Past events

Wed 27 November, 2013

Diet, Health and the Environment: Towards a More Sustainable Diet

Time & Date: 4pm, Wednesday 27 November

Venue: Lecture Theatre A, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road

Speaker: Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Professor Susan Jebb will speak about the relationship between diet, health and the environment, and how we might encourage changes in behaviour towards a more sustainable diet.

Book Launch for "Food: A Very Short Introduction"

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and a book launch for Professor Lord Krebs's new book entitled, "Food: A Very Short Introduction".

In this Very Short Introduction, Prof Lord John Krebs provides a brief history of human food, from our remote ancestors 3 million years ago to the present day. By looking at the four great transitions in human food - cooking, agriculture, processing, and preservation - he considers a variety of questions, including why people like some kinds of foods and not others; how your senses contribute to flavour; the role of genetics in our likes and dislikes; and the differences in learning and culture around the world.

In turn he considers aspects of diet, nutrition, and health, and the disparity between malnutrition in some places and overconsumption in others. Finally, he considers some of the big issues - the obesity crisis, sustainable agriculture, the role of new technologies such as genetic modification of crops, and ends by posing the question: how will it be possible to feed a population of 9 billion in 2050, without destroying our natural environment?

Tue 26 November, 2013


Unfortunately, the speaker has come down with a virus and this talk has been cancelled

Health, Environment & Development (HED) Interdivisional Research Seminars

Michaelmas Term 2013

Time & Date: Tuesday 26th November, 5-6:30pm

Venue: Department of International Development (QEH), Seminar Room 2

Convenor: Dr Peter Wynn Kirby

Speaker: Professor Kate Hill, Oxford Brookes University

'Problem animals leave but the “conflict” persists: people-wildlife narratives and people-wildlife interactions'

Mon 25 November, 2013

Date: 25th November

Time: 4pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre B, Department of Zoology

Title: Should we blame agriculture on all our ills

Speaker: Professor Francois Balloux, Chair in Computational Biology Systems, University College London

Please note that access to the Department of Zoology's seminar rooms and the lecture theatres in the Tinbergen Building is only allowed to those who hold a valid University card. You will be required to show your card on entry to the building.

Thu 21 November, 2013

British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group Seminar

“The mortality implications of rising obesity: insights from individual- and population-level analyses”

Speaker: Professor Majid Ezzati, Chair in Global Environmental Health, Imperial College  School of Public Health , London.

Date: Thursday 21st November  2013

Time: 2.00 - 3.00 pm in  

Venue: Seminar Room 01, Rosemary Rue Building,  Old Road Campus

All welcome

Thu 21 November, 2013

UBVO seminar series - Michaelmas Term 2013

Financial Hardship, Weight Gain and Obesity: Rethinking Economic Determinants

Speaker: Annalijn Conklin, Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), University of Cambridge

Date: 21 November (Thursday, week 6)

Time: 1 - 2pm

Venue: 61 Banbury Road (Seminar Room), Oxford OX2 6PE

Thu 21 November, 2013

Michaelmas 2013 Seminar Series
‘Demography, Agriculture & Food’

The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing holds Seminars every Thursday throughout Term, from 12:30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m at the Oxford Martin School 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD (with the exception of Thursday 17th October which is being held in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, 66 Banbury Road, OX2 6PR).
Everyone is welcome to attend.

> Seminars Programme [pdf]

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Time & Date: Thursday 21st November, from 12.30pm to 2pm

Venue: Oxford Martin School 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD

Convenor: Professor Sarah Harper

Speaker: Dr Michael Bonsall, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

‘Fundamental population dynamics and its implications for understanding agricultural systems and technologies’

Tue 19 November, 2013

Guest Lecture organised by the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group

“Urban food systems”

Speaker: Sharon Friel, Professor of Health Equity, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University & Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) for the World Health Organisation’s landmark global Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005- 2008).  

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2013

Time: 1.00pm  - 2.00pm

Venue: Room 211, Second Floor, Rosemary Rue Building,  Old Road Campus

All welcome

Mon 18 November, 2013

Speaker: Dianne Irwin

Date: 18th November 2013

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Venue: Daubeny Lecture Theatre, Botanic Garden Entrance, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AZ

Cost: £8 per talk or £36 for whole series

Book online

The practice of using extracts from plants for the control of agricultural pests dates back at least two millennia in countries such as China, Egypt, Greece and India. Syngenta's Natural Product Team recognises the potential of plants as a source of useful bioactive compounds. Dianne will illustrate her talk with case studies that show the challenges involved when developing novel products from plant sources.

This talk is part of the Botanic Gardens Science Lecture Series.

Fri 15 November, 2013

In the Wake of ‘Land Grabs’: Do we Need New Global Rules for Land Governance?

Date & Time: Friday, 15 November, 2.00 – 3.30

Venue: BSG Lecture Theatre, 10 Merton Street

Large-scale land acquisitions in Africa have grabbed the attention of the world’s media in the past few years. Foreign investors, from private companies to sovereign wealth funds, have been leasing Africa’s land, a trend driven by higher world food prices and concerns about longer term food, energy and water security. Some argue that this investment is welcome and will support Africa’s growth while others argue that there are major negative consequences as local farmers lose their land.

This seminar asks: how should governments balance the competing needs for food and fuel? How should investment in land be regulated? Do we need new global rules or a code of conduct for land acquisitions by foreign investors?

- Akachi Odoemene, Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow and former lecturer at Redeemer’s University, Nigeria
- Robin Palmer, Global Land Rights Policy Specialist, Mokoro
- Lorenzo Cotula, Senior Researcher, International Institute for Environment & Development, author of ‘The Great African Land Grab’

Thu 14 November, 2013

UBVO seminar series - Michaelmas Term 2013

Obesity, Systems and Complexity

Speaker: Harry Rutter, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Date: 14 November (Thursday, week 5)

Time: 1 - 2pm

Venue: 61 Banbury Road (Seminar Room), Oxford OX2 6PE