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Dr Julia Knights

A soil and climate scientist, Julia’s career spans over 20 years in soil and plant conservation, biodiversity and climate. In the Senior Civil Service Julia led a team of Climate Scientists and statisticians in BEIS providing the science underpinning the UK’s Net Zero by 2050 legislation.

Julia also spent 12 years as a diplomat in the Foreign Office leading science teams in East China, Russia and South America – including strategic oversight for a £150 million UK-Brazil fund for joint research to identify new plant species in the Amazon and Atlantic rainforests, sustainable agriculture and climate research.

Julia is currently Deputy Director of the Science Museum in London and is the Exec lead on sustainability across the five museums and 545 acre collections site in the group. Passionate about wild plants and fungi, Julia is a member of the Advisory Board for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Bees and Pollinators, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Trustee of The Woodland Trust and a member of the Royal Society’s Public Engagement Committee.