2020 Fellows: Environment, conservation and sustainable living

Nine of this year's Churchill Fellows will travel to 20 countries to explore innovations in environmental sustainability and conservation. Their mission is to bring back successful ideas and inspire change in their communities and professions across the UK.

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Here are the 2020 Churchill Fellows who will travel in this field:

Biologist Kim Reuter is exploring international practices for tackling the climate and biodiversity crisis, in Cameroon, China, Kenya, Laos and South Korea. Kim will use her findings to produce guidelines in the UK and will share her findings with relevant organisations and NGOs. 

Researcher Edward Hall is exploring techniques to digitally preserve natural history collections, in the USA. Edward will share his findings with UK museums and institutions and develop a resource to make these techniques available for educational facilities.

Waste and recycling manager Samantha Taylor is researching ways to minimise waste, in Canada and the USA. Samantha will use her findings to influence York Council’s waste policy and hopes to run a pilot project in the UK.

Veterinary pathologist Andrew Brownlow is investigating the role that stranding schemes can play in monitoring marine mortality and ecosystem health, in New Zealand and the USA. Andrew will use his findings to inform a review of the UK strandings networks and will share his research with policy makers.

Assistant farm manager Francis Everson is assessing agricultural best practices to improve soil health and organic vegetable production, in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Francis will use his findings to produce a resource for farmers in the UK and will submit his research to industry related journals. 

Ecologist Matt Wainhouse is exploring the role of fungi in the ecosystem, in Chile. Matt will use his findings to engage with ecologists and mycologists in the UK and develop a framework for Environmental Impact Assessment.

Seafood worker Andrew Gooding is researching artisan fish preservation methods in the UK, in Brazil, Chile, Japan and Peru. Andrew will share his findings with fishermen in the UK which he hopes will stimulate demand for local fish.

Cultural entomologist Bridget Nicholls is exploring how insects can be saved from extinction by changing the way that individuals feel about them, in India and Japan. Bridget will share her findings through workshops and events in the UK, as well as charities and institutions. 

Policy officer Nicholas Plumb is investigating the role of localism in tackling the climate crisis, in Spain and the USA. Nicholas will use his findings in the UK to influence debates about new economics and provide practical advice for civil society organisations. 

This category is in partnership with The Frank Jackson Foundation

Find out more about this year's Fellows

Everyone can apply, regardless of age, qualifications or background, as long as they are a UK resident citizen aged 18 or over. We are pausing applications for 2021 Fellowships. Find out more here.