicians, London; and join the discussion as to whether placing a value on biodiversity and subsequently developing initiatives for its protection, will result in successful preservation or contribute to its deterioration.

The invited audience are persons of true significance in the environmental field from the professions, universities and government.


This event is free for IES members and invited guests. We anticipate a lot of interest for this fabulous speaker, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Book your space today (Password: IESBURNT2018)


The evening will commence with a drinks reception and provide ample opportunity to network throughout the event.

18:15 - Registration and drinks reception
19:00 - Welcome
19:10 - The Burntwood Lecture, with Professor Kathy Willis, CBE 
19:55 - Q&A Session
20:15 - Canapés and drinks reception
21.30 - Close

We look forward to seeing you there.


The IES aim to provide events, conferences and workshops which are accessible to all. If you anticipate needing any type of assistance to fully participate in this workshop, please email Rhianna Jarvis or call +44 (0)20 7601 1920 to speak to somebody in person.