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"Faith in the Future"

03 April 2012

Royal Guest Professor Susan Baker returns from the environmental symposium on Global sustainability at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

Susan Baker, who has a Royal Appointment as King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor in Environmental Science, one of 14 Royal Guest Professors worldwide that have been appointed to the Swedish King, has just returned to the UK after attending the "Faith in the Future" environmental symposium on global sustainability at the Royal Palace of Stockholm on 22 March.

Professor Baker is the first woman to receive this prestigious professorship and her research is about the governance of sustainable development in the context of global environmental change. She is concerned that the urgency of the problem of global environmental change may see us act without thinking of the long term consequences and their impact upon the promotion of sustainable development.

In recognition of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 50th birthday, a fund was created in his honour to finance international guest professors within the field of environmental sciences. These researchers have recently participated in the symposium, along with around a hundred leading figures within research, industry and politics. This was the first time the 14 Royal Environmental Professors have come together, and the aim was to provide visions for the future and to show how knowledge contributes towards a more sustainable society.

The symposium was part of the official national commemoration of the first UN Conference on the Environment, 1972 in Stockholm, and was arranged together with the Swedish scientific academies with specialist knowledge in the environmental area.

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Faith in the Future, the Royal Professors' symposium on global sustainability