Expert will deliver lecture

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With the devastation to communities caused by the winter storms, the whole question of planning for and dealing with extreme events is high on the agenda of governments both national and local.

Once again the Crichton Conversations programme has hit on a most topical subject and, in the final lecture of the spring 2014 programme, Professor Virginia Murray will tackle the question: Extreme Events and Climate Change – What are the challenges?

Professor Murray has a reputation as an international expert in this field. After qualifying in medicine she elected to work in the field of toxicology. In 2011 she was appointed head of the new Extreme Events and Health Protection, Public Health England and is taking forward work on evidence based information on flooding, heat, cold volcanic ash and extreme weather and natural hazards events.

She is the UK government member on the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) scientific and technical advisory group and is one of the members of the UNISDR advisory group for the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Management. Appointed as visiting professor in health protection at Imperial College London, since 1994 she has published widely.

A doundation spokesman said: “We are delighted to have yet another distinguished speaker visiting the Crichton Campus and hope to have a good turnout to hear the talk and participate in the questions and debate which will follow.”

The lecture is supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council and NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

The talk is on Tuesday, March 25, at 7.30pm in the Easterbrook Hall, Crichton Campus, Dumfries. Tickets cost £5 and all are welcome at the door (students free with valid ID). Tickets for lecture and supper cost £15. If you would like to join afterwards for supper, places must be pre-booked by Tuesday, March 18.

Contact the Crichton on 01387 702048 or email

The Crichton Foundation thanks the following sponsors of the Conversation Series: Brewin Dolphin, Crichton Carbon Centre, University of the West of Scotland, The Solway Centre, University of Glasgow, Scotland’s Rural College, the Crichton Development Company, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Natural Heritage and anonymous donors.