Prof. Ian Williams
Ian Williams is a Professor of Applied Environmental Science and Associate Dean (Enterprise) in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK. He has an established track-record in the field of environmental pollution and waste management. His work at Southampton has focused on pollution, waste and carbon-related issues. Ian has published extensively in books and peer-reviewed journals as well as producing over 100 commercial project reports.
Ian has received a number of awards for his activities, including: the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Campus Sustainability Research Award 2018, the International Solid Waste Association Publication Award in 2016 and 2017, the Institution of Civil Engineers Baker Medal in 2010 and awards from the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (Waste Regulation Award 2010, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15; James Jackson Award 2006, 2015/16, 2016/17; J.C. Dawes Award 2016). He is a fanatical fan of "the Scarlets" rugby team.
"Having the opportunity to travel around the world to see new places, make new friends, experience new cultures and generally broaden one’s mind is exciting and life-changing for most people. New technologies bring us all closer together but it isn’t quite the same as “being there”! This is why the “Freedom Flight Prize” is so important. The development of zero carbon aviation will not be easy, with many challenges on the way, and of course, we still need to address sustainable tourism. If it can be achieved, the prize of sustainable global travel will be potentially life-enhancing for all of us, without further damage to our environment."