Sir David Attenborough, patron of the international conservation charity World Land Trust, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science at the University of East Anglia (Norwich University) on July 12 2005.
Throughout his distinguished career in broadcasting Sir David Attenborough has inspired generations of naturalists with his wildlife programmes. The University summed up his contribution as follows:
"Sir David Attenborough's prolific career has spanned five decades of broadcasting -- from the early days of black-and-white television to the digital age. He joined BBC television after being turned down by radio and began his first job as a wildlife presenter on the popular Zoo Quest programme. By 1965 he was Controller of BBC2, but he quickly returned to wildlife filmmaking, producing more than 500 programmes and winning countless awards. His most influential programmes include Life on Earth, The Living Planet, The Trials of Life and The Life of Birds. He receives an Honorary Doctor of Science."
Sir David has been a supporter of the World Land Trust ever since it was founded in 1989 and became one of its official patrons in 2003. The World Land Trust is honoured to have Sir David's support and congratulates him on receiving the Honorary Doctorate.
That the University of East Anglia should award a Doctorate to a World Land Trust patron seems particularly appropriate, since there is an ongoing relationship between the University and the Trust. The two have collaborated on creating a new Diploma course in Conservation and Project Administration. The first students will start in September and will carry out a part time placement at the World Land Trust office in Suffolk for the duration of the course. The Diploma, which is the first of its type in the UK -- and probably in the world, will equip future conservationists with a firm grounding in conservation theory, balanced with practical work experience in project administration within an international conservation charity. The World Land Trust also provides placements for students on the Masters' courses run by the University's Schools of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Through its recently launched Carbon Balanced Programme, the Trust also works closely with CRed, a Community Carbon Reduction Project founded by the School of Environmental Sciences, on issues related to carbon dioxide emissions.
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