By Andrew Wood, Blue Wren Subcommittee Convenor, Bulletin 2/2024, April

Professor Thomas Astell-Burt, who will deliver the 8th Annual Biodiversity Lecture on 29 May.

The Society’s 8th annual biodiversity lecture will be given by Professor Thomas Astell-Burt (Professor of Cities and Planetary Health, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney) at 6 pm at Benledi, Glebe Library on Wednesday 29 May. The title of the lecture is ‘Regenerative Cities and Flourishing Communities: why more trees might mean less loneliness and better health.’

Thomas Astell-Burt is also an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in nature-based solutions for loneliness, a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher, and is ranked first out of 10,000 globally for nature and health research. Thomas’ research, funded by the Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council and Medical Research Future Fund, involves collaborating, co-producing, and communicating studies positioned to create healthier cities for all, and uses ‘social prescribing’ to (re)connect people with things in cities that can enable flourishing, such as green spaces. In addition, he is the Expert Chair of Nature-Based Solutions in the Australian Social Prescribing Institute for Research and Education and a long-standing member of the Western Sydney Diabetes Leadership Alliance. His research has influenced urban planning and health policies in Australia and around the world.

All Glebe Society members and friends are invited to attend the lecture. Please accept your invitation by registering at Eventbrite as soon as possible as space is limited. There is no charge for the event, which will be followed by nibbles and a glass of wine.