Past events

Mon 21 October, 2013

Speaker: Gail Preston

Date: 21st October 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

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Metal hyperaccumulator plants are an unusual group of plants that are able to accumulate exceptionally high concentrations of metals such as zinc, nickel, copper and cadmium in their leaves. They are typically found growing in metal-rich soils, and are of interest because of their potential applications in remediation of metal pollution caused by mining and industry. However, the reasons why these plants do this are not fully understood. One possibility is that the toxicity of the accumulated metal provides an 'elemental' defence against herbivory and disease.

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

Mon 21 October, 2013

Feeding the elderly. A study of political, societal and individual practices regarding food for the elderly in Denmark 1880-2013

UBVO seminar series - Michaelmas Term 2013

Biocultural perspectives on globalizing fat stigma

Speaker: Tenna Jensen, University of Copenhagen

Date: Monday 21 October

Time: 2pm

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

Convener: Stanley Ulijaszek

For further information about the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity, please visit their website.

All are welcome to attend, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Thu 17 October, 2013

UBVO seminar series - Michaelmas Term 2013

Biocultural perspectives on globalizing fat stigma

Speaker: Alexandra Brewis, School of Human Evolution and Social Change & ASU-Mayo Clinic Obesity Solutions, Arizona State University

Date: 17 October (Thursday, week 1)

Time: 1 - 2pm

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

Thu 17 October, 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.

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Time & Date: Thursday 17th October, from 12.30pm to 2pm

Venue: Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, 66 Banbury Road, OX2 6PR

Convenor: Professor Sarah Harper

Speaker: Professor Dominic Kniveton, Professor of Climate Science and Society, University of Sussex

‘Tackling climate change and variability in Africa with local, indigenous and scientific knowledge’

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