Past events

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.

Thu 20 June, 2013

Date: Thursday, June 20 2013

Time: 12:30pm

Venue: Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, 100 Strand, London, WC2R 0EW

Lunch Presentation and commentary chaired by Nick Spencer, Director Client Strategies & Research, Russell Investments

A Preliminary Model for Constructing Tailored Farmland Portfolios

Dane Rook. D.Phil. Candidate, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford

Thu 20 June, 2013

Sustainable use and production of biochar in the UK

June 20 & 21st, 2013, Oxford

The conference is a unique event that aims to broaden the biochar spectrum, bring together all those that will benefit and launch a unique and innovative industry at the same time. This low carbon, community economy event is being held at Oxford Town Hall, Oxford.

We want to invite businesses, community groups, researchers, local authorities, waste management companies, composting facility, growing medium producers and biochar producers……. In fact, we believe that every business and every community can benefit from the sustainable production and deployment of biochar and it’s technology in some way, even if they only support it within their community.

So, if you’re interested in reducing costs and yet increasing profits, increasing productivity, reducing GHG, ISO accreditation, the science behind it or just in helping generate a low carbon economy and create a carbon sink and store within your low carbon community, then you need to come and meet the people that can tell you how to make it happen.

The conference will cover a wide range of talks given by industry, science and research leaders as well as policy-makers, waste specialists, technology providers and producers. The day includes a light lunch and refreshments and tickets start from as little as £65. Concession prices available.

You can download the full agenda from the Biochar Foundation website here

Register and buy tickets from the Biochar Foundation website here

Wed 19 June, 2013

A seminar hosted by Dr Saran Sohi from the UK Biochar Research Centre.

Date: Wednesday 19 June

Time: 2pm

Venue: Moa Room, OUCE

please RSVP to Emily Read if you would like to attend this seminar.

Thu 13 June, 2013

'Evolving Human Nutrition: Implications for Public Health' By Stanley Ulijaszek, Neil Mann and Sarah Elton, Cambridge University Press

Book launch and presentation from the authors

Venue: St Cross Room, St Cross College, Oxford

Date: Thursday 13 June 2013

Time: 5:30pm

Download a flyer for this event