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Professor David Drewry

Board and Finance Committee Member, UK National Commission for UNESCO Board of Directors.

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David Drewry is a world leading expert on the environment and study of the polar region, his experience includes Director of both the British Antarctic Survey and the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University.

Holding a Doctorate in Geophysics from Cambridge University, Professor Drewry’s key research interests lie in the environmental sciences and global climate change, where he has published three books and more than 100 research papers (including in Nature and Science). Amongst his vast experience in academia, he has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull between 1999 and 2009, and was previously Director of Science and Technology at the UK Natural Environment Research Council.

David has served on the UN’s Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, is Honorary Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, Trustee Emeritus at the Natural History Museum, London and recently completed eight years as Vice-President of the European University Association.

He holds Honorary Degrees from several British universities; was awarded the Polar Medal, United States Antarctic Service Medal, Prix de la Belgica Gold Medal of the Belgian Academy of Sciences and Patron’s Gold Medal of the RGS. He also has a mountain and a glacier named after him in Antarctica.

#Institution

University of Cambridge
Honorary Fellow (Emmanuel College)

From 1984

#Alma-Mater

Queen Mary College, BSc. University of Cambridge, PhD.

1969 – 1974

#Role at UNESCO

Director of Natural Sciences, UK National Commission for UNESCO – Board of Directors

SINCE 2017

QUOTE

“I am a geophysicist and have operated in the wider arena of the environment and science policy having worked in and headed research institutes, governmental and multi-national agencies, and universities. I have particular interests in global climate change, marine pollution and the polar regions. I spent many years undertaking research in the Arctic and Antarctic that established my profound belief in the value of international cooperation in science and technology.”

Professor David Drewry

Liaising with the UK’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO and approved by HM government, our Non-Executive Directors help steer the direction of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, and are each responsible for overseeing a particular field of UNESCO’s work in the UK.

ROLE AT UNESCO

David Drewry is a member of the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s Board of Directors, specialising in Natural Sciences and European Research Policy. He is also a member of the Finance Committee.

Institutions

UK National Commission for UNESCO
Board Member, Natural Sciences Specialist

FROM 2017

European University Association
Vice-President, Chair Research Policy Working Group

FROM 2009 -2017

University of Hull
Vice Chancellor

FROM 1999 – 2009

Natural Environment Research Council
Deputy Chief Executive, Director of Science and Technology

FROM 1994 – 1997

Role at UNESCO

Member of the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s Board of Directors, Natural Sciences Specialist

SINCE 2018

COMMISSION

The UK National Commission for UNESCO

ESTABLISHED 1946 – LONDON, ENGLAND

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is the United Nations body responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. The UKNC is a hub for all UNESCO-related matters in the UK, and the Board of Directors take part in formulating and regularly reviewing the strategic aims of the commission.

Publications

SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK

Read about some of the incredible research projects that David has been a part of.

LATEST

INTERNATIONAL DAY International Migrants Day 18.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 18 We celebrate the International Migrants Day on December 18. READ MORE BELOW MIGRANTS DAY Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nicola Fioravanti, UNESCO Migration is a global phenomenon driven by many forces. These start with aspirations for…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Persons with Disabilities 03.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 3 We celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. READ MORE BELOW DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nathan Anderson, Arisa Chattasa. The annual observance of the…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 29 We celebrate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29. READ MORE BELOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE Photo credit, from top to bottom: Ahmed Abu Hameeda, Cole-Keister.…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 25 We celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. READ MORE BELOW END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Photo credit, from top to bottom: United Nations, Karl…
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QUOTE

“Within the UKNC I have an overview of the Natural Sciences. This covers a wide spectrum of activities from Biosphere Reserves, Geoparks, the International Oceanographic Commission, International Geoscience Programme, and the International Hydrological Programme. […] I am also passionate about communicating stories and insights about the vulnerability of our planet to environmental degradation and change.”

Professor David Drewry

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