Past events

Tue 15 October, 2013

Health, Environment & Development (HED) Interdivisional Research Seminars

Michaelmas Term 2013

Time & Date: Tuesday 15th October, 5-6:30pm

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

Convenor: Dr Peter Wynn Kirby

Speaker: Professor Charles Godfray

'The challenge of feeding ~10 billion people sustainably and equitably'

Tue 15 October, 2013

Department for Continuing Education - Professonal Development

Geographic Information System (GIS) is becoming a vital tool in Conservation Management. GIS permits the digital mapping of species locations, transect routes, reserve boundaries, and reserve features (such as ponds) and reserve management (such as coppiced areas). NGOs are using digital programmes to develop and link with GIS, as a vital component of more robust methods of planning management and recording. This session will assume no prior knowledge of GIS and introduce students to the basics, utilising Phase 1 data to enable students to gain first-hand experience, under the watchful eye of the tutor who has 30 years’ experience in GIS mapping.

Tutor: Chris Talbot

Date: Tue 15 Oct 2013, 10am-5pm

Location: Ewert House, Summertown, Oxford

Course fee: £95.00

Mon 14 October, 2013

Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Michaelmas Term Seminars

Speaker: Laura Dawes, University of Cambridge

"Childhood Obesity in America: Biography of an Epidemic"

Date: Monday 14 October

Time: 2:15pm (coffee from 2:00pm)

Venue: Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE

Wed 02 October, 2013


Biodiversity Institute, Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, University of Oxford, OX1 3PS

The annual Biodiversity Institute Symposium this year will tackle the subject of Biodiversity Resilience. Factors leading to the loss of resilience in social-ecological systems are the focus many excellent on-going research programmes and symposia. However, this two-day symposium aims to highlight the other side of the resilience research agenda – namely factors that promote and lead to resilience of biodiversity. The symposium will showcase ongoing research that examines the biotic and abiotic processes and mechanisms responsible for biodiversity resilience (ranging from genomics to landscape-scale), through to policies and management that ensure resilience of biodiversity now and in the future. Invited speakers will be addressing the following topics and questions:

  • How do we create a resilient arctic ecosystem?
  • How does genomic biodiversity lead to resilience?
  • What is the role of biodiversity in functional resilience of ecosystems?
  • Resilience in the Oceans
  • Policy Trade-offs for Biodiversity Resilience
  • What can long-term records of population and community dynamics tell us about the stability and resilience of biodiversity and ecosystems?
  • Rapid plastic and evolutionary responses to environmental change: from processes to general patterns?
  • Landscape Resilience and Biodiversity in arid environment
  • Governing for resilience
Mon 23 September, 2013

Jenner Seminar

Speaker: Prof Ivan Morrison, The Roslin Institute, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh

Topic: Staphylococcus a. infection in cattle (exact title tbc)

Date: Monday 23rd September 2013

Time: 12 noon

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford OX3 7LF (please ring "CTSU" doorbell to gain access to the building). Directions: Campus map.

Thu 11 July, 2013

Date: Thursday 11 July 2013

Time: 4:15pm- 6:30pm

Venue: A J Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Speaker: Dr John F McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Management and Development Programme, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

OCTF seminar followed by drinks - all welcome

Mon 01 July, 2013

Time: 15:30 to 17:30

Date: Monday 1 July 2013

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

Cross-disciplinary research is a key element underpinning Oxford’s contributions to challenges that face society in the 21st century. Priority 2 of the University’s draft Strategic Plan is ‘to build on Oxford’s multiple disciplinary strengths and enable collaboration in new and developing areas.’ The Oxford Networks for the Environment seek to bring together the University’s expertise in science, technology, business, and society to address the complex, converging challenges of energy, water, and food security, climate change and threats to biodiversity.


The event is open to university staff and postgraduate research students. Please register at:

Fri 28 June, 2013

Mark Lawrence is visiting the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group on Friday 28th June 2013 and will be giving a talk about his work on food security and sustainability entitled 'Integrating environmental sustainability into the Dietary Guidelines’

Date: Friday 28th June

Time: 1pm

Venue: Rosemary Rue Building, Old Road Campus

Please contact Fay Nugent if you would like to attend this talk.

Tue 25 June, 2013

Full Planet, Empty Plates: the new geopolitics of food scarcity

Lester R. Brown

Date: Tuesday 25 June

Time: 4.30 - 5.30pm

Venue: Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, School of Geography and the Environment, South Parks Road

Please email to book your place

Could food be the weak link in our early twenty-first civilization, much as it was in so many of the earlier civilizations whose archaeological sites we now study?

The world is in transition from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity. On the demand side of the food equation, there will be 219,000 people at the dinner table tonight who were not there last night. And some 3 billion increasingly affluent people are moving up the food chain, consuming more grain-intensive livestock and poultry products. The bottom line is that we are entering an era of intensifying food scarcity, one that is leading to intense competition for control of land and water resources - in short, a new geopolitics of food.

Thu 20 June, 2013

Food security in the 21st Century

Mr Phil Bloomer, Oxfam GB

Date: 20 June 2013

Time: 13:00

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

In this lecture, Phil Bloomer (Director of Campaigns and Policy, Oxfam) will explore the role that science and scientists have to play in overcoming the challenges of food security and hunger in the 21st century.

Today, 1 in 8 of us go to bed hungry and this situation only looks set to worsen as we reach closer to the planet’s ecological limits and inequality rises to yet further extremes.

Whilst political and economic solutions, such as redistribution and targeted investment, are often at the forefront of the battle to ensure access to food for all, science also has a vital role to play. In order for scientific solutions to be used responsibly, however, scientists must acknowledge the political and economic context in which their solutions will play out.