Date of release: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

John Morton (second right) in Yokohama in 2014 as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeAn inside track on the workings of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be offered by John Morton, Professor of Development Anthropology at the University of Greenwich, in a public lecture on Wednesday 8 October.

Professor Morton, of the university’s Natural Resources Institute (NRI), worked on the IPCC’s Nobel Prize-winning Fourth Assessment Report, published in 2007.

He was called on again to be Co-ordinating Lead Author of a chapter examining the impact of climate change on rural areas across the world, including developing countries, in the IPCC’s latest Fifth Assessment Report.

He was also a member of the team writing the 2014 Report’s Summary for Policymakers, which is now influencing decision-making by governments worldwide.

Professor Morton’s talk is the first of a new series of University of Greenwich monthly public lectures being presented by the Faculty of Engineering & Science in the Ward Room of the historic Pembroke building, at the university’s Medway Campus, Chatham Maritime.

The public lectures start at 6.30pm. Admission is free. Early booking is essential as places are limited. Call 020 8331 9800 or email:

The public lecture series programme is as follows:

Wednesday 8 October 2014
Professor John Morton, NRI.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: what it is, what it says, and why we should listen.

Wednesday 5 November 2014
Dr Jodie Wetherall.

Defence against the dark arts: Collaborative design of a bomb disposal robot.

Wednesday 3 December 2014
Dr David Grzywacz, NRI.

Killing insects without chemicals - can we use insect diseases to control pests without harming our environment?

Wednesday 14 January 2015
Dr Scott Wildman, Medway School of Pharmacy.

'If you gotta go, you gotta go!': Overactive bladder (OAB) research.

Wednesday 4 February 2015

Professor Adrian Dobbs.

Chemistry and Music... Never the twain?

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Dr Lauren Pecorino.

New cancer drugs: Getting our immune system to fight cancer.

Wednesday 8 April 2015
Special Lecture: Dr Sandra Dunster. Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Sights and Sounds of the Medway Towns 1550-1900.

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Picture: Picture: John Morton (second right) in Yokohama in 2014 as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Credit: Petra Tschakert, Penn State University.