the hutton series

Panmure house

the hutton series on climate change is a series of events taking place across 2020-21 at adam smith’s panmure house, bringing together a diverse cross-section of experts, business leaders, scientists, and concerned citizens in the service of one simple aim:

to identify ten key priorities, innovations and actions to mitigate the climate crisis.

panmure house in edinburgh is the final remaining home of globally renowned philosopher adam smith. during his twelve-year tenancy between 1778 and 1790, he regularly hosted key luminaries of the scottish enlightenment to debate the most pressing issues at the brink of the first industrial revolution.

more than two hundred years later as the world grapples to avert environmental disaster by shifting to new energy sources while recovering from a global pandemic, the hutton series aims to recreate these ground-breaking discussions – both virtually and at the same historic location in edinburgh’s world heritage site.

climate change is an issue with fundamental implications for all of society, and all of society should have the chance to debate, discuss and influence how the world adapts to an unprecedented rate of environmental change. climate marches worldwide have demonstrated the importance in dialogue around climate change, and the complexities involved in building a sustainable future. 

the hutton series invites voices and opinions from around the world, by submitting real-time questions to the debate panels. due to social distancing, this first event will be live-streamed as an interactive webinar and there will be options to attend follow-up workshops.

Climate change protests

inaugural session with professor sir ian boyd and alison rose

the inaugural session will take place on the 6 october from 2-4 pm with speeches by the environmental and polar scientist professor sir ian boyd, former chief scientist at defra and member of sage, and the ceo of natwest group (formerly rbs), alison rose. 

registration is open on the panmure house website. 

Ian Boyd and alison rose
professor sir ian boyd was chief scientific adviser to the uk government on food and the environment, a post he held for seven years, and is currently a professor at the university of st andrews.  he is currently the chairman of the uk research integrity office and has been a member of the sage committee during the covid-19 pandemic. he previously served as the first director of the scottish oceans institute and as director of the sea mammal research unit.

sir ian is leading the move to sustainability at the university of st andrews, chairing the institution’s environmental sustainability board.  as a marine and polar scientist, sir ian spent 14 years leading a research programme in antarctica and is a recipient of the bruce medal for polar science and the polar medal.   he originally graduated from the university of aberdeen with a degree in zoology and gained his phd at cambridge university.  he has also been awarded several honorary degrees.  he was knighted in 2019 for services to science and economics in government.

alison rose has worked at NatWest Group for 27 years. Prior to her current role Alison was Deputy CEO of NatWest Holdings and CEO of the Commercial and Private Banking business.She has held a number of senior roles across the Group including Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Markets & International Banking, Global Head of International Banking Capital and Balance Sheet and Head of Leveraged Finance.

alison was invited by the uk government to lead a review of the barriers to women starting a business and launched the rose review in march 2019. alison also champions natwest’s entrepreneur accelerator programme, an innovative initiative supporting start-up businesses across the uk, and sponsors the bank’s employee-led networks.

she grew up around the world before settling in england at the age of 15. she studied at durham university and joined the natwest graduate scheme in 1992.