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Inspiring Digital Transformation within the Environment Sector in Scotland

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What is this?[edit source]

Title Inspiring Digital Transformation within the Environment Sector in Scotland - Seminar with CEOs
Description As part of our proposition for digital transformation within the environment sector in Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and NatureScot hosted an initial seminar with CEOs of environment organisations in Scotland in August 2020.
Type Project output
Weblink https://digitaltransformation.miraheze.org/m/4K3

Blog or Analysis

Outputs of the event (UPDATE)

Recording

A recording of this event is now available at this link.

The recording also references the following educational video in Morgan Korchia's presentation, which is available on Youtube. (Warning: contains strong language)

Statement of ambition

Following the event, we have been openly developing a Joint statement of ambition around digital transformation for senior leaders within Scotland's environment sector.

This is a draft statement of ambition on shared commitments to engage senior leaders within Scotland's environment sector.


Introduction[edit | edit source]

The purpose of the seminar was to inspire leaders of environment agencies and environment NGOs. The seminar was postponed due to Covid-19 and was been rescheduled as a webinar. It is based on the principles and approach set out in the concept paper, and was being planned openly as described on the home page.

Aims[edit | edit source]

The aims of the seminar is as follows:

  1. Check interest and share existing plans around digital transformation between environment organisations
  2. Introduce the potential opportunities of a digital transformation within the environment sector agenda to encourage shared learning and innovation in order to scale up our efforts to reverse the loss of biodiversity in Scotland
  3. Source strategic actions that environment leaders want to see in order to give collective consideration to the greatest opportunities for digital transformation within our sector.

Context[edit | edit source]

  • 2020 is a big year for biodiversity – 2030 global biodiversity framework to be agreed at the Convention on Biological Diversity event in Beijing
  • Scotland in a leadership role (including possible Convention on Biological Diversity event in spring and Conference of Parties (COP) for Climate Change in Glasgow 2020)
  • Urgency of the requirement for transformative change, as highlighted in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report

Format[edit | edit source]

Details Notes
Title Inspiring Digital Transformation within the Environment Sector in Scotland
Venue Zoom online
Date and time (Originally planned for 19th March 2020)

Monday August 31st at 11am to 1pm BST

Chair NatureScot and Scottish Wildlife Trust CEOs, plus panel moderator
Speakers Three speakers, speaking 10 mins each followed by 10 min individual Q & A discussion
Audience CEOs / leaders of environment government agencies, and environment NGOs
Format Zoom online
Wider availability The seminar has been recorded for public viewing and is available at this link


Speakers[edit | edit source]

Keynotes[edit | edit source]

Designation Speaker Name
Welcome note Webinar facilitator Ruchir Shah, Director of External Affairs, Scottish Wildlife Trust
Introductory notes e-agency CEO

e-NGO CEO

Francesca Osowska, NatureScot

Jo Pike, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Panel moderator environment agency CEO David Pirie, Executive Director, SEPA

Presentations[edit | edit source]

Theme Speaker contribution Speaker
Improved science How digital has supported better insight for an environment issue Dr Murray Collins, Edinburgh University and Space Intelligence, Earth science
Better engagement How digital has supported increased engagement with a wider audience. Daisy Narayanan, Sustrans, Sustainable urban environments / citizen science
Slicker operations AR/VR/ Immersive Tech and how that could underpin new and innovative ways of working Morgan Korchia, Head of Digital Innovation at Sopra Steria


Discussants[edit | edit source]

The event has registered participants from the following organisations:

Organisations
The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
Forestry & Land Scotland  
John Muir Trust
Sustainable Inshores Fisheries Trust (SIFT)
National Lottery Heritage Fund
NatureScot
Nourish Scotland
Paths for All
Ramblers Scotland
Roslin Institute
Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh
RSPB (Scotland)
Scottish Forestry                
Scottish Government
Scottish Seabird Centre
NatureScot
Scottish Government
SEPA
Sopra Steria
Space Intelligence
Sustrans
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Keep Scotland Beautiful
2050 Climate Group
Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations Scotland


We have been drawing from a list of environment organisations active in Scotland, which we are compiling here. Please add to this list.

Agenda[edit | edit source]

Time What Who
11:00 Welcome& webinar etiquette Ruchir Shah, Director of External Affairs, Scottish Wildlife Trust
11:05 Introduction to webinar

Scene setting & possibilities

Francesca Osowska,CEO of NatureScot

Jo Pike, CEO of Scottish Wildlife Trust

11:15 Presentation 1 – Improved Science

How digital has supported better insight for an environment issue.

Dr Murray Collins, Edinburgh University &Space Intelligence, Earth science
11:35 Presentation 2 – Better Engagement

How digital has supported increased engagement with a wider audience

Daisy Narayanan, Sustrans, Sustainable urban environments / citizen science
11:55 Comfort Break


12:05 Presentation 3 – Slicker Operations

AR/VR/Immersive Tech and how that could underpin new and innovative ways of working

Morgan Korchia, Head of Digital Innovation at SopraSteria
12:25 Panel Discussion/online Q&A:

Meeting the challenges of Biodiversity Loss & the Climate Emergency, in the context of the green recovery – where are the opportunities for digital transformation and what should our next steps be?

Panellists:

  • Colin Cook,Director of Digital, Scottish Government
  • Francesca Osowska, CEO NatureScot
  • Jo Pike, CEO Scottish Wildlife Trust
Hosted by David Pirie, Executive Director, SEPA
12:50 Closing Remarks Francesca Osowska

Jo Pike

13:00 End of webinar


Exhibition[edit | edit source]

As this is now an online event, we will collate and share resources provided by the exhibitors in place of the exhibition.

To add your resource, please visit Form:DigitalResource - Digital Transformation within Scotland's environment sector

Original exhibitors
  1. Digital Academy
  2. Digital Transformation Service
  3. Using New Technology to Map Habitats and Natural Capital (SNH)
  4. Dynamic Coast (SNH/ Historic Environment Scotland)
  5. Digital Licensing (SEPA)
  6. CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund
  7. Space Intelligence Ltd


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