Friday 4 March 2016

9th annual Oxford Environment and Enterprise Forum

The aim of the 9th annual Oxford Environment and Enterprise Forum is to strengthen links between the international graduate student body of the School of Geography and the Environment and Oxford-based organisations at the cutting edge of environmental policy and practice.

The afternoon will profile the innovative work going on in Oxford and will provide an opportunity for students and presenters to meet and discuss current policy initiatives, ideas for dissertation research and in association with Oxford-based groups.


Paul Jepson
Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre
2.20Speed presentations
Session 1
  1. Earthwatch
  2. Sylva Foundation
  3. Global Ganopy Programme
  4. BSG Ecology
  5. Geoger
  6. Proforest
  7. Anthesis
Session 2
  1. West Waddy ADP
  2. Synergy
  3. 3 Keel
  4. Ricardo Energy and Environment
  5. Oxford Policy Management
  6. Global Water Intelligence
  7. 2 Degrees
  8. Oxford City Council
4.00Meet the organisations presentingBeckit and Gottmann Rooms
5.00Drinks ReceptionGilbert Room

Further Information

Please contact: Dr Paul Jepson
School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY, UK

Meet the Organisations


The Sylva Foundation is an environmental charity working to revive Britaininc/db/pubss wood culture. They work across Britain, caring for forests, and ensuring that they thrive for people and nature, as well as supporting innovation in home-grown wood.

2 Degrees

2Degrees is a specialist collaboration platform and service which helps businesses collaborate with their value chain. Using an online platform and speciality processes, they connect with people, knowledge and organisations which help to cut costs, risks and impacts, as well as drive innovation.


Anthesis is a specialist global consultancy founded on the belief that commercial success and sustainability go hand in hand. While there are locations around the world, in the UK Antithesis covers everything from leading edge sustainability consulting and communications to reassuring you on EHS management systems.


Synergy works with companies, governments and community organizations to work together effectively to create positive social outcomes. Our practical knowledge based on 15 years' experience in over 45 countries provides our clients with a unique set of skills and abilities to operate in challenging and complex environments. Their key service areas include impact and risk assessment, audit, assessment & due diligence, social investment, stakeholder engagement and partnerships. Their world class accredited training for African practitioners has gained an excellent reputation globally. Their three hubs are strategically located in Johannesburg, Paris and Oxford.


3Keel is an Oxford-based sustainability advisory firm specialising in food systems, natural resources, and supply chain resilience. Their work includes working with and developing new environmental metrics and models, enhancing communities and networks and delivering policy and strategy for public and private sector clients.


ProForest is a not-for-profit group that works with governments, producers and other private sector partners. They help people and organisations to manage and source natural resources sustainably. The Profesrest team is made up of experts in the responsible production and sourcing of palm oil, soy, sugar, beef, timber and other agricultural and forest commodities.


Earthwatch is an International NGO which focusses on scientific research and education about environmental issues. Earthwatch specialise in engaging the public in various forms of Citizen Science. This ranges from placing people on dedicated two week long expeditions around the globe, to web-based projects that the general public can undertake in their own back-garden.

Global Canopy Programme

The Global Canopy Programme is a tropical forest think tank working to demonstrate the scientific, political and business case for safeguarding forests as natural capital that underpins water, food, energy, health and climate security for all.

Oxford City Council

Oxford City Council provides local government for the city of Oxford. Oxford City Council is involved in Low Carbon Oxford, a network of organisations with a shared vision of Oxford as a low carbon city.

Global Water Intelligence

Global Water Intelligence (GWI) is the leading global provider of primary research information on international water projects and companies. Their monthly and weekly subscriptions, databases and reports are established as the leading source of data for developers, suppliers, financiers, governments, utilities and municipalities seeking data on water projects with an element of private sector participation.

Ricardo Energy & Environment

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading provider of analysis, advice, and data on economically sustainable solutions for the most pressing global energy and environmental challenges. In the chemical safety market, our industry leading solutions are delivered by the award winning NCEC. Supporting Governments, International Agencies and business leaders globally, they work in partnership with customers to help transform the way they work.


Geoger is a spatial and environmental data consultancy, specialising in remote sensing, image processing and mapping, as well as environmental and spatial data analysis and project management. We apply scientific methods and commercial standards to data, primarily using open-source software and advocating the inclusion of open data. We provide services to commercial and academic clients with the aim of increase awareness of remote sensing and open-source.

