Ethics and plant science – improving food yields in a changing environment

Speakers: Professor Liam Dolan, Co-Director, Plants for the 21st Century Institute, Oxford Martin School and Sherardian Professor of Botany, University of Oxford & Professor Jane Langdale, Co-Director, Plants for the 21st Century Institute, Oxford Martin School and Professor of Plant Development, University of Oxford

Chair: Professor Julian Savulescu, Director, Institute for Science and Ethics; Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, University of Oxford

Title: Ethics and plant science – improving food yields in a changing environment

Venue: Humanities Building Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG

Date: Friday 22 February 2013

Time: 12:00 - 13:30

This seminar is free and open to all; however booking is recommended. Sandwiches provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

This talk is now available as a video and audio file, from the Oxford Martin School website

This lecture is part of the Ethics and 21st Century Challenges Seminar Series, held in collaboration with the Institute for Science and Ethics, an Oxford Martin School Institute.

The challenges of the 21st century are vast - wide in range, global in scale, and complex in nature - and many of them are being addressed directly by researchers in the Oxford Martin School. This seminar series will interrogate the science, ethics and social implications arising from some of the most exciting academic research going on at the School. The series will feature academics who are working to address critical global challenges, from healthcare to resource scarcity and climate change to financial risk, and ethicists who are trying to identify, understand and inform the ethical and societal implications of such research. Together, they will explore the ethical dimensions of cutting-edge and ground-breaking work, and reflect on what kinds of practical safeguards, policy frameworks or public opinions should be considered in these contexts.