Seattle Speaker Series – Colin Thorne, University of Nottingham and Environmental Science Associates – The Dignity of Rivers

When: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017. 5:30 pm Networking, 6:30 pm Presentation

Where: Naked City Brewery & Taphouse
Address: 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

For this special event, Dr. Colin Thorne from the University of Nottingham, UK and Environmental Science Associates (ESA), Portland, OR, will be presenting his observations on ‘Restoring the Dignity of Rivers’. He will base his remarks on the statement made by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, who observed that, ‘everything has either a price or a dignity.  Anything that has a price can be replaced by something else as its equivalent, but anything that is above all price, and therefore admits of no equivalent, has a dignity.

Colin Thorne is the Chair of Physical Geography at Nottingham University and is currently on secondment to ESA in Portland, Oregon. His education is in environmental sciences, civil engineering and physical geography. Colin specializes in understanding and managing erosion, sediment transport and sedimentation in the context of restoring lost river functions, forms and habitats. Colin believes in taking a holistic approach to river restoration, working with local stakeholders and Nature’s river restorers to find sustainable solutions. He currently leads a 9-university UK research consortium investigating how cities can be made resilient to future flooding using Blue-Green infrastructure.

Join us for an excellent RRNW Seattle Speaker Series event!

Please join River Restoration Northwest for the second 2017 Seattle speaker series event! The purpose of the speaker series is to provide a networking opportunity for the stream restoration community outside of the annual symposium, and the chance to hear from an expert on a restoration-related topic, in an informal setting, with beer!  Speakers will present for 20 to 30 minutes with time for questions and discussion.  Food and drinks are available for purchase at the bar. You’ll be in charge of your own food and beverages but, rest assured that the storytelling and conversation will be excellent.

Parking: There is limited parking behind the brewery and street parking.

Bus: From downtown Seattle, take bus #5; from the University of Washington take bus #45.

Bike: Bike parking is abundant in this neighborhood.

This event is sponsored by Environmental Science Associates (ESA).

You do not need to be an RRNW member to attend; however, we encourage you to join RRNW to help support future events!

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Past Speakers

Daniel Schindler – March 2017

Guillaume Mauger – November 2016

Michael Pollock – September 2016