Since its creation in 2014, the role of Gresham College's Professor of the Environment has been filled by IES Vice President, Professor Carolyn Roberts. Her term is now coming to an end, so the College is looking to recruit the second holder in 2018. Could it be you?
Gresham College is an intriguing organisation. It has provided free public lectures, seminars and conferences in the City of London for over 400 years in a number of subject areas. The College was established out of the will of Sir Thomas Gresham, financial agent for four successive monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke both lectured at the College.
Gresham Professors must be able to communicate with a public audience who will not normally have specialist expertise in the subject area but will be informed people with a thirst for increased knowledge and understanding.
Applications are invited for the position of Professor of the Environment covering topics such as environmental science, ecology, botany and zoology, earth sciences, natural hazards, and environmental management.
The appointments are all part-time from 1 August 2018 and normally for three years. Gresham Professors must present six one-hour lectures each academic year. Attendance at Academic Board meetings four times per year and occasional social events is also expected.
The lectures attract large numbers of people and are also recorded and available through the internet, so candidates should have an interest in reaching a global public audience. The post offers excellent opportunities to widen public exposure for the successful candidate, as well as the opportunity to expand their communication skills. The College pays an annual stipend of £7,000 (plus reasonable expenses) and encourages applications from all backgrounds and communities.
In addition to the above Gresham Professorship, opportunities may be available for several part-time Visiting Professorships at Gresham College, tenable from August 2018 for a period of 1-2 years. Visiting Professors will be expected to deliver three lectures each year.
The closing date for applications is the 9th of January 2018, with interviews held on the 9th of February.
It would be fantastic for another IES member to succeed as the next Gresham Professor of the Environment.