Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust welcomes world renowned scientist as Vice-President

Sir Martyn Poliakoff (right) with Dr Ian Johnston, Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the county’s leading environmental conservation charity, has appointed world famous chemist, Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff, as an Honorary Vice-President.

Sir Martyn, a long standing supporter of the charity, has been appointed as an ambassador for the Attenborough Nature Reserve, to help the Wildlife Trust develop its links with academics and encourage more research into key conservation issues.

He was co-opted as a Vice-President in April, and this will be formally ratified at the charity’s Annual General Meeting in October, details of which have been released this week.

A Fellow of the Royal Society, Sir Martyn is a Research Professor in Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and a global leader in the field of green chemistry. He is widely recognised thanks to his participation in a series of YouTube videos featuring various experiments and demonstrations – introducing the public to the chemical elements of the periodic table. The videos have surpassed 190 million views on YouTube. He was knighted in 2015 for his pursuit of excellence in research, service as an ambassador for UK science and his public outreach work.

Sir Martyn Poliakoff and Ian Johnston at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Sir Martyn Poliakoff (right) with Dr Ian Johnston, Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Speaking about his appointment Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Chairman Ian Johnston said: “We are delighted that someone of Sir Martyn’s stature in the world of science has agreed to become a Vice-President of the Trust. He has a real passion for Attenborough Nature Reserve and is currently part of a group of experts helping us plan for the long-term future of the site. We also look forward to working with him to expand our links with academics and academic institutions to encourage further research into key aspects of our work at Attenborough and beyond.”

Following his appointment Sir Martyn said:

“As residents of Beeston, I and my family have been visiting Attenborough and watching it evolve for nearly 40 years. It is a wonderful place and I am delighted and honoured to be able to contribute to making the reserve an even better place for future generations.”