Zurich Funds Distinguished Visitors

The Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors program allows the Bren School to host international leaders in environmental policy, law, business, and science to enrich and expand the intellectual life of the Bren School community and share insight on issues critical to climate change. Activities of the visitors, who are in residence for periods ranging from one week to one quarter, include teaching short courses, offering public lectures, conducting seminars, and leading colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors, or areas of expertise.


Distinguished Visitor for Winter Quarter 2017

John Krebs, Oxford University; Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, UK Climate Change Committee; Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom Parliament
Dr. Krebs will be in residence at the Bren School Jan. 24-28, 2017. His public colloquium is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 11:30 - 12:30 in Bren Hall 1414. This will be Professor Krebs's second visit to the Bren School. He visited previously in January 2016.

John Krebs is a non-political-party member of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He sits on the UK Climate Change Committee and chairs its Adaptation Sub-Committee. From 2010-2014, he chaired the Science and Technology Select Committee of the House of Lords, and from 2005-2015 he was principal of Jesus College at Oxford University. He earned both his bachelor's degree in zoology and his PhD in population biology at Oxford. Dr. Krebs served as the inaugural head of the UK Food Standards Agency from 2000-2005, and as chief executive of the UK Natural Environment Research Council from 1994-1999. He has been a professor at Oxford since 1988. Dr. Krebs is a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published over 300 scientific articles, commentaries, and books and received numerous honors and awards for his contributions to science.

Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences
Jonathan Foley will be in residence at the Bren School in February 2017. His public colloquium is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 11:30-12:30 in Bren Hall 1414.

Jonahtan Foley leads the greenest museum on the planet and one of the most future-focused scientific institutions in the world. His research has been focused on the sustainability of our planet and the ecosystems and natural resources we depend on. His work in expanding understanding of worldwide changes in ecosystems, land use and climate, global food security, and the sustainability of the world’s resources has led to his becoming a trusted advisor to governments, environmental groups, foundations, NGOs, and business leaders around the world. Foley spent over two decades leading interdisciplinary university programs focused on solving global environmental issues. Most recently, he was the director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota, where he was also a professor and McKnight Presidential Chair of Global Environment and Sustainability. He is also a former professor of the University of Wisconsin, where he founded the Climate, People and Environment Program (CPEP) and the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). Dr. Foley has published widely in top scientific journals and the popular press. A noted science communicator, his presentations on global environmental issues have been featured at hundreds of venues, including the Aspen Environmental Forum, the Chautauqua Institution, and TED.


Dale Jamieson, Chair, Environmental Studies Department; Professor, Environmental Studies, Philosophy; Founding Director, Environmental Studies and Animal Studies; Affiliated Professor, Bioethics; Affiliated Professor, Law.
Dale Jamieson will be in residence at the Bren School in May 2017. His public colloquium is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, from 11:30-12:30 in Bren Hall 1414.


Past Zurich Distinguished Visitors
Lord John Krebs, January 2016;
Steve Polasky, May 2015
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Charles Godfray, April 2015; see the video
Tim Flannery, May 2014; see the video
Tom Swetnam, March 2014; see the video
Don Wuebbles, May 2013
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Margaret Davidson, April 2013; see the video
Andy Revkin, May 2012; see the video
Edward S. Rubin, February 2012; see the video
Dennis Ojima, October 2011; see the video
Denny Ellerman, March 2011;see the video
Virgilio Viana, October 2010; see the video
Mike Toman, April 2010; see the video
Matt Kahn, January 2010; see the video
Lynn Scarlett, October 2009; see the video
Richard Duke, April 2009; see the video
Thomas Lyon, February 2009; see the video
Stephen Schneider, October 2008; see the video