West Waddy ADP

West Waddy ADP is a multi-disciplinary consultancy practice of architects, planners and urban designers, with specialists in a number of fields including heritage, low energy design and university estates development.

BSG Ecology

BSG Ecology is a leading independent ecological consultancy, providing complete ecology services, from fieldwork and baseline surveys to impact assessment, biodiversity management, project design and expert witness advice.

Oxford Policy Management

Founded in 1979, OPM is a leading international development consultancy, enabling strategic decision-makers to design and implement sustainable solutions for reducing social and economic disadvantage in low- and middle- income countries.

Previous Participants


Acclimatise is a world leader in best practice climate change adaptation and risk management. We advise public and private sector clients on how to make policies, projects, investment portfolios and assets resilient to climate change risks today and over time. Acclimatise has helped to formulate climate adaptation strategies and develop climate risk management frameworks for governments, leading advisory bodies, multi-lateral development banks, major cities, Fortune 500 companies, and medium-size businesses.

Earth Trust

The Earth Trust is an environmental learning charity based in Oxfordshire that reconnects people with their environment and encourages sustainable living, enhancing people's quality of life as well as their environment. We believe that sustainability can only become a reality if economics, our society and environmental needs are in balance. At the Earth Trust we are unique in our broad range of economic and environmental activities focusing on changing hearts and minds. We strive to achieve this balance day-to-day from the way we manage our land, our facilities and our learning opportunities.


ERM is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. We have more than 5,000 people in over 40 countries working out of more than 150 offices. ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for our clients. Over the past five years we have worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.


Rezatec applies new science to Earth Observation (EO) imagery and data to produce high value data products that substantially reduce the cost of quantifying, monitoring and verifying land use change and environmental risk. We do this through our unique 'landscape intelligence' platform aggregating large volumes of diverse data from satellites, airborne and ground instruments, to provide critical decision support for science and non-science users. Headquartered within the Harwell Space Cluster, Oxfordshire, Rezatec customers today are spread across agribusiness, water, bioenergy, forestry and FMCG sectors.


Pilio Ltd was founded by Catherine Bottrill and Dr Russell Layberry in 2011 as a spin-out company from the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute. Pilio provides businesses and households with energy insights through our analytics software products and services. Our leading software products are sMeasure for business and iMeasure for households. We work with Ambassadors Theatre Group, BP, Royal Albert Hall, Scottish Power, St. Paul's Cathedral, Total, Whitbread and YMCA. We have been supported by Climate-KIC - the European Unions largest network and accelerator programme for climate innovation. Pilio was shortlisted for the 2014 Ashden Awards and named Imperial College Virtual Company 2014.


Ethex is a not for profit organisation based in Oxford UK with the aim of creating a marketplace for positive investments. Ethex makes positive investing easy to understand and do by providing a direct and personal way for individuals to invest in businesses they believe in.

Oxford Hub

The Oxford Hub is a student run charity which aims to empower students to take social and environmental action in their local communities and further afield. It was set up in 2007 by a bunch of students with the vision to make their time at university more fruitful.Since then, the Oxford Hub has grown to support 600 student volunteers in the local area, working in (at last count) 47 projects. All the projects were set up by students, and are student-ed. We partner with local community groups, organisations and charities including schools, homeless charities, care homes and a community garden. This ensures enthusiastic and engaged students benefit from the knowledge of the local landscape and social and environmental issues these groups have.The hub supports student-run conferences including Oxford Climate Forum and Oxford Forum or International Development, which attract over 900 students, academics and professionals to hear leaders in the field discuss issues surrounding the relevant topic. Alongside these yearly conferences, the student executive runs inspiring weekly series events covering everything from ocial enterprise to education, rights and development to social policy.To help student-run activities be as effective and long-lasting as possible, Oxford Hub runs training for students to develop their skills, social impact internships and social leadership awards to recognise the fantastic work they do.

Isis Innovation
Oxford University Consulting

Isis Innovation is the research and technology commercialisation company of the University of Oxford. We provide access to technology from Oxford researchers through intellectual property licensing, spin-out company formation and material sales, and to academic expertise through Oxford University Consulting.

Isis Innovation is the highest university patent filer in the UK and is ranked 1st in the UK for university spin-outs, having created more than 100 new companies in 25 years. In the last financial year we completed 503 licenses and consulting agreements. Isis Enterprise, our innovation management consultancy, signed 85 deals with university, government and industrial clients from offices around the world.