The Super Year for Nature?

2021 has been dubbed the ‘super’ year for nature, but what does this mean for science policy in Scotland? 

This virtual two-part ‘Pie and a Pint‘ (PAAP) series hosted by the BES-SPG and CIEEM will aim to explore what ‘COP’ is, the effect it has on the science policy interface in Scotland and how it will be implemented in practice. 

In the first part of this series, we will explore the biodiversity and climate COPs (COP15 and COP26), how they tie together and what the Scottish governments plans are for them. 

The second part of this series (planned to take place in 2022) will explore the outcomes of the COPs and how they will be implemented in practice across different sectors in Scotland. 

This event is open to all but is specifically targeted at students and those at an early career stage. Part one in this series will be hosted on Zoom on Tuesday 28 September 2021, 17:00-19:00 (BST). Tickets for this event are FREE.  

Event Agenda and Participant Information


Debbie Bassett: Climate Change and CoP Coordinator, NatureScot

Debbie is leading the coordination of NatureScot’s inputs to the Climate COP26  in Glasgow.  She has considerable experience of devising and implementing strategic biodiversity work in Scotland.  Debbie trained as freshwater ecologist, and previously worked for the Environment Agency.

James Curran, MBE: Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

James originally researched in meteorology/oceanography. Previously CEO Scottish Environment Protection Agency, served on government groups including climate change and biodiversity. Ran own eco-business and, occasionally, worked in consultancy. Was Chair of James Hutton Institute and, currently, serves on Board of Green Purposes Company, overseeing the Green Investment Bank; advises Isle of Man Government on climate; chairs Climate Ready Clyde, delivering Glasgow City Region’s adaptation strategy; visiting professor Strathclyde University’s sustainable development centre.

Tamsin Morris: Member of CIEEM

Tamsin is a freelance ecologist based in Aberdeenshire.  She has previously worked in organic agriculture, catchment management and for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.  Self-employed since 2008, she delivers projects including river and peatland restoration, protected species surveys and literature and research reviews.  In 2019, she authored the Scotland’s Nature on Red Alert report, looking at climate change impacts on Scotland’s biodiversity.

Clive Mitchell: Outcome Manager Nature and Climate Change, NatureScot

Clive has worked for NatureScot in a variety of roles since 1995. He steers and manages resourcing for the agency’s priorities on nature and climate change.  This includes place-based approaches (green infrastructure, outdoor learning, volunteering etc), National Nature Reserves, other protected areas, marine ecosystems, species management,  and biodiversity.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and Associate Lecturer for the Open University, teaching final year courses on Earth systems sciences, geohazards and environmental change.  Clive will attend the COP26, and has a growing profile in advising on how we should tackle climate change in Scotland.

Professor Des Thompson: Principal Adviser on Science and Biodiversity, NatureScot

Des works closely with the Scottish Government to develop the post-2020 biodiversity strategy. He was closely involved in developing the Edinburgh Declaration on post-2020 global biodiversity frameworkHe has particular interests in upland and bird ecology, is vice-president (and former Chair) of the Field Studies Council, and is a Fellow of the CIEEM and Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy. Des is also a Fellow of both CIEEM and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


Event registration is now closed, if you would like to attend please contact and she will be in touch with relevant details.