Press Releases 2014-2015

Global Environmental Expert to Speak at City Lecture


The general public are invited to attend a free lecture by internationally respected coastal management expert Professor Mike Phillips as a part of the annual joint Open Lecture by the Old Dy'vorians Association and University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in Swansea.

Yr Athro Mike PhillipsThe lecture, entitled ‘Climate Change, Coastal Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation’, will take place at UWTSD’s Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Media on Thursday 16th April. Refreshments are available from 6:30pm and the lecture will start at 7pm. Admission is free of charge.

Those who would like to attend are asked to contact Joyce Wills on 01792 481100 or email

Professor Phillips, a Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD, enjoys an international research profile which has resulted in his participation in interdisciplinary research projects, advisory boards, government consultancies, and international and national policy making.

He is widely published and has organised a session on Coastal Tourism and Climate Change at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, part of his role as a member of the Climate Change Working Group of the UNEP Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands.

His research input includes being; an Expert Advisor to the UNESCO Cymru Wales Committee; an international scientific advisory board member of MARUM (the German Centre of Excellence for Marine Environmental Sciences); and an expert international advisor to the Portuguese FCT for the Adaptaria (coastal adaptation to climate change) and Smartparks (planning marine conservation areas) projects.

Contributions to coastal and ocean policies include: the Rio +20 World Summit, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, and UNESCO; EU Maritime Spatial Planning; and Welsh Government Policy on Marine Aggregate Dredging. Engagements with research agendas include the German Cluster of Excellence in Marine Environmental Sciences, the Portuguese Department of Science and Technology and the US Coastal Education and Research Foundation, amongst others.

Professor Phillips is a member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), Royal Geographical Society (RGS), Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF), Coastal Zone Canada Association (CZCA) and the European Union of Coastal Conservation (EUCC).

This will be the eighth joint Open Lecture by the Old Dy'vorians Association and UWTSD, who have forged strong links since Swansea's former Dynevor School was acquired and developed into the University’s Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Media. Previous speakers have included Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, Lord Anderson of Swansea, Professor Bernard Knight and Sir John Meurig Thomas FRS.

The Old Dy'vorians Association has been in existence since 1930 and serves as a platform for past pupils and teachers of the old Dynevor School to initiate and maintain contact with each other.

Further Information

